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Jack treats both cases as relatively simple affairs. He becomes involved with a woman who might literally be the death of him, and runs dangerously foul of the cops. He is finally clean and sober, but the unfolding events will not only shake his sobriety but bring him as close to death as could ever have imagined.
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By Cameron on 04-18-12
Bruen does it again
In this latest Jack Taylor novel, Jack is back in Galway, back living at Baily's he's sober but just hanging by his fingernails. In the midst of this comes Bill Cassell, one of the local hard men and Jack owes Bill a favor and Cassell has come to collect. Then he's amazed, all Bill wants from him is to track down a woman Rita Monroe who was at the Magdalen Laundry and long ago helped his mother escape. The Magdalen Laundry was a place for wayward young girls who had gotten pregnant, it was run by nuns and it was famous because the nuns imprisoned and abused the girls they were supposed to be helping.
Jack's grateful that at least the favor isn't illegal but after not having a lot of luck Cassell's goons pick him up and Jack gets a lesson in what his priorities should be, however he isn't sure that the woman, he's looking for isn't what she seems. Jack has only choice to avoid ending up with a bullet in his skull, find this woman. Of course Cassell's motive's aren't what they seem and of course since it's a Jack Taylor book, you know there's going to be violence. In the midst of all this, Jack manages to sleep with a client's mother, goes to a good friend's funeral and loses his library. Sometimes it seems as if, he's just drifting along.
I love listening to this narrator, you can just feel the grittiness of Galway, you can hear in his voice, a man on the edge, having a difficult time concentrating because he wants a drink so bad and of course if not for Bailey's he's be homeless. If I have a choice of reading materials, I'll pick Bruen every time. Jack Taylor is the perfect ant-hero!!!!! He kicks butt and takes names!!!
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