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The Guards

The Guards

(2001)
(The first book in the Jack Taylor series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Edgar Awards (nominee)
Macavity Awards (nominee)
Shamus Awards
"The Guards is an astounding novel, a poetic account of a desperation as deep as the North sea, retribution and resurrection. It's so good I can't think of it as a crime novel. Its a fine book with some crime."
James Crumley


"Why the hell haven't I heard of Ken Bruen before? He's a terrific writer and The Guards is one of the most mesmerizing works of crime fiction I've ever read... This guy is the real thing."
James W Hall


"The Guards is raw, hard, bitter and amazing. Its got that ancient feel to it, as of a primal story beign retold with fine, careless Irish swagger. Its as if Bruen made up his mind to tell us this story whether we wanted to hear it or not. Oh we do. for sure."
Jon A Jackson


"The Guards blew me away. It's dark, funny and moving - just for starters. With a sharp eye and a lyrical voice, Ken Bruen takes us on a powerful odyssey through the mean streets of Galway, straight into the Irish heart. Bruen's tale is a potent draft of desire and hopelessness, conviction and surrender, inadvertent heroism and unexpected grace. This is mystery writing f a high order."
T Jefferson Parker


Refreshing, incisive writing in a superb novel from an established author of crime fiction. Jack Taylor is a disgraced ex-cop in Galway. Mourning the death of his father, he is slowly drinking to oblivion. He has an ability to "find things" and is asked to investigate a teenage suicide. This leads him into a dangerous confrontation with a powerful businessman. A darker conspiracy slowly unfolds. Aided by a punk girl, he fumbles towards a lethal solution. The narrative is fueled by black humour, stark violence and moments of radiance.

The Guards remain as a chorus in the background, never altogether past, infringing on Jack Taylor at the least expected moment. The intimate, bustling city of Galway, crashing into prosperity, illuminates the story at every turn.

Genre: Mystery
 
Used availability for Ken Bruen's The Guards


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Hardback Editions

January 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0753152576 / 9780753152577 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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2008 : Hardback
Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 5386006835 / 9785386006839
Publisher:
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January 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1417706988 / 9781417706983 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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January 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: The Guards: A Novel
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0312303556 / 9780312303556 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0753152584 / 9780753152584 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

March 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0863224105 / 9780863224102 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0863223230 / 9780863223235 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0862332230 / 9780862332235 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon Books
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Guards: A Novel (Jack Taylor)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0312320272 / 9780312320270 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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2002 : Australia Paperback
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1876631481 / 9781876631482 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Duffy & Snellgrove
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March 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0863222811 / 9780863222818 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd
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Audio Editions

September 2009 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The Guards (Jack Taylor)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0753144778 / 9780753144770 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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September 2009 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0753144786 / 9780753144787 (UK edition)
Publisher: Isis Audio
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September 2009 : UK MP3 CD
Title: The Guards (Jack Taylor)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0753144794 / 9780753144794 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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September 2009 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Guards (Unabridged)
Author(s): Ken Bruen

Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2009 : UK MP3 CD
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0753144808 / 9780753144800 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Guards: A Novel (Jack Taylor series Book 1)
Author(s): Ken Bruen

Publisher: Minotaur Books
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