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Cross (Jack Taylor #6)

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A boy has been crucified in Galway city.

People are shocked; the broadsheets debate how the brutal death reflects the state of the nation; the Irish Church is scandalized. No further action is taken.

Then the sister of the murdered boy is burned alive and PI Jack Taylor decides to take matters into his own hands.

Taylor's investigations take him to old city haunts where he en
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published (first published April 2nd 2007)
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Anthony Vacca
Ken Bruen’s Cross—the sixth outing in a series featuring Jack Taylor, an ex-Garda who moonlights as a maladroit private eye—finds our hero in the usual Galway gutter, and by book’s end, as is the pattern with this mystery series, Taylor manages to nearly claw his way out before the certain cruelty of existence kicks his teeth down his throat and sends him tumbling back into the mud and the blood and the beer. (Yes, this is my idea of pitching a book.)

Never have I ever been to Ireland, but there
Apr 07, 2015 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally love Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor novels. They are noir with an Irish brogue and feature a great protagonist in Jack Taylor. Alcoholic and self destructive, Taylor struggles to keep it together while doing the odd detective job for friends and acquaintances on the mean streets of Galway, Ireland. Be forewarned, these are not mysteries and, truth be told, there's not much detecting going on either. You read a Jack Taylor book for the one liners, cultural observations, and to savor the dialo ...more
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Σημείωση: Αυτή είναι η τελευταία κριτική βιβλίου που διάβασα μέσα στο 2015 γραμμένη εξολοκλήρου ένα χρόνο μετά (2016). Αν υπάρξουν άλλες θα είναι περισσότερο updated κριτικές, πιο reader friendly από αυτές που έκανα πέρσι. Βιβλία που διάβασα πριν το 2015 θα έχουν κριτική όταν τα ξαναδιαβάσω.

Αυτό το βιβλίο έχει ιστορία.

Καλοκαίρι 2008, ολοκλήρωσα το πρώτο τετράμηνο ως πρωτοετής αγγλικής λογοτεχνίας στο πανεπιστήμιο, με άσχετα μαθήματα, (εισαγωγή στην στατιστική, εισαγωγή στους Η/Υ, εισαγωγή στην
Aug 06, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, ireland
Jack Taylor is changing. Shattered by the shooting of Cody, the young man who came to him for a chance, Jack feels for Cody like a man would for his natural son. Cody is comatose in hospital and even though he didn't pull the trigger, Jack feels responsible for Cody's fate. This has given him a real reason and he's given up drinking, smoking and drugs. Jack's not pretending - it's hard, and he's not found an exactly “normal” way of resisting a drink, but he's serious and he's really trying.

As us
Dec 14, 2014 Ctgt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I could only do so much anguish before I went searching for a rope

Damn, I love this series.

No review here, just a bunch of spots I highlighted.

I've seen many men, women too, wrecked by booze, their faces a testament to all that hell has to offer, but this guy, he was like those photos of Bukowski in his last days. Not good. Beneath the ruin, I'd hazard he was only thirty or so, but the red eyes had seen things that a century of hurt might accomplish.

Paddy is one of the strongest whiskeys and the
Aug 25, 2008 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Galway's cold driving rain blowing horizontal from the North Atlantic, Ken Bruen's prose assaults - relentless, penetrating, no immunity. But just when you're sure he's taken the reader to the limits of despair, Bruen pulls you back in like a Jameson's and a pint of the black. Not that there's any redemption, of course - not in Bruen's vernacular - as you know that your reprieve is fleeting, and that by the time the next chapter turns, this master of contemporary noir will have you convince ...more
Tim Niland
Dec 24, 2013 Tim Niland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
When Cross opens, we hardly recognize Jack Taylor. He's sober, relatively lucid, and has been offered an absurd amount of money to sell his Galway apartment. It's not all sunshine and light, though. Cody, the young man Jack has come to see as nearly an adopted son, lies in a coma from a bullet meant for Jack, who feels deep remorse and guilt. Bruen revels in guilt throughout the Taylor novels and Cross is no exception. Irish guilt and Catholic guilt all play a part, with the ghosts of Jack's pas ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Sebastian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Taylor can't catch a break; everything keeps turning south in his life. After finally embracing a new protege in the previous novel, and opening up his heart to him, he had to face reality again when his new friend was shot down an put in a coma. Now Jack has to deal with the pain of losing another close person in his life and with the brutal fear of finding out the reason behind the shooting and whether it was caused by his previous actions or not. Of course, while this is going on, he is ...more
Sep 04, 2016 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a young man is brutally murdered by crucifixion, Guard and quasi-friend Ridge, comes to Jack for help. Off the booze and limiting his drug habit, Jack answers Ridge's plea; not only could cracking the case give Ridge an unlikely career bump in the Guards but also provide Jack with some purpose following the murder of his 'son' Cody.

