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Ken Bruen

Author of The Guards

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About the Author

Ken Bruen was born in 1951 in Galway, Ireland. He was educated at Gormanston College, Meath and later at Trinity College Dublin where he earned a PhD. in metaphysics. He spent 25 years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, Asia and South America. Ken Bruen's works include the well reeived White show more Trilogy and a book entitled The Guards, which won a Shamus Award .He also edited an anthology of stories set in Dublin entitled Dublin Noir. His writing speciality is crime fiction. Some of his other works include The Killing of the Tinkers, The Magdalen Martyrs, and The Dramatist and Priest, which was nominated for the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel. Ken Bruen is also the recipient of the first David Loeb Gooodis Award in 2008 for his dedication to his art. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Series

Works by Ken Bruen

The Guards (2001) 866 copies
The Killing of the Tinkers (2002) 458 copies
The Magdalen Martyrs (2003) 387 copies
Bust (2006) 352 copies
Priest (2006) 342 copies
The Dramatist (2004) 332 copies
Cross (2007) 302 copies
Slide (2007) 241 copies
London Boulevard (2002) 208 copies
The Max (2008) 207 copies
Sanctuary (2008) 192 copies
Once Were Cops (2008) 178 copies
Headstone (2011) 173 copies
Blitz (2002) 172 copies
Vixen (2003) 158 copies
The Devil (2010) 156 copies
Calibre (2006) 155 copies
American Skin (2006) 141 copies
The White Trilogy (2003) 138 copies
Ammunition (2007) 117 copies
Purgatory (2013) 116 copies
Green Hell (2016) 112 copies
A White Arrest (1998) 107 copies
Rilke on Black (Mask Noir) (1996) 105 copies
The Ghosts of Galway (2017) 101 copies
In the Galway Silence (2018) 99 copies
The Emerald Lie (2016) 90 copies
Tower (2009) 84 copies
Galway Girl (2019) 71 copies
The Hackman Blues (1997) 64 copies
Pimp (2016) 64 copies
The McDead (1667) 57 copies
Taming the Alien (1999) 50 copies
A Galway Ephiphany (2020) 44 copies
Dispatching Baudelaire (1905) 42 copies
The Book of Virtue (2011) 28 copies
Callous (2021) 12 copies
Merrick (2014) 9 copies
Dogtown 2 copies
Une pinte de Bruen 2 (2011) 2 copies
Brooklyn requiem (2010) 2 copies
MURDER BY THE BOOK (2005) 2 copies
Shades of Grace (1993) 2 copies
McDead 1 copy
2012 1 copy
Miami Purity 1 copy
El alien (2008) 1 copy
Martyrs (1994) 1 copy
The Galway Trinity (2012) 1 copy
Danny Boy 1 copy
Colt 1 copy
Une pinte de Bruen 1 (2010) 1 copy

Associated Works

Inherit the Dead (2013) — Contributor — 290 copies
First Thrills (2010) — Contributor — 248 copies
Brooklyn Noir (2004) — Contributor — 202 copies
Killer Year: A Criminal Anthology (2008) — Contributor — 171 copies
Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (2010) — Contributor — 132 copies
21st Century Dead (2012) — Contributor — 116 copies
Hellboy: Oddest Jobs (2008) — Contributor — 103 copies
London Noir (2006) — Contributor — 94 copies
A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir (2007) — Contributor — 78 copies
The Cocaine Chronicles (2005) — Contributor — 68 copies
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (2005) — Contributor — 63 copies
Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir (2006) — Contributor — 63 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008) — Contributor — 62 copies
First Thrills: Volume 2 (2011) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7 (2010) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9 (2012) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Best British Mysteries 4 (2006) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 10 (2013) — Contributor — 21 copies
Art in the Blood (2006) — some editions — 19 copies
Hardboiled Brooklyn (2006) — Contributor — 16 copies
London Boulevard [2010 film] (2013) — Novel — 16 copies
On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir (2011) — Author — 16 copies
Uncommon Assassins (2012) — Contributor — 14 copies
Politics Noir: Dark Tales from the Corridors of Power (2008) — Contributor — 14 copies
Requiems for the Departed (2010) — Contributor — 13 copies
Ink and Daggers (2023) — Contributor — 5 copies
West Coast Crime Wave (2011) — Foreword — 4 copies
Moord uit het boekje (2013) — Contributor — 3 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1951-01-03
Gender
male
Nationality
Ireland
Country (for map)
Ireland
Birthplace
Galway, Ireland
Places of residence
Galway, Ireland
Education
Trinity College, Dublin (Phd Metaphysics)
Gormanston College (County Meath)
Occupations
novelist
English teacher
Agent
Lukas Ortiz
Short biography
Ken Bruen besuchte das St. Joseph’s College in Galway City, später das Trinity College Dublin, an dem er über Metaphysik promovierte.
Bevor er zu schreiben begann, hatte er 25 Jahre lang als Englischlehrer in Afrika, Japan, Südostasien und Südamerika gelebt und gearbeitet. Heute ist er Mitglied eines literarischen Zirkels um Jason Starr, Reed Farrel Coleman und Allan Guthrie. Seine Bücher wurden mit zahlreichen Preisen geehrt, u. a. mit dem renommierten Shamus Award und dem französischen Grand prix de littérature policière.
Bruen lebt mit seiner Frau und einer gemeinsamen Tochter in seiner Geburtsstadt Galway.
Seit 2010 wird mit Jack Taylor eine auf seiner Jack-Taylor-Buchserie basierende Fernseh-Krimireihe produziert.

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Reviews

The crime itself didn’t seem to be the main part of the plot
 
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jimifenway | 15 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |
Great Jack Taylor debut, love all the name checks
 
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jimifenway | 54 other reviews | Dec 30, 2023 |
I want to be clear up front. This book is not going to be for everyone. It is bleak. It isn't really much of a mystery. It doesn't follow conventional writing rules. You might not like the main character. You probably shouldn't like the main character. If you find yourself reading it and wondering why. Stop, walk away and find yourself another novel.

If, however, you are like me and the writing catches you immediately. If Taylor despite all his flaws and heartbreak speaks to you. If the writing style seems to crackle in your brain. Keep reading because you are in for a treat.

I actually found Bruen's writing style a little off putting in The White Trilogy. Enough that I had never gone back but I decided I was going to watch the TV show this summer and before I did I should give the book a shot. I am glad I did. I have immediately moved onto the next in the series.
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cdaley | 54 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
Sadly,
I may be coming to the end for this series. I don't mind that I don't like Jack but I really don't like much of anyone else either. Sometimes the books are just too bleek even for me. I am also pretty much done with the character Emily. He is a brilliant writer but it might not be for me any longer. I will try one more.
 
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cdaley | 8 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |

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