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    • The Guards

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 188

    Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana, and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. He is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future non-existent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is literature, not just crime fiction

    • By John on 08-09-13

    Regular price: $16.01

    • In the Galway Silence

    • A Jack Taylor Novel
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Jack Taylor still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon. Once again, trouble comes to him - this time in the form of a wealthy Frenchman who wants Jack to investigate the double-murder of his twin sons. Jack is meanwhile roped into looking after his girlfriend's nine-year-old son and is in for a shock with the appearance of a character out of his past. The plot is one big chess game, and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious player, a vigilante called "Silence"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The noirest of all Ken Bruen's books

    • By Mathilde Ben Jacob on 11-22-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Killing of the Tinkers

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    Jack Taylor, a disgraced ex-cop in Galway, has slid further down the slope of despair. After a year in London he returns to his home town of Galway with a leather coat and a coke habit. Someone is systematically slaughtering young travellers and dumping their bodies in the city centre. 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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • What a waste

    • By Lynda Rands on 10-06-14

    Regular price: $16.96

    • The Magdalen Martyrs

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Jack Taylor, traumatised, bitter and hurting from his last case, has resolved to give up the finding business. However, he owes the local hard man a debt of honour and it appears easy enough: find “the Angel of the Magdalen” – a woman who helped the unfortunates incarcerated in the infamous laundry. He is also hired by a whizz kid to prove that his father’s death was no accident. Jack treats both cases as relatively simple affairs.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bruen does it again

    • By Cameron on 04-18-12

    Regular price: $16.54

    • The Book of Virtue

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: David Ledoux
    • Length: 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    He doesn’t cry when his father, Frank, dies. The old man was an abusive, self-absorbed drunk, and when cancer takes him to his deathbed, his son is there to watch. At Frank’s final moment he leans over and whispers in his ear, letting the dying man know that he’s glad to see him go.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Murder at the Racetrack

    • Original Tales of Mystery and Mayhem Down the Final Stretch from Today's Great Writers
    • By: Otto Penzler (editor), Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, and others
    • Narrated by: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 6

    An anthology of 13 racetrack mysteries containing original short stories, centered on horseracing, by the following authors: Joyce Carol Oates, H.R.F. Keating, John Lescroart, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Jan Burke, Max Allan Collins, Thomas H. Cook, Pat Jordan, Michael Malone, Michele Martinez, Julie Smith, and Scott Wolven.

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Dramatist

    • A Jack Taylor Novel
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Seems impossible, but Jack Taylor is sober - off booze and pills, and nearly off cigarettes. One reason: his dealer's in jail. When that dealer calls him to Dublin and asks a favor in the sordid visiting room of Mountjoy Prison, Jack wants to tell him to take a flying leap. But he doesn't - can't - because the man's sister is dead and the guards have called it "death by misadventure." But the dealer says that can't be true and begs Jack to see what he can find.

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Ghosts of Galway

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    As well-versed in politics, pop culture, and crime fiction as he is ill-fated in life, Jack Taylor is recovering from a mistaken medical diagnosis and a failed suicide attempt. In need of money - and with former cop on his resume - Jack has been hired as a night-shift security guard. But his Ukrainian boss has Jack in mind for a bit of off-the-books work. He wants Jack to find what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, The Red Book, which is currently in the possession of a rogue priest who is hiding out in Galway after fleeing the Vatican.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • OH!! So Good

    • By paul on 03-16-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Devil

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    America - the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons: - but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry.Disappointed and bitter, he thinks that an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know rather more than he should about Jack.Jack thinks no more of their meeting and resumes his old life in Galway.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If Stephen King were Irish, he'd have written this

    • By L. N. on 09-05-13

    Regular price: $19.19

    • Bust

    • The Max and Angela Series, Book 1
    • By: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Five valuable lessons you can learn by listening to Bust: When you hire someone to kill your wife, don't hire a psychopath. Don't use Drano to get rid of a dead body. Those locks on hotel room doors? They're not very secure. A curly blond wig isn't much of a disguise. Secrets can kill.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Another Plan Gone Awry