The famed love/hate relationship between the two continues but softens around the sharpened edges somewhat further adding to their already complex chemistry as
Alan Mills
Oct 17, 2016 Alan Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Irish noir. Jack, a washed up alcoholic detective, is asked to help solve a case of a boy murdered and crucified. As he begins digging around, a second case people asking him to find out who is kidnapping dogs in their neighborhood. Jack pawns off the dog case on an even more alcoholic friend in attempt to give him a reason to live, and proceeds to bumble around determined to get to the bottom of his crucifixion case.

Jack is an extraordinarily well written character, which makes t
Felix Zilich
Mar 05, 2014 Felix Zilich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Русская рулетка, ирландский вариант. Приходишь в бар, заказываешь пива с виски, ставишь перед собой на стол и ждёшь. Если ты - детектив из Голуэя Джек Тейлор, то вариантов у тебя всего два. Либо сорвешься и уйдешь в запой, что после пары лет трезвяка может стать фатальным. Либо останешься трезвым, но при этом хромым, депрессивным со сбитыми костяшками, слуховым аппаратом в ухе и бесконечным чувством вины.

По телевизору, где-то в Беслане, боевики осаждают школу, в Кладдахе - неизвестные подонки сж
Lesley Wilson
I realize that when you choose to make your hero a broken down, washed up alcoholic that you have to devote some of your narrative to that condition. But do I have to read about it on every single page? I've had enough of Jack Taylor's fight to resist the next drink. When Bruen actually spends time on plot development and character interactions, I find his story quite entertaining, but there is far too much time spent talking about all the kinds of alcohol Jack will not drink today.
Aug 10, 2015 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ken Bruen is a great writer, but writes such depressing books. His protagonist, Jack Taylor, is still depressed and bad things keep happening to him and he has no cheer in his life at all. This time around a young man has been crucified and Jack tries to find out why. A side plot about some stolen dogs also ends in tragedy. The city of Galway is a scary place with Jack Taylor in town.
Jul 28, 2010 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, ken-bruen
Weaker than the last two books in the series that was masterworks so this book did seem like a slight disapointment. There wasnt as powerful story,great dialouge this time.

Still cant compare this series to 99% of crime fiction its too good for them.
Dec 15, 2016 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm becoming more and more torn about how to rate the Jack Taylor books. I just keep going for four stars for each one. I am enjoying them, some probably more than others but I'm not sure if I can say which ones are better than other ones.

Maybe this is going to be a bit of a spoiler, but there are certain things that keep happening in the books that are making them slightly predictable in ways that should be unpredictable. I'll give this one credit, it doesn't go for the same sort of ending tha
Charles Kerns
Jack Taylor is in bad shape: his friends are dead or almost there, his doc says he will die if he starts drinking again and he's a stage 9 alcoholic, he was thrown out of the Guards long ago but they won't forget, and his country has changed so much he doesn’t know it. And that’s before the book starts laying layer upon layer of crap on our failed detective Taylor.
Bruen has a crisp, clean style, but the book is padded with white space. The never-ending quotations and references are more under co
Jan 23, 2017 Noel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, irish
Another page turner from Bruen.
Cathy Cole
First Line: It took them a time to crucify the kid.

Jack Taylor, free for the moment from drugs, booze and nicotine, would also like to be free of any sort of human involvement. He has a good reason for feeling this way: he brings pain and death to everyone he loves. His surrogate son, Cody, is lying in the hospital in a coma, and Jack visits everyday-- touching Cody, talking to him, trying to coax him back among the living.

In the meantime, dogs are going missing in a Galway neighborhood and one
CROSS (Private Investigator-Jack Taylor-Ireland-Cont) – Ex
Bruen, Ken – 6th in series
Bantam Press, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780593057278
First Sentence: It took them a time to crucify the kid.
*** There is a lot going on in Jack Taylor’s life. He is off the drink; thinking of selling his apartment and moving to the US.
The young man, who became his protégée, and who Jack came to love as a son, is in a coma having taken a gunshot meant for Jack. Now another ex-Guarda, fired for drunkenness, comes
A. Mary
Jul 05, 2013 A. Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-novels
In his fifth Jack Taylor novel, Ken Bruen makes use of the presence that is the Catholic Church in Ireland, but thankfully, he doesn’t do it in a ham-fisted way. It isn’t the centrepiece of Cross, but it is a factor. It’s there, as it is in Irish life. This novel opens with a crucifixion, and in some way, the tale is a struggle between good and evil, but cannot be as simplistic as all that. It gets thoroughly messed up with the problem of consequences, and every action creates a pile of conseque ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the Jack Taylor TV shows, which have only been made up until this book.

