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Ken Bruen


Ireland (1951 - )

Ken Bruen, born in Galway in 1951, is the author of The Guards (2001), the highly acclaimed first Jack Taylor novel. He spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, S.E. Asia and South America. His novel Her Last Call to Louis Mac Niece (1997) is in production for Pilgrim Pictures, his "White Trilogy" has been bought by Channel 4, and The Guards is to be filmed in Ireland by De Facto Films.
 
Anthologies edited
Dublin Noir
 
Awards
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2004) : The Guards
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2004) : The Guards
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (2004) : The Guards
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2005) : The Killing of the Tinkers
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (2005) : The Killing of the Tinkers
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (2007) : The Dramatist
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2008) : Priest


Ken Bruen recommends
The Trojan Dog
The Trojan Dog (2000)
(Sandra Mahoney Mystery, book 1)
Dorothy Johnston
"The investigator, a mother with all the burdens of modern life, is a terrific creation and achingly real."
End of the Line
End of the Line (2003)
(Emma Boylan Murder Mystery, book 4)
K T McCaffrey
"K T McCaffrey writes like a dream: elegant and witty, but with a heart of coldest steel."
Immoral
Immoral (2005)
(Jonathan Stride, book 1)
Brian Freeman
"One hell of a read, gut-wrenching and exciting."
City for Ransom
City for Ransom (2005)
(Alastair Ransom, book 1)
Robert W Walker
"It's the best pairing of a fictional couple in recent memory. Walker takes Caleb Carr territory to a new level. I read it in one sitting. Ransom your soul for this one."
Escape Clause
Escape Clause (2006)
(Bill Tasker, book 3)
James O Born
"James O. Born is the future of crime fiction."
The Follower
The Follower (2007)
Jason Starr
"The Follower does for dating what Jaws did for swimming."
Small Crimes
Small Crimes (2008)
(Badass Gets Out of Jail, book 1)
Dave Zeltserman
"Unputdownable. Classic noir, dark, funny, shocking and absolutely no compromise. Pure magic of the blackest kind."
Paying for It
Paying for It (2008)
(Gus Dury, book 1)
Tony Black
"One adrenalin-pumped novel... the narrative blasts off the page like a triple malt."
The Fourth Victim
The Fourth Victim (2008)
(Joe Serpe Mystery, book 3)
Tony Spinosa
"Classic... I was kept on me guessing toes all the way through. Terrific to have Serpe and Healy back in their uneasy alliance."
The Good Son
The Good Son (2008)
(J McNee, book 1)
Russel D McLean
"McLean has all the merits of this brilliant writer [Jean-Patrick Manchette] with the added bonus of a Scottish sense of wit that is like no other."
Pariah
Pariah (2009)
(Badass Gets Out of Jail, book 2)
Dave Zeltserman
"Pariah is all I know of bliss and lament. Bliss at reading a superb novel and lament at knowing that Dave Zeltserman has now raised the bar so high, we're screwed."
Total Immunity
Total Immunity (2009)
(Harper and Hidalgo FBI, book 1)
Robert Ward
"Burns and blitzes like Ellroy on meth."
The Twelve
The Twelve (2009)
(Jack Lennon Investigation, book 1)
Stuart Neville
"The Ghosts of Belfast is the book when the world finally sits up and goes WOW, the Irish really have taken over the world of crime writing. Stuart Neville is Ireland's answer to Henning Mankell."
Payback
Payback (2010)
(Mace and Pylon, book 1)
Mike Nicol
"South Africa joins the hard-boiled stakes, and in a wondrous dazzling humorous novel. Imagine Elroy joining forces with Chester Himes, Coffin Ed, and Gravedigger, throw in the spectacular landscape of South Africa, and you ll get some sense of this wild and daring novel. One prays this is the first in a series if Tom Sharpe wrote mystery, this would be it."
Print the Legend
Print the Legend (2010)
(Hector Lassiter, book 3)
Craig McDonald
"Print the Legend is a landmark book. Lassiter for me is the Flashman/Zelig of the new era, but with a ferocious literary knowledge that is worn so lightly. A book beyond genre, stunning."
Bad Juju: And Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem
Bad Juju: And Other Tales of Madness and Mayhem (2010)
Jonathan Woods
"Woods has arrived fully fledged as a maestro. Astonishing..."
Johnny Porno
Johnny Porno (2010)
Charlie Stella
"Stella is a winner, a true artist."
Terminated
Terminated (2010)
Simon Wood
"Wood writes like a dark, demented angel."
The Rage
The Rage (2011)
Gene Kerrigan
"A stunning novel. Naylor is a villain worthy of Elmore leonard in his prime."
Absolute Zero Cool
Absolute Zero Cool (2011)
Declan Burke
"Absolute Zero Cool is unlike anything else you'll read this year... laugh-out-loud funny... this is writing at its dazzling, cleverest zenith. Think John Fowles, via Paul Auster and Rolling Stone... A feat of extraordinary alchemy."
Seventy Times Seven
Seventy Times Seven (2012)
John Gordon Sinclair
"One of the finest debuts of the decade."
Hunting Shadows
Hunting Shadows (2013)
Sheila Bugler
"A tour de force... this is great writing."
The Blood Dimmed Tide
The Blood Dimmed Tide (2014)
(W B Yeats, book 1)
Anthony Quinn
"Quinn blends crime fiction and literature into something truly wondrous and highly entertaining."
Beyond the Rage
Beyond the Rage (2015)
Michael J Malone
"So in your face it hurts."



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