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The Ghosts of Galway
02 Nov 2017 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781786696991

A brand-new tale featuring profane antihero and disgraced former policeman Jack Taylor. Jack takes on a security job, but it's not what it seems and soon Jack is heading down ever more mysterious paths involving a blasphemous text stolen from the Vatican.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 304 pages
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The Ghosts of Galwayby Ken Bruen

Ill-fated ex-cop Jack Taylor is broke and working nightshifts as a security guard when he receives an unexpected commission – find The Red Book, an infamous blasphemous text stolen from the Vatican archives. The thief, a rogue priest, is now believed to be hiding out in Galway. Despite Jack's distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is just too good to turn down.

It won't be hard for a man with Jack's skills to track down the errant churchman, but Jack has underestimated The Red Book's toxic lure and will be powerless to stem the wave of violence unleashed in its wake – a wave that will engulf Jack and all those around him.

'Bruen has a surreal mind and an unusual writing style of short, sharp, often one-word sentences. It shouldn't work, but it does, delightfully' The Times, Books of the Year.

Ken Bruen is one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades. He received a doctorate in metaphysics, taught English in South Africa, and then became a crime novelist. He is the recipient of two Barry Awards, two Shamus Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Edgar Award. He lives in Galway, Ireland.

Bruen is the recipient of many awards, including the Shamus Award, the Macavity, the Barry and Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere. He was also a finalist for the Edgar Allen Poe Award.

MARKET: Adrian McKinty; Derek Raymond.


'Bruen's spare prose perfectly suits this bleakly mesmerizing tale' Irish Independent

'Bruen has a surreal mind and an unusual writing style of short, sharp, often one-word sentences. It shouldn't work, but it does, delightfully' The Times Books of the Year

'Ken Bruen is a total one-off ... In a hard-boiled piece of noir, Ken's unique style probably shouldn't work, yet it does, leavened with Irish whimsy and bits of homespun philosophy ... Wonderful stuff, shoe-horning new vitality into an established sub-genre' ShotsMag

'This always sparky book is an excellent read' Galway Advertiser

'Bruen's visceral writing and anger brings a fierce, almost surreal intensity to this mad story of a heretical book that turns up in Galway' Metro

'Bruen's trademark machine-gun prose often sends word flying across the page, but it's in keeping with the poetic meditations that occupy Taylor when he's not actively fighting for his life' Connaught Telegraph

'An easy page-turning read where Bruen asks little of his reader and throws plenty of bones in terms of one-liners, lightly sketched characters and, far and away his strongest suit, dialogue' Irish Examiner

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