Read this all in one sitting.
Yes, it is a bit silly. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The narrator is ex-law-enforcement, (ex-)alcoholic character, with lots in his past to ruminate over. I was heavily reminded of Max Payne; both characters narrate in such a way that life is devoid of joy and hope.
It's a bit silly; especially as the other people Jack interacts with praise him for his obvious innate goodness, while Jack narra
Mar 17, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I wish I had the patience to read/listen to these in order. I picked up Priest and listened to it first and that one got me hooked. I've read two Jack Taylor novels since, but out of any sort of order due to the fact that I'm impatient and my library only had a couple titles on the shelves so I grabbed em.

Even though I've read them out of order, these stories are simply too good to pass up. They make my heart ache for a country and city I've never been to. Other than the horrible crimes tha
Jun 26, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cross by Ken Bruen
Jack Taylor series Book #6

Jack Taylor used to be cop...a very good cop... and then life got in the way and Jack's life unraveled. Along with a Cody...a young man that refused to take no for an answer...they set out on the next best thing than being a cop that Jack could find... being a private investigator. Jack's personal life gets in the way in this endeavor also and Cross opens with Cody in a coma in the hospital barely hanging onto life and Jack taking up residence at
Minty McBunny
Ken Bruen's writing is

Highly stylized



An acquired taste

Not for everyone

...but I have quickly become an addict.

My library has only a few books in this series. I skipped from 1 to 4 and that worked out okay, seeing as how Taylor's books have more to do with his internal monologue as they do with external events. Skipping from 4 to 6 was not as easy though, and I ended up caving in and ordering Priest when halfway through this, because I have to understand what transpi
Dec 09, 2013 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little put out with myself that I did not read these in order, but with 5, 6, and 7 it is not as important as it was with the first four which were a sharp, jagged descent. I've always liked hard detective fiction - anger and violence. I'm not that personally, but who knows, maybe I identify with it. These seven books are nearly the hardest written, but not the bloodiest, not the most psychopathic
The attraction, beyond the rage, is the hero is a literate man. The author, Ken Bruen, has g
Pasi Rahko
Jun 23, 2015 Pasi Rahko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ken-bruen
Jack Taylor an ex-officer of Garda Síochána (Irish national police), who became a private detective is still staggering from the latest hangover and trying to get hell out of Galway, when he needs to start catching a serial killer who kills by crucifying. Jack Taylor's half-assed annoying detective with his cocaine-nicotine-alcholic-money-socializing problems is for me one of the most memorable literary private eye. Author Ken Bruen posses a true and rare silvertongue. His creation of Jack Taylo ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Bernie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Ken Bruen book I've read (# 6 in the Jack Taylor series). Admittedly, I started with # 6 because I had just finished watching all of the Jack Taylor episodes on Netflix and I needed to know what happened to the main character's surrogate son, Cody. Having seen Jack Taylor's character acted out by Iain Glen, I was already attached to the protagonist despite his many flaws. I could hear Iain Glen's voice as I was reading this. The writing of the book itself isn't spectacular, but ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Ragmthy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Jack Taylor series I've read in 8th grade.

When I first read it, it was an extremely compelling book (to say the least).
Being a book about noir and centred around a a character in his mid-forties,
it gave a perspective into the view of how the older generation looks at the younger to say the least.

While it is easy to dismiss this book as being depressing, because of Jack's habits with booze and nicotine, perhaps suffering from mid-life crisis, it is a book that was written to make one t
Jack Taylor is a washed-up, alcoholic (but off the booze for the moment) ex Guarda who makes a living looking into things.
He's at the end of his rope from the beginning of the book because he feels responsible for a young boy who was shot and is in a coma because of him. His one friend is undergoing medical test and asks for his help looking into a nasty murder of a young boy.
Jack stumbles his way through various investigations, basically mucking up just about everything he touches.
This is a gre
K.A. Laity
Nov 14, 2011 K.A. Laity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another addictive read: once you start a Bruen, it's hard to put it down until you finish. Since I was supposed to be writing something myself, I forced myself to stop at each chapter and get back to work. Brutal -- so is this narrative. Wow -- the horror elements are front and center in this one. If you like it dark, you will love this one. The only reason it's four and not five stars is that there were a few instances of rough passages that jarred me out of the narrative. The editor should hav ...more
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Ken Bruen, born in Galway in 1951, is the author of The Guards (2001), the highly acclaimed first Jack Taylor novel. He spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, S.E. Asia and South America. His novel Her Last Call to Louis Mac Niece (1997) is in production for Pilgrim Pictures, his "White Trilogy" has been bought by Channel 4, and The Guards is to be filmed in Ireland by De ...more
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