    • By Jim N on 02-16-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Pimp

    • The Max and Angela Series, Book 4
    • By: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Ruined and on the lam, former drug kingpin Max Fisher stumbles upon the biggest discovery of his crooked life: a designer drug called PIMP that could put him back on top. Meanwhile, a certain femme fatale from his past is pursuing a comeback dream of her own, setting herself up in Hollywood as producer of a series based on her and Max's life story. But even in La-La Land, happy endings are hard to come by, especially with both the cops and your enemies in the drug trade coming after you.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Purgatory

    • Jack Taylor, Book 10
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Jack Taylor thinks he has a chance at last to rest and heal from the myriad mental and physical traumas that beset him. However, after a skateboarder long suspected of dealing drugs to children is shot dead in mid-air during a public performance, Jack receives a cryptic message with a picture of the skateboarder, a clipping about a rapist gone free through procedural error, and a chilling invitation: "Your turn." The note is signed simply "C 33."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great read from Ken Bruin

    • By Alex on 11-13-13

    Regular price: $18.86

    • Headstone

    • A Jack Taylor Novel of Terror
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Evil has many guises and Jack Taylor has encountered most of them, and has the scars to prove it. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland that leave even the national police shaken. And Jack is especially vulnerable now that he has finally found love and happiness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bruen at his best..

    • By A. Koren on 10-28-11

    Regular price: $18.86

    • Green Hell

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Jack Taylor has again hit rock bottom: one of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him. But Jack isn't about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead he has taken up a vigilante case against a professor of literature who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore. And when Jack rescues a preppy American student from a couple of kid thugs, he also unexpectedly gains a new sidekick.

    Regular price: $17.23

    • The Dramatist

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    The accidental deaths of two students appear random, tragic events, except that in each case a copy of a book by John Millington Synge is found beneath the body. Jack begins to believe that "The Dramatist", a calculating killer, is out there, enticing him to play. As the case twists and turns Jack's refuge, the city of Galway, now demands he sacrifice the only love he's maintained, and while Iraq burns, he seems a step away from the abyss.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Standard Bruen fare full of J and Guards

    • By G.R. on 01-30-12

    Regular price: $15.80

    • Green Hell

    • A Jack Taylor Novel
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Jack Taylor has hit rock bottom: one of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him; he has given up battling his addiction to alcohol and pills; and his firing from the Irish national police, the Garda, is ancient history.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Sanctuary

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Two guards; one nun; one judge. When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, PI Jack Taylor is sickened, but tells himself the list has nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery and alcohol's siren song is calling to him ever more insistently. A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost.

    Regular price: $19.18

    • Dublin Noir

    • The Celtic Tiger vs. The Ugly American
    • By: Ken Bruen (editor)
    • Narrated by: John Lee, Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Irish crime-fiction sensation Ken Bruen and cohorts shine a light on the dark streets of Dublin. Dublin Noir features an awe-inspiring cast of writers who between them have won all major mystery and crime-fiction awards. This collection introduces secret corners of a fascinating city and surprise assaults on the "Celtic Tiger" of modern Irish prosperity.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Slide

    • The Max and Angela Series, Book 2
    • By: Ken Bruen, Jason Starr
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Max Fisher used to run a computer company; Angela Petrakos was his assistant and mistress. But that was last year. Now Max is reinventing himself as a hip-hop crack dealer, and Angela is back in Ireland hooking up with a would-be record setter - in the field of serial killing. Will their paths cross again?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not as funny as southpark and not a cartoon

    • By Richard on 11-16-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Calibre

    • Inspector Brant Series
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission. His cause: A long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners. When a man gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, or a parking lot attendant is rude to a series of customers, the "Manners Killer" makes sure that the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Always love Brandt

    • By Ripley on 02-25-14
    • Inspector Brant Series
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 10-15-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 31 ratings

    Regular price: $10.46

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