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The Devil (Jack Taylor Series) [Kindle Edition]

Ken Bruen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 overly friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know much more than he should about Jack. Jack thinks no more of their meeting and resumes his old life in Galway.

            But when he’s called to investigate a student murder—connected to an elusive Mr. K—he remembers the man from the airport. Is the stranger really who he says he is? With the help of the Jameson, Jack struggles to make sense of it all. After several more murders and too many coincidental encounters, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis. But why has he been chosen? And could he really have taken on the devil himself?

            Suspenseful, haunting, and totally unique, The Devil is Bruen at his very best.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Bruen's atmospheric, metaphysically tinged eighth Jack Taylor novel, the Galway PI clashes with Satan himself--or so all the clues scream. Denied passage to America at the airport in Ireland, Jack decides Xanax isn't enough and hits the bar for a Jameson, where he meets the mysterious Kurt, who tells him that "evil hones in on those closest to redemption." Soon murder and suicide point to the involvement of a "Mr. K" and force Jack to revisit previous cases, including a session with a tinker fortune teller. Bruen's usual tour of Galway shows Jack finding comfort in "that vanished Ireland where people stopped in the streets, blessing themselves and said the prayer." In addition to drugs and booze, Jack starts smoking again and reflects, "The Sig was to hand. I was ready and be-jaysus, I was willing." Lots of such delicious moments for the legion of fans dot this outing for the beleaguered detective--one character even suggests Jack read Sanctuary (2009), the previous novel in the series.
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From Booklist

Former Garda detective and former Galway PI, Jack Taylor plans to immigrate to the U.S., but he runs afoul of airport security and isn’t allowed to board his flight. Although his disappointment is cushioned by Xanax, he heads for the bar to get additional solace from Jameson and Guinness, while indulging in his love of personal recrimination. But the self-loathing session is interrupted by a stranger who fancies diabolical puns and seems to know things about Jack. Returning to Galway, Jack is hired to find a missing student; when the student’s mutilated body is discovered, Jack recalls the unsettling stranger and begins to wonder if he is the Devil incarnate. On the way to a fateful showdown with the stranger (or Devil), Jack’s signature screeds about his own failings and life in contemporary Ireland seem somewhat more modulated than in Sanctuary (2009). Aficionados of Jack’s mental howls of rage and despair shouldn’t themselves despair: The Devil is anything but cheerful. It will go down nicely with a large Jameson. --Thomas Gaughan

Product Details

  • File Size: 222 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9XMG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Taylor vs. the Devil September 4, 2010
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Ken Bruen is back with a new noir masterpiece. My favorite character, Jack Taylor is continuing on adventures only Ken Bruen can think off. The story starts off with Jack wanting to go to America but he is not allowed to go and in the process meets his new adversary, the Devil. This new one is the darkest of them all. Taylor finally encounters real evil which is not to say that in some of his earlier exploits he did not also meet some pretty evil people. This new situation is his darkest and most helpless.
However, as Bruen points out, real Irishmen always have HOPE. It is a virtue that has sustained the Irish from earliest times. Once an Irishman loses hope then it is all over. Taylor may get himself in tight situations but he is a survivor. He is also not one to back down. In the politically correct world we live in it is enjoyable to see that not everyone conforms. Bruen knows how to satirize current society and points out where we have lost our humanity in our desire for materialism.
I enjoy Bruen's books for several reasons. I like the fast pace unpredictable action. You never know what is going to happen and you don't know if the situation is going to turn around or only get worse. Just like real life. I also like the Galway references. I lived in Galway for a time and my mother was born near Galway. I have walked past many of the locations he mentions and it brings back good memories. Many a day I wish I could walk to Supermacs knowing that things will only get better with the ingestion of a little natural grease. I also enjoy the religious references. Irishmen of my generation are indelibly marked by religion. Even if we try to get away we can't. Bruen's quotes such as: `Expect nothing, and by Christ, you're entitled to even less" hit home with me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Taylor v. the Dark Lord August 26, 2010
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This is a creepy and terrifying book, and possibly the best one in the Jack Taylor series. Jack is still stumbling around Galway, and a series of gruesome murders sets him on the path of discovering th e killer. What he discovers has his world turned almost upside down, for he comes to believe that the killer is the Devil himself. How he came to that conclusion I'll leave for the reader to discover.

Once he makes that discovery he sets out to combat this evil, but those he seeks for assistance tend to end up quite dead. The ending is brutal and shocking, but even though the reader, and Jack, believe that it's all over, something appears in the paper to shake his conviction.

