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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


Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Síochána - the Guards, Ireland's police force - 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. In his sober moments Jack aspires to become Ireland's best private investigator, not to mention its first - Irish history, full of betrayal and espionage, discourages any profession so closely related to informing. But in truth Jack 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 nonexistent.

Nonexistent, that is, until a dazzling woman walks into the bar with a strange request and a rumor about Jack's talent for finding things. Odds are he won't be able to climb off his barstool long enough to get involved with his radiant new client, but when he surprises himself by getting hired, Jack has little idea of what he's getting into.

Stark, violent, sharp, and funny, The Guards is an exceptional novel, one that leaves you stunned and breathless, flipping back to the beginning in a mad dash to find Jack Taylor and enter his world all over again. It's an unforgettable story that's gritty, absorbing, and saturated with the rough-edged rhythms of the Galway streets. Praised by authors and critics around the globe, The Guards heralds the arrival of an essential new novelist in contemporary crime fiction.
 
The Guards is a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel.

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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

2008 : Hardback
Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 5386006835 / 9785386006839
Publisher:
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1417706988 / 9781417706983 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

January 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: The Guards: A Novel
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0312303556 / 9780312303556 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

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 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

May 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0862332230 / 9780862332235 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon Books
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

January 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Guards: A Novel (Jack Taylor)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0312320272 / 9780312320270 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

2002 : Australia Paperback
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1876631481 / 9781876631482 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Duffy & Snellgrove
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

March 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0863222811 / 9780863222818 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon UK   Amazon   

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
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2009 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0753144786 / 9780753144787 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2009 : UK MP3 CD
Title: The Guards (Jack Taylor)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0753144794 / 9780753144794 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2009 : UK Audible 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
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

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

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   

 


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