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Only thing I got out of it is a recommendation for some proper Noir books by David Goodis, an author who sounds fascinating. After all Taylor spent nearly a chapter rambling about him. Mar 06, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: Jack is in all sorts of self-inflicted trouble again. He's in hospital, severely affected by a nervous breakdown, after his negligence caused the death of someone very very important to him and his last close friends, when he's bought back from the brink by the kindness of another patient.

On his release Jack returns to his previous life with a new-found determination to avoid drinking and drugs. When his least favourite priest, Father Malachy asks Jack for help in discovering why a local priest Jack is in all sorts of self-inflicted trouble again. When his least favourite priest, Father Malachy asks Jack for help in discovering why a local priest was decapitated in his church confessional, Jack falls into that and other investigations but clings to his promise to stay sober. He's still an angry and depressed man, but as he has been all the way through this series, he's acutely self-aware and for the first time some of this anger is actually directed squarely at himself.

He's angry with the way that Irish society is changing, he's still angry with the Catholic Church and in particular it's attitude to paedophilia and sexual abuse. Whilst PRIEST is part of a series and the reader definitely benefits from reading the early books, firstly because they are universally excellent, but also to see how Jack and the author have moved through a series of phases, PRIEST can be read as a standalone.

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If nothing else, you have to admire Ken Bruen for his brutal honesty and his willingness to tackle the confrontational. Aug 19, LJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: The description of the impact of pedophilia on its victims is powerful. The story is compelling and the ending, as with each of the books in the series, is like a punch in the stomach, but immediately makes me want the next book.

Apr 27, Joe Kraus rated it liked it Shelves: In The Guards it was alcohol. In The Killing of the Tinkers it was cocaine. In the Magdalene Martyrs it was various synthetic opioids. And in The Dramatist it was, for a time, the Catholic Mass. In any case, much of this novel feels like a comeback in terms of quality from the more by-the-numbers work of The Dramatist. It all feels of its moment, with the Irish economy of the early s humming along and with the sudden visibility of priest sexual abuse cases.

I admire the overall atmosphere of most of this. Jack loathes himself but keeps on going, out of habit as much as anything. Bruen, as I imagine it, has taken his character and his series much farther than he imagined at its start, and he too seems to be pushing on into dark and uncertain territory. For the most part, the Jack Taylor novels deliver on their endings. Certainly The Killing of the Tinkers goes from very good to really memorable in its final scene, and the others have generally ended on a resounding emotional note. The Dramatist could have gone either way — it certainly felt manipulative, but I was okay with it so long as it produced some of the self-recrimination and reinvention of this one — but this one ends in a way that I think of as beneath the very talented Bruen.

It hits a false emotional note, it too neatly echoes the end of The Dramatist, and it suggests a too-great consciousness that one novel in the series is supposed to lead to the next. Apr 09, Richard White rated it really liked it Shelves: Number five in the series did not disappoint and like the previous book, what a killer ending. So reminiscent of Bock's Scudder which is why I love this series so much.

May 21, Danny rated it really liked it Shelves: Apparently part of a series, I picked up this gritty, Irish noir because I liked the blurbs on the back. I think I'm going to have to amend my "types of mysteries I like" list to include noir. If you're keeping track, the list is now: Now staying away from alcohol, he bounces ar Apparently part of a series, I picked up this gritty, Irish noir because I liked the blurbs on the back. Now staying away from alcohol, he bounces around Galway meeting old friends and old enemies while looking into the beheading of a priest known to have molested children.

Aside from the local color, Taylor spends a lot of time making social commentary in his head, about the changing role of the church, the financial boom in Ireland, and how pesky American culture seems to be invading. Very readable, but be prepared for a few hundred f-bombs. Nov 11, Mark rated it really liked it. The list of my dead would cover a wall.

Allegations of child abuse are abundant. And as usual, Jack juggles this along with many other difficult issues, personal and otherwise. I love this series. View all 3 comments. Jul 10, Minty McBunny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every book in this series renews my awe with Bruen's ability to elevate personal tragedy and internal struggles of an addict into a beautiful work of heart wrenching art. The only author I know of who can wring poetry out of such grit and sorrow and filth is Denise Mina, but Bruen's verbal economy is unparalleled. He really showcases the Irish flair for wit and poetic speech.

As always, the focus is on Jack's brokenness, but in this book the central mystery really shines as well instead of just being a backdrop to Jack's inner monologue.

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To me it's the best of the series so far. View all 6 comments. May 27, Monica rated it really liked it. What more can Jack Taylor possibly go through? I think enough is enough and then Ken Bruen wallops off another great story and Jack Taylor is once again blindsided by the dark side of life. The subject for this book is not a new one but Bruen handles it in a way that is unique yet very true to his own writing style. As I'm sure I've mentioned with each book that I've read in this series, I love the way Bruen writes.

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Hard-c What more can Jack Taylor possibly go through? Hard-core, cut to the chase writing that leaves me raw. I will be very very very sad when I reach the end of this series. I will be in mourning. Mar 18, Susu rated it it was amazing. Your killing me here Mr. This series is no holds barred and no pulling the punches. I thought the last book was going to do me in. This one was like a kick in the teeth. I'm almost nervous just reading about Jack Taylor, even that slight association makes me want to watch my back and peek over my shoulder for fear someone or something will get me as well.

Damn no one is safe around Jack except maybe Jack, what's the saying 'God protects babies and drunks'. Hell even babies aren't saf Wow! Hell even babies aren't safe around Jack. Try this one if you're not sure where to start with the Taylor series. Trust me on this. For him, you gotta head to Netflix and watch the show. Jul 02, J.

