Posts Tagged ‘ Ken Bruen ’

Pimp by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr — Review

June 18, 2016
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After a long lull, Ken Bruen and Jason Starr turned their attention to another Max Fisher novel, and it was well worth the wait. “Pimp” is not only a fantastic noir creation, but a funny, satirical put-on, filled with some of the most creative writing this reader has seen in a long time. Before...

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Headstone by Ken Bruen – review

November 23, 2011
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Headstone by Ken Bruen – review

Jack Taylor, Ken Bruen’s endlessly put-upon Galway PI, finds himself up to his hearing-aid assisted ears in shit yet again in Headstone, the ninth novel in the series.   He’s trying to stop a gang of spoiled rich kids from going all ne0-nazi on his beloved town, targeting the handicapped, religious, gay, and drunk citizens...

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Headstone by Ken Bruen – review

November 4, 2011
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Headstone by Ken Bruen – review

How far can you push a man before he finally breaks? I guess if you’re Jack Taylor—Ken Bruen’s favorite degenerate PI—you can probably damn near chop off every limb on his body (although I think Taylor would go a little bugshit not being able to tip back a large Jameson and light a smoke.)...

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Blitz by Elliot Lester – review

August 25, 2011
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Blitz by Elliot Lester – review

Blitz doesn’t get its source material at all.  Based on the novel by Ken Bruen, the filmmakers know the words but are completely fucking tone-deaf when it comes to the music.  The characters have the right names and do the right things book-wise, but jesus christ does this not feel like the book I...

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Trailers for two new Jack Taylor movies: The Pikeman & The Magdalen Martyrs

March 18, 2011
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Trailers for two new Jack Taylor movies: The Pikeman & The Magdalen Martyrs

A little more than a year ago Spinetingler brought you the first images from the movie The Guards, based on the Ken Bruen book of the same name featuring the character Jack Taylor. In August we ran the trailer for the movie and later that same month we ran a review of it that...

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The Devil by Ken Bruen – review

February 23, 2011
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The Devil by Ken Bruen – review

“The Devil” reads like a cocktail of Xanax and Jameson, with a side of Guiness. Maybe that’s because Jack Taylor absorbs that combination on practically every page of the novel. Describing a book by Ken Bruen is no easy task, and the smart thing would be to not make any attempt to do that,...

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Priest by Ken Bruen – review

January 19, 2011
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Priest by Ken Bruen – review

Ireland, awash in cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church horrifies even the most jaded citizen. Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job...

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London Boulevard by William Monahan, Based on the novel by Ken Bruen

November 24, 2010
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London Boulevard by William Monahan, Based on the novel by Ken Bruen

reviewed by Russel D McLean Let’s get this up front: I love the script for The Departed. Foul, profane and complex, it was a wonder to behold. So it gave me great hope for this British-set thriller based on Ken Bruen’s wondrous early novel, London Boulevard, when I saw that the screenwriter was the...

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Rilke on Black by Ken Bruen – review

November 1, 2010
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Rilke on Black by Ken Bruen – review

Rilke on Black tells the story of three people who form a precarious partnership to kidnap a local Rilke quoting businessman. On the surface they all seem to be on the same page, kidnap the man, collect the ransom, and split the money. But as the plan spins out of control and their grasp...

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Blitz – trailer

October 30, 2010
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It’s a Ken Bruen two-fer. After yesterday’s trailer for London Boulevard today we’ve got the trailer for Blitz. Check it out after the jump. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and...

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Calibre & Vixen by Ken Bruen – review

October 29, 2010
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I originally reviewed Calibre & Vixen by Ken Bruen on January 30th, 2007. In both Vixen and Calibre Bruen chooses to follow one main case much as he did in Blitz. Vixen is the sometimes moniker of a femme fatale bomber who wants money from the city in order to stop the indiscriminate killings...

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The Devil by Ken Bruen – Review

October 28, 2010
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The Devil by Ken Bruen – Review

God’s favorite whipping boy Jack Taylor is back in The Devil, Ken Bruen’s eighth entry in his Galway private eye series, and you better believe he’s still drinking and drugging his way through his miserable life.  But though his addictions still have him in a half-nelson, Jack’s looking for a change at the beginning of the novel,...

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Blitz by Ken Bruen – review

October 18, 2010
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Blitz by Ken Bruen – review

I originally reviewed Blitz by Ken Bruen on December 20th 2006. Unlike the Jack Taylor series which has to read in order, the Brant series, while having linear progression, is a little more episodic in nature. Episodes of pure unrelenting chaos to be sure but episodes none the less. Whereas the The White Trilogy...

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American Skin by Ken Bruen – review

October 9, 2010
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American Skin by Ken Bruen – review

I originally reviewed American Skin by Ken Bruen on December 14th 2006 In the last couple of years, since the explosive popularity of The Guards, Ken Bruen has had a large swell of popularity here in America. All of his European crime novels are being republished here with increased and continued success. If one...

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The Killing of the Tinkers by Ken Bruen – review

October 8, 2010
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The Killing of the Tinkers by Ken Bruen – review

I originally reviewed The Killing of the Tinkers by Ken Bruen on December 13th 2006. At the end of The Guards Jack Taylor left Galway in order to start a new life in London. The expectation was that the next book would chronicle those times. But in the beginning of The Killing of the...

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She Wails Through the Fair by Ken Bruen from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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She Wails Through the Fair by Ken Bruen from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Jedidiah Ayres I chose the banshee because my father, who was the most sceptical and cynical of men, truly believed he’d seen the banshee before his mum’s death and the story always stayed in my mind. And he was a man who never took a drink his whole life! –Ken Bruen What...

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The White Trilogy by Ken Bruen – review

September 30, 2010
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The White Trilogy by Ken Bruen – review

“Here are your poor, your tired, your hungry; your predatory crack dealers, your arsonists; your killers for money, for revenge, for enforcement, and for sheer ugly fun…” The White Trilogy is an omnibus edition that contains the three novels The White Arrest, Taming the Alien and The McDead. “Roberts had got the call at...

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Bust by Ken Bruen & Jason Starr

September 8, 2010
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Bust by Ken Bruen & Jason Starr

I originally reviewed Bust on November 15th, 2006. Bust is the first collaborative novel in the Hard Case stable and a better paring couldn’t have been had then Ken Bruen and Jason Starr. Sometimes when books are written jointly the two styles don’t blend well and the differences are often noticeable, especially when each...

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The Guards TV movie review

August 24, 2010
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The Guards TV movie review

by Karl McGowan I recently got to see the film adaptation of Ken Bruen’s The Guards, shown on the Irish channel TV3, it’s the pilot of a proposed series of TV movies based on the Jack Taylor series of novels. I have to admit to having a bit of trepidation about how the film...

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The Guards by Ken Bruen – review

August 6, 2010
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The Guards by Ken Bruen – review

More then the central mystery to be solved The Guards acts as a character study of Jack Taylor. In Taylor, Bruen cultivates a uniquely Irish dosage of melancholy. Unable to shake his demons he tries to drown them in drugs, violence and especially alcohol. While all of this is handled with ample amounts of...

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