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Ken Bruen's unique cop brought to life by Iain Glen,
This review is from: JACK TAYLOR, SET 1 (DVD)
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Though this series has never regularly been available on US television it has every bit as much appeal as most of the good cop/bad cop/private investigator series on view here. Jack Taylor, played with abundant skill by Iain Glen, is Ken Bruen's an ex-irish guard cop turned PI with a bit of a drinking problem - a detective/private eye/finder who has been dismissed from the Garda Síochána (Irish police) and is now finding things for people in Galway, Ireland. The Irish call their gumshoes "finders" since "private eye" sounds too much like "informer". In Bruen's novels Jack Taylor is a loner...just an alcoholic Galway gumshoe who finds tinkers and Mary Magdalen's and flops often in his room at a local boarding house. His talent is finding people and he eventually solves the crime. The series is at times dark, Jack usually gets a round of beating in each episode. He's tough because has to be, the crimes he explores are ugly, and the solutions are intricately woven together making it almost impossible not to be surprised at the end. But part of the pleasure of these three episodes is the fact that the series is peppered with bits of humor in the Irish fashion - some of the most glib and sarcastic dialogue written.
For those who have enjoyed Ian Glen's work on `Game of Thrones' or `Downton Abbey' or `Strike Back' or `The Borgias', this series will please. There are three episodes included - The Guards, The Pikemen, and The Magdalen Martyrs - and each is well crafted and full of Jack Taylorisms. And if you are a fan of UK series this deserves your attention. Grady Harp, October 13