Even in the state he's in, Jack Taylor has an uncanny ability to know where to look, what questions to ask, and with the aid of an English policeman, apparently solves the case.
©2002 Ken Bruen; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
Ken Bruen writes wonderfully. Jack Taylor is a very interesting character. I get great references to authors who I've not read and will truly enjoy. And yet ... These stories are an unremitting slog through the life of a bad alcoholic. I really don't see the point in revistiting, time and time again, the depths to which Jack can descend while he's ruining his life with drink. It's so unfortunate - I love the location, I love the characters - I barely finished the first book and I could not finish this one.
I have enjoyed many other mysteries by this author, but this book was very disappointing. Basically 90% of the book is the main character moaning about his life, getting high on cocaine, and getting drunk. I feel as if I was robbed.
This is crime fiction where the crimes are incidental. In other words, this is literature loosely based around some wrongdoing. The fact that these books are character driven is the key; the fact that that character is Jack Taylor is immense. Highly literate, funny, daring, rightgeous and usually pissed, JT is great company.
On to book 3.
This is the first Ken Bruen book I've listened to and I came straight off Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville, looking for something similar. This is not. It has a kind of who cares attitude right down to the ending. It's full of excess and the results of it and makes no apologies.
I liked the characters they were interesting and you felt for them, but the story has a weird pace. It spent a lot of time up front and all of a sudden it ended. Still if you are in it for the journey as opposed to a succinct destination it's a colourful jaunt. I'm downloading two more right now, prepared to give Ken a couple more tries.
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