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    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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    • John
    • 09/08/2013

    This is literature, not just crime fiction

    A friend told me I should check out this book.
    I did.
    I was afraid I'd get hooked.
    I am.
    Friends tell me I now talk like Jack Taylor as rendered by the marvelous Gerry O'Brien
    I do.

    This is a wonderfully written, humorous and touching story. The crime is nearly beside the point. I'm lining up the Ken Bruen books now and plan to devour them one after another.

    Great stuff.

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    • Avi Stachenfeld
    • 27/03/2012

    BRUEN...THE BEST

    ...of all mystery writers, bruen is the best...writer, that is...the story is just along for the ride... a unique knack for dialogue, an unrivaled knowledge of music and literature... an ability to find a poignant phrase that speaks to the deepest parts of each of us...never a word in excess... orwell would be proud! the reader, gerry o'brien, a perfect complement to bruen's prose.

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    • Terry
    • 08/10/2013

    Hated this book.

    This book was not at all what is was portrayed to be about. This was more about the problems of alcoholism than a murder mystery.

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    • Lawrence
    • 07/01/2013

    Almost flawless

    Bruen captures the pathos and humour of a drunken Irish dick. Self destructive and so human, it is hard not to identify with the lead (I can't call him hero) of this book. Beckett meets Chandler and a stone bottle of cheap gin.

    Offered wine after a dinner of a six pack of beer, Jack says, "Ah fuckit man," then confides that that is the abridged version of the Serenity Prayer.

    You get the picture.

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    • Sharon
    • 25/12/2017

    Wonderful

    I almost passed on this book due to all the negative reviews about main character's drinking problem. Not sure what their issues are. This was a great story with interesting and well developed characters. Very Irish Loved it and plan on listening to the whole series

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    • Gavin
    • 19/02/2011

    Great book for alcoholics

    ThIs is basically about drinking. The author is pretty funny, and the main character is likable. But something was missing.

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    • Cheryl
    • 23/03/2014

    A drunken hero . . . sounds lovely, huh?

    I did not like the way that the author, Ken Bruen, continuely went on and on about Jack Taylor’s alcoholism. It took away from the plot of the story.

    The character, Jack, self-pitied himself, couldn’t find love, and couldn’t stop drinking. It got a little annoying and lost the focus of the plot, finding out who murdered the girl.

    I was definitely glad when the story was over. I don’t think that I will continue with the series “The Killing of the Tinkers.” I have a feeling the author will continue to have Jack’s alcoholism lead the story.

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    • Dan
    • 10/11/2013

    Ireland's answer to Harry Hole

    I really love Taylor's flawed character. The dialogue held the classic sort of Irish humor I'd hoped for. My only complaint is that I wished it had gone on longer.

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    • Cecelia O'Rourke
    • 11/12/2019

    God bless he Irishisms

    Read this book and laughed. This time I listened to it and didn’t laugh as much... the sadness of alcoholism bore hard on me. Loved he narration and the accents .
    Have read the whole series and highly recommend. Thank you Ken Brien.

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    • Kim
    • 23/08/2018

    A little to much drunk

    The story has potential, I got tired of the guy being drunk all the time. It seemed more a story of an alcoholic and his troubles than a murder mystery.

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