Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s....
When human remains are discovered at a former children's home, DI Kim Stone fast realizes she's on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades....
Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts....
I didn't want to go to America, I didn't want to work for Darkey White. I had my reasons. But I went....
A gripping stand-alone thriller from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Logan McRae series....
A 90-year-old man is found dead in his bed, smothered with his own pillow. On his desk, the police find newspaper cuttings about a murder case dating from the Second World War....
Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered....
Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....
DS Logan McRae and the police in Aberdeen hunt a child killer who stalks the frozen streets....
Richard Coulter is a man who has everything....
Christian Stern, an ambitious young scholar and alchemist, arrives in Prague in the bitter winter of 1599, intent on making his fortune at the court of the Holy Roman emperor....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
Henning Mankell's last novel about an aging man whose quiet, solitary life on an isolated island off the coast of Sweden is turned upside down when his house catches fire....
All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the King of Manhattan North, a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force"....
Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love has been murdered in America....
Blood has always been thicker than water for two Northern Irish brothers caught in the Belfast foster system....
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation....
Until a dazzling woman walks into the bar with a strange request and a rumour about Jack's talent for finding things. Odds are he won't be able to climb off his barstool long enough to get involved, but when he surprises himself by getting hired, Jack has little idea of what he's getting into.
A friend told me I should check out this book.
I was afraid I'd get hooked.
Friends tell me I now talk like Jack Taylor as rendered by the marvelous Gerry O'Brien
This is a wonderfully written, humorous and touching story. The crime is nearly beside the point. I'm lining up the Ken Bruen books now and plan to devour them one after another.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
...of all mystery writers, bruen is the best...writer, that is...the story is just along for the ride... a unique knack for dialogue, an unrivaled knowledge of music and literature... an ability to find a poignant phrase that speaks to the deepest parts of each of us...never a word in excess... orwell would be proud! the reader, gerry o'brien, a perfect complement to bruen's prose.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Bruen captures the pathos and humour of a drunken Irish dick. Self destructive and so human, it is hard not to identify with the lead (I can't call him hero) of this book. Beckett meets Chandler and a stone bottle of cheap gin.
Offered wine after a dinner of a six pack of beer, Jack says, "Ah fuckit man," then confides that that is the abridged version of the Serenity Prayer.
You get the picture.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
ThIs is basically about drinking. The author is pretty funny, and the main character is likable. But something was missing.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I really love Taylor's flawed character. The dialogue held the classic sort of Irish humor I'd hoped for. My only complaint is that I wished it had gone on longer.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book was not at all what is was portrayed to be about. This was more about the problems of alcoholism than a murder mystery.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I did not like the way that the author, Ken Bruen, continuely went on and on about Jack Taylor’s alcoholism. It took away from the plot of the story.
The character, Jack, self-pitied himself, couldn’t find love, and couldn’t stop drinking. It got a little annoying and lost the focus of the plot, finding out who murdered the girl.
I was definitely glad when the story was over. I don’t think that I will continue with the series “The Killing of the Tinkers.” I have a feeling the author will continue to have Jack’s alcoholism lead the story.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Don't read Brien until you are ready to read all of his work. If you start reading him you can't stop. You won't want to stop. I have read them all many times. I frequently quote him. This is the first audio book of his I have tried. I read better myself.
Clear description of alcoholic thinking n behavior character love able enuf to make me want to listen to series. Always love Irish brogue but reader is easily understood.
Would you try another book from Ken Bruen and/or Gerry O'Brien?
Unfortunately ordered two for a trip. Did not listen to second.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
A little more enthusiasm and sharper character portrayal.
What didn’t you like about Gerry O'Brien’s performance?
Could you see The Guards being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Any additional comments?
Dont waste your $$
Watched the TV show, So I had to get the book. I really enjoyed both but as you all know so much more detail in the book.
I chose this book because i was looking for books narrated by Gerry O Brien. Enjoyable but forgettable. Not a patch on others he has narrated.
I cannot understand why Ken Bruen does no get the recognition he deserves. If you like scandinavian crime novels with slightly dysfunctional protagonists who have an unhealthy relationship with booze, you will love Jack Taylor. However in contrary to his nordic counterparts he is not permanently close to depression but displays a very Irish cynicism. The crime itself plausibly developed.
Listening to Gerry O'Brien as a narrator is a pleasure (I hate it when Irish books are read by English narrators). If you are looking for an intelligent but witty crime novel, go for it!