A great half of a book. This is very well written as usual, but the ending was a lot to be desired. Jul 16, Margus Mere rated it liked it. The back cover says "exorcism". That was the only reason I bought the book. There is NO exorcism nowhere. So, imagine me waiting for a something to do with exorcism throughout the book, where there is none. I couldn't care anything about the plot, cause I don't like detective stories or murder mysteries. But the language was good, so I'll give it a three. Sep 12, Catherine rated it liked it Shelves: Great author, but this was a heavy read.

Upon returning to Galway, Jack is an approached by an old friend, O'Shea, whose son, Niall, was killed after falling from a balcony on a construction site. Jack agrees to look into the circumstances surrounding his death, and discovers that he may be connected to several other victims who were found dead in mysterious circumstances. When another man is attacked, Jack learns of a vigilante group known as 'The Pikemen', who appear to be attacking people who were supposedly unconvicted of the crimes that they were responsible for.

Assisted by eager young investigator Cody, Jack discovers that Niall was suspected of being responsible for the disappearance of three twelve year old girls. Meanwhile, upon re-establishing contact with Anne Henderson, Jack finds her in an abusive relationship with a local businessman, Caffrey. When Caffrey turns up dead, a victim of the Pikemen, Jack is arrested. He realises that the only way to prove his innocence is to escape from custody, and he is forced to rely on Cody to clear his name.

Jack is hired by Maggie McCarthy, the daughter of a recently deceased former inmate at St Monica's, an infamous Magdalen laundry in Galway, who wishes to identify the sadistic nun mentioned in her mother's diary, known only as Lucifer. The investigation is quickly hampered when Cody discovers that incriminating church records have vanished; while Jack is warned to drop the case by local criminal, Bill Cassell. As the diary reveals the depth of Lucifer's brutality, Jack discovers a year-old family secret that leads him to the nun's identity, and an unexpected connection to the recent deaths of two brothers, the sons of local patriarch Brendan Flood.

When Jack is threatened by Cassell, he is forced to hand over the diary. Realising that it is the only piece of evidence which could lead him to Lucifer, and remembering that he promised Maggie that he would guard it with his life, he sets out to get it back — with tragic consequences. Kate is forced to once again suppress evidence from the crime scene in order to ensure Jack's freedom — but will he discover the link between the cases before the killer strikes again?

Seven months after his mother's stroke, and continuing on his path of sobriety and healthier living, Jack is called on to investigate the death of a female university student, Sarah Bradley, who has fallen from a roof while dressed in theatre costume. Jack is hired by university professor Eugene Gorman to investigate the case, suspecting that the girl was murdered.

Jack sends Cody undercover, posing as a university student, to gather information on Bradley's fellow students, as well as one particularly suspicious tutor, Professor Doyle. Meanwhile, Kate has a new boss, DS Griffin, who is overseeing her promotion into a detective. Griffin, however, is less than pleased with Kate's association with Jack and warns him to stay clear of Kate — and the investigation.

When a second girl is found dead in similar circumstances, the owner of a local bookshop, who deals in heroin, becomes prime suspect.

Priest (Jack Taylor, #5) by Ken Bruen

Jack is hired by Father Malachy to investigate the death of a priest, Father Royce, who has been beheaded. He discovers the cleric abused two boys, Michael Clare and Tom Reed, several years earlier. Shortly after interviewing Tom Reed, he is found dead in the bath of a suspected heroin overdose. Jack initially suspects that Reed may have been targeted by a relative of a young boy whom he raped ten years ago, but when he finds a note identical to the one left at the scene of Father Royce's murder, he suspects that Reed met his fate at the hands of the same killer.

As Clare's behaviour continues to become more and more erratic, Jack discovers that he was responsible for the rape that Reed was convicted of. As Jack begins to drift back into his old ways, and discovers more of his own demons, Cody decides to do a little covert digging of his own — but it leads him right into the path of the killer.

Riddled with guilt after Cody's shooting, Jack leaves Galway, and after six months on the road, finds himself in Dublin.

Whilst meeting with a client one evening to provide him with some surveillance photos, Jack finds a young girl, Rosie, covered in blood, who claims to have witnessed her mother being murdered. Her mother, Sinead Mangan, is later found dead with a shotgun wound to the head. Moving himself into the local traveller community, Jack becomes embroiled in a long-standing feud between the Kelly and Mangan families. As he tries to help Rosie recall the events of the tragic night, he discovers that Rosie's father, Eddie, is connected to well known Dublin crime kingpin Bridie Hannigan.

But when Eddie is later murdered in an arson attack, Jack realises that Rosie may have been the intended victim. When Rosie disappears, Jack manages to track her down to a deserted workshop in the Dublin hills. With a little help from Kate, he finally manages to get her to open up — but it's not long before the killer comes calling. When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it.

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    There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. So I've read these in order and this is the worst, but maybe only because it's cumulative. The basic premise of these novels is Taylor is well intentioned but a flawed screw up.

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    He gets results sort of accidentally. In this book it starts to seem like pure sadism, just piling misfortune on the guy. So in this one, Taylor ends up, highly improbably, with a kind of surrogate son, a silly character who of course gets killed, equally ridiculously, by one of two women, or perhaps by a guy, sniping from a rooftop.

    In the last one, his surrogate kid falls out a window. In this one his surrogate son gets shot on the street. The chief of the Garda still hates him for some reason. Beatings happen, Taylor throws up, despite not drinking. People he likes die because of stuff he does. It's like Kafka, except without the absurdist humor.