Priest

Priest

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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 offers a fresh start, and an unexpected partnership makes him hope that his one desperate vision - of family - might yet be fulfilled. An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and an unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies. The spectre of a child haunts every waking moment. Bleak, unsettling and totally original, Ken Bruen's writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval. Here is evidence of an unmistakeable literary talent.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 102 x 178 x 28mm | 181.44g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552153435
  • 9780552153430
  • 211,181

Review quote

"Ken Bruen is finally getting his due...Priest is grimy, brooding, pawkily funny and wholly original. Great." * The Observer * "Ken Bruen's novel takes us down some dark and mysterious roads where Irish angst meets 21st-century reality in a gripping story of guilt and redemption." * Independent on Sunday * "Bruen writes tight, urgent, powerful prose, his dialogue is harsh and authentic and Jack Taylor has become one of today's most interesting shamuses." * The Times * "Priest is hardboiled in the best way, unforgiving and unforgettable." * Sunday Tribune * "Grim and elegiac by turns, Bruen is a distinctive talent who has integrated his inner fury and American noir influences to establish a powerful, original and controversial presence." * Guardian *show more

About Ken Bruen

Ken Bruen was born in Galway. Having spent 25 years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, South East Asia and South America, he now lives in Galway city with his wife and daughter. Ken Bruen's earlier Jack Taylor novels are published by Brandon Press in Ireland.show more

Review Text

"Bruen writes tight, urgent, powerful prose, his dialogue is harsh and authentic and Jack Taylor has become one of today's most interesting shamuses."show more

Back cover copy

'Bruen writes tight, urgent, powerful prose, his dialogue is harsh and authentic and Jack Taylor has become one of today's most interesting shamuses.' The Times Fresh out of hospital and back on the wagon once more, a new life beckons for troubled PI Jack Taylor. Then Father Joyce is decapitated in a Galway confessional, shocking even the most hardened cynics and Taylor is asked to find his killer. But Ireland is modernising quickly - too quickly Taylor thinks - and the church is rocked by scandal. Soon he is drawn into a dark web of murderous conspiracies. What he cannot know is that the real danger is much closer and far more personal than he can imagine ... ''PRIEST is grimy, brooding, pawkily funny and wholly original. Great.'Observer 'Hardboiled in the best way, unforgiving and unforgettable.' Sunday Tribune Featuring an exclusive interview with bestselling author Tess Gerritsen 'You don't want to meet Jack Taylor in person, ever, but if you are a big crime fan, you do want to read every book he features in' Irish Times 'Ken Bruen's style is taut and urgent. In Priest he evokes terrific atmosphere and in Taylor has created a memorable detective' The Timesshow more

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1,418 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 31% (435)
4 43% (610)
3 21% (296)
2 4% (59)
1 1% (18)
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