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Ken Bruen


Ken Bruen

Ken Bruen has been a finalist for the Edgar, Barry and Dagger Awards. The Private Eye Writers of America presented him with the Shamus Award for the Best Novel of 2003 for THE GUARDS, the book that introduced Jack Taylor. And in 2010, the Mystery Readers International bestowed the Macavity Award on Ken and Reed Farrel Coleman for their crime novel TOWER. Ken lives in Galway, Ireland.

Ken Bruen

Books by Ken Bruen

by Ken Bruen - Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

A Cambridge graduate who becomes murderous over split infinitives, dangling modifiers, and any other sign of bad grammar. Meanwhile, Jack is approached by a grieving father with a pocketful of cash on offer if Jack will help exact revenge on those responsible for his daughter’s brutal rape and murder. Though hesitant to get involved, Jack agrees to get a read on the likely perpetrators. But he is soon derailed by the reappearance of Emily (previous alias: Emerald), the chameleon-like young woman who joined forces with Jack to take down her father in GREEN HELL and who remains passionate, clever, and homicidal. 

by Ken Bruen - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Ex-cop Jack Taylor has hit rock bottom again. One of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him; he has given up battling his addiction to alcohol and pills; and his firing from the Irish national police, the Guards, is ancient history. But Jack isn’t about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead, he has taken up a vigilante case against a respected professor of literature at the University of Galway who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore.

by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery

Ruined and on the lam, former drug kingpin Max Fisher stumbles upon the biggest discovery of his crooked life: a designer drug called PIMP that could put him back on top. Meanwhile, a certain femme fatale from his past is pursuing a comeback dream of her own, setting herself up in Hollywood as producer of a series based on her and Max’s life story. But even in La-La Land, happy endings are hard to come by, especially with both the cops and your enemies in the drug trade coming after you.

by Ken Bruen - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Recovering from the severe mental and physical wounds inflicted from his recent past, former cop Jack Taylor has finally found a modicum of peace. Yet this fragile existence is threatened when a vigilante killer begins targeting the scum of Galway, signing mysterious notes with the moniker “C 33.” The killer addresses these cryptic letters to Jack, trying to goad him into joining the murderous spree.

by Ken Bruen - Fiction, Mystery

The narrator’s father has died, and his only inheritance is a heavy, leather-bound book. He has never seen it before and has trouble believing that his brutal, ignorant father ever touched something so beautiful. But the volume is well-thumbed, full of aphorisms and advice written in the dead man’s hand. Soon after he reads it, the son finds his life spiraling out of control. If he doesn’t want to follow Daddy to the grave, he had best heed the lessons of the book.

by Ken Bruen - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Nothing has ever truly terrified Jack Taylor until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland.

by Ken Bruen - Fiction, Thriller

After Jack Taylor is denied entry to the U.S., he has what he thinks is a meaningless encounter with an odd stranger on his way back to Galway. But the strange man continues to reappear, and he may be connected to a recent string of murders.