Ken Bruen is a master of suspense and this book gives it in spades. It's a real page turner. I was so caught up in it that I finished it in just a few hours of reading, determined as I was to find out how it ends. I then gave it to my son, who is also a big Ken Bruen fan, to read, and he had the same feeling about the book that I had, and he finished it in rapid order. Do yourself a favor; if you enjoy Ken Bruen's writing don't miss this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has Jack Taylor lost the plot (or Ken Bruen)? December 11, 2011
What did I just read? I love Ken Bruen and the way he writes the Jack Taylor books. The cadence of the storytelling, the anguish, the pain, the drinking, the occasional glimmers of hope and redemption. And in The Devil all of these things are there, however, what's new is the introduction of the supernatural, the devil himself.

If there's one thing that keeps me coming back to crime novels it's the reality of the stories that are told. So looking back on this book I'm not sure if what I read is about reality or not. Taylor consumed enough Xanax, Jamesons and Guinness through the story that he could have imagined most of what we read, indeed this could be one of the great 'unreliable narrator' stories of all time. In fact there are a few things that Taylor seems to remember (and retell) well after the event that would support this conclusion. But I didn't finish the book convinced this was the case.

If Jack Taylor has lost the plot then this is a great book. If Ken Bruen has lost the plot then I am worried about the future of one of my favourite writers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Totally bonkers but fun April 13, 2012
WTF? I say again, WTF? This is my first Ken Bruen novel, and I had understood that he's a crime writer, but what we have here is a private eye taking on...Satan. And this isn't a one-off novel, it's the latest in a series featuring p.i. Jack Taylor, who works out of Galway, Ireland. As far as I know the previous Tayler novels have no supernatural content. So, the Devil comes to Galway and begins committing a series of exceedingly nasty and cruel murders. The victims are people Jack knows or has recently met. The Devil's motivation, aside from being, well, fiendish and evil, is that Jack unknowingly interfered with one of his petty schemes in a previous novel. Naturally enough, Jack doesn't believe he's dealing with the Devil off the top, but by the end of the novel he, and we, are convinced that the mysterious and wealthy Kurt is the Prince of Darkness.

Needless to say, the basic concept of The Devil is absolutely bonkers, even laughable. Somehow, though, the ridiculousness of the story didn't bother me that much. The main reason is that Bruen is a spectacularly good writer. His prose is electric with tension and violence, and his humour is very, very dark. I say prose, but at points his style becomes consciously poetic with paragraphs and sentences broken down in to something like stanzas. Bruen, like so many Irish writers past and present, is clearly in love with words, the sound of them, the meaning of them, even the look of them. With writing this good, story and plot almost becomes of secondary interest.

I said almost. There are two ways to look at the Devil's presence in the story. First, he could be a paranoid delusion that exists only in Jack's mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Below the usual standard
Bruen always provides an enjoyable read and JackTaylor is a great character. This story began well but was implausible and fizzled out at the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruen Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Ends rather quickly
I liked the story, I've become fond of Jack Taylor but I don't think the ending was plausible. Hey, but the story is entertaining. That's what counts.t tv
Published 4 months ago by william r tronson
5.0 out of 5 stars Can the devil be defeated?
Another gritty thriller written in Bruen's distinctive almost 'stream of consciousness' narration style, this time pitching Jack against a mysterious and truly evil character... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sleipnir
4.0 out of 5 stars New to Jack Taylor novels
after watching some shows on Netflix I was interested in the author of the shows. I purchased this book to see if the books were as good as the shows on Netflix. Read more
Published 7 months ago by PhuckMexico
3.0 out of 5 stars Has Ken Bruen lost faith in his readers?
I love the Jack Taylor books - but wasnt completely convinced that Ken Bruen was taking us seriously as readers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kelliea
5.0 out of 5 stars If Stephen King were Irish, he'd have written this crime noir story
Author Ken Bruen's crime noir novels featuring Jack Taylor are wickedly funny -- Irish wit at its absolute darkest. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ellen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, curious execution
As in later Jack Taylor installments, the religious titles continue here in number eight, upping the ante for his confrontation with Mr. K. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John L Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Ken Bruen is a Treasure
Ken Bruen is a writer like no other. His writing draws you into a relationship with him as an author and with his characters.
Published 12 months ago by MD
1.0 out of 5 stars #8 COMPLETELY different from #1-#6 ????
I so thoroughly LOVED the Jack Taylor series #1 - #6, this #8 seemed to have been Ghost written by someone other than Ken Bruen! Wholely unlike (and unlikable) all the others. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeffrey C. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars "So, the Devil is hanging out in airports, looking for poor bastards...
When I started reading this book and realized that Bruen had decided to introduce the character of the Devil into the story I tried not to like it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sebastian Fernandez
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