Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: Headstone


Headstone
Headstone by Ken Bruen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This was my introduction to noir poet Ken Bruen, and I will be diving into his prolific writings immediately. The latest in the Jack Taylor series, Bruen peels back the veneer of Galway and shows the machinations of the idyllic seaside town through real and broken people who love it. Jack Taylor is a hard drinking man who believes "law is for the courthouse and justice is served in the alleyways," a dinosaur relic in our ethically wobbly times. With a verbal economy verging on poetry and a masterful eye for human character, Bruen is a force of nature and his latest novel with the Mysterious Press is a treasure. If you haven't read him before, like myself, you'll be kicking yourself for waiting so long.



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1 comments:

Ben said...

Crime fiction is really like a rabbit hole. Just went you think you're getting the gist of it, you discover another amazing writer.

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