Jack Taylor

18 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 540 ratings

The Guards Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

©2001 Ken Bruen (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • The Guards

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 181
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 181

    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

  • Book 2

    • The Killing of the Tinkers

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 71

    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

  • Book 3

    • 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 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    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

  • Book 4

    • The Dramatist

    • A Jack Taylor Novel
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Michael Deehy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

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    • The Dramatist

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    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

  • Book 5

    • Priest

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Ireland is no longer the land of saints and scholars. Now, in an era of prosperity, the sexual scandals surrounding the church have caused its people to lose faith in the one institution that seemed invulnerable. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church brings a gasp to the most hardened cynics. Not to Jack Taylor. Emotionally bruised, battered, and still struggling with the demon drink, he’s back in town, trying to get his life on course after the traumatic trauma of personal loss.

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  • Book 6

    • Cross

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.

    Regular price: $19.18

  • Book 7

    • Sanctuary

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

  • Book 8

    • The Devil

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    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

  • Book 9

    • 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 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    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
    • A Jack Taylor Novel of Terror
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 10-11-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 29 ratings

    Regular price: $18.86

    • Headstone

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Some people help the less fortunate. Others kill them.

    Evil has many guises. Jack Taylor has encountered most of them but nothing before has ever truly terrified him until a group called Headstone rears its ugly head. An elderly priest is viciously beaten until nearly dead. A special-needs boy is brutally attacked. A series of seemingly random, insane, violent events even has the Guards shaken. This coterie of evil intends to act as a death knell to every aspect of Jack's life as an act of appalling violence alerts him to the horror enveloping Galway.

    Regular price: $18.58

  • Book 10

    • 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 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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

    • Purgatory

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Someone is scraping the scum off the streets of Galway, and they want Jack Taylor to get involved. A drug pusher, a rapist, a loan shark: all targeted in what look like vigilante attacks. And the killer is writing to Jack, signing their name: C-33. Jack has had enough. He doesn’t need the money, and doesn’t want to get involved. But when his friend Stewart gets drawn in, it seems he isn’t been given a choice.

    Regular price: $18.58

  • Book 11

    • 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 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    • A Jack Taylor Novel
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 07-07-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 21 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Green Hell

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

  • Book 12

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  • Book 13

    • The Ghosts of Galway

    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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

  • Book 14

    • In the Galway Silence

    • A Jack Taylor Novel
    • By: Ken Bruen
    • Narrated by: Gerry O'Brien
    • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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"....

    Regular price: $34.99