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Headstone (Jack Taylor Novel of Terror (Hardcover)) Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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Hard hitting ... a remarkable series.”—Publishers Weekly
Headstone is an excellent addition to the Jack Taylor series.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
Ken Bruen is brilliant. While HEADSTONE is the stuff of nightmares, it is also the stuff of redemption, even at great cost. You will feel wrung out after reading this one, but all the gladder for it.”—Bookreporter
Headstone is one of the year's best reading pleasures.”—Crime Fiction Dossier
Bruen is threatening to become a mass cult figure in the U.S. as well as a critical favorite.”—Allen Barra, The Atlantic
A nonstop rampage of intrigue, mayhem, lunacy and dark-dark-dark humor.”—Shelf Awareness
"Bruen's voice is unmistakable: finely chiseled paragraphs that more closely resemble verse than prose. . . . Bleaker than David Goodis, colder than Derek Raymond, and funnier and more violent than Richard Stark, Ken Bruen is among the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades."Los Angeles Review of Books
A welcome entry. B+.”—Avid Mystery Reader
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Irish private eye Jack Taylor is back for his ninth go-round with demons both natural and otherwise. A gang of young thugs is preying on some of Galway's innocents, and Taylor takes it on himself to stop them.
Headstone is typical of the series. The plot is straightforward, but elegantly wrought. It's violent, but not bloody. The prose is beautiful, idiosyncratic and evocative. As always, Bruen's style is uniquely his own. Nobody else can write like this and they'd be crazy to try.
Venerable editor and bookseller Otto Penzler could not have chosen a better novel with which to relaunch the Mysterious Press, his publishing imprint now located at Grove/Atlantic. Headstone is one of the year's best reading pleasures.
His past littered with losses, Jack is temporarily euphoric, filled with hope for the first time in years awaiting the arrival of a lady he has met in England when a threat from a violent group targeting society's weakest citizens suggests serious troubling brewing, violence that will include Taylor, Ridge and Stewart as collateral. But Jack is sidetracked by a lucrative finder's fee earned from a cold-eyed prelate that ends tragically. Likewise, hiss efforts to save a friend's daughter from a greedy spouse turn sour in the light of day, Jack reeling with outrage and betrayal. Then Taylor is trapped in a nightmare, proof of the limitless cruelties of God's creatures. Splayed across a headstone by the evil cult, Jack is given a lesson by some nasty individuals, one of whom holds a serious grudge against him, Garda Ridge and Stewart in imminent danger as well, serious wrongs to be avenged.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’m sitting here in Colorado Springs, munching on Irish soda bread and preparing MBR Number 46, and hey, guess what . . . Read morePublished 5 months ago by John McKenna
You either don't get Bruen's Jack Taylor series or you love it like a jar of the black to an alcoholic. Pour me another.Published 11 months ago by BFD
Ken Bruen , He's the man....almost everything this man write will keep you on the edge of your seat!Published 13 months ago by Donald Wiman
Such a tragic character, jack has been through the ringer and then some. Noir on crack, alcohol and cigarettes. Love this series!Published 14 months ago by JANA BECK
Jack Taylor rips the heart right out of you once again in this latest in the series. Another non-stop read that knocks you out and leaves you wanting more.Published 18 months ago by Eileen D. Cleland
Love all Ken Bruen's stuff, especially the Jack Taylor and Inspector Brant books. I like the hook for the next book, too.Published 18 months ago by S. Laabs