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Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  17 reviews
She’s hot, well read, and absolutely mad—and she won’t let him go

Bank robber Cooper picks her up at the supermarket, where he spies her shoplifting and warns her that the store detective is watching her. She puts the stolen food back, and he buys her lunch. It’s the worst mistake he’s ever made.What this pretty young American girl is doing in South London is a mystery to h
ebook, 124 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Road (first published 1998)
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Bruen’s early voice in HER LAST CALL TO LOUISE MACNEICE reads like Duane Swierczynski by way of Ray Banks, yet the addictive and unique style that forms to create renowned PI Jack Taylor is still prevalent as Bruen so effortlessly engulfs the reader in his world of noir through his lead character Cooper and femme fatale Cassie.

Cassie is crazy and Cooper a criminal. One night of lust turns Cooper’s already troubled life upside down. Fatal attraction to say the least. There’s also the matter of a
Nigel Bird
I love the title of this book. It's a lesson in how to suck a punter in. The link to poetry was a strong pull for me and also the fact that it doesn't give anything away, the latter possibly explaining why it took me 3 or 4 pages to find the rhythm.

It opens with a fast flow, like the floodgates have been opened on a river-of-consciousness.

Once I'd worked out how to surf the waves, a simple case of going with the tide, I was completely taken by the style and the first-person narrative.

Page 1, th
Martial arts film star Bruce Lee used to demonstrate what he called the "Three Inch Punch." He'd hold his fist a mere three inches away from his target, yet when he struck from that absurdly short range, he put so much power behind the strike that he could propel a man across the room and shatter his ribs in the process.

Ken Bruen's books are like that: short, yet powerful and brutally effective.

Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice is a short work, but there's a lot of story packed into those 120-odd
Bruen's second published novel is a dark, fast-moving shotgun blast of South London noir with a splash of Irish Whiskey to top it off. Cooper's happy little life of crime goes very bad, very fast, once Cassie enters his life. This is a great one-sitting read, something like an Anglo-Irish Elmore Leonard doing a novella-length riff on KISS ME, JUDAS with Guy Ritchie directing. Perfect as a literary palate-cleanser. (Now I need to find Bruen's RILKE ON BLACK, which apparently comes before this one ...more
Tim Niland
Cooper is an ex-con in London who is part owner of a repossession business called Righteous Repo with a fella named Doc (because he wears Doc Martens, not because of any medical talent) whom he met in prison. Cooper and Doc also have a profitable side business, namely in bank robbery. When Cooper meets Cassie, a sexy American tourist, the wheels start to come off. Cassie is clearly mentally ill, obsessed with the poet of the title and soon becomes obsessed with Cooper and becomes the bane of his ...more
Martin Sharp
Everything that Mr Bruen writes is wonderful. This short story revolves around Cooper - out of prison after a sentence for GBH - who also happens to be an armed bank robber.
He encounters a mysterious woman who becomes obsessed with him and seems intent on getting him at any cost.

Although a short story, the characters are fully rounder and the plot is both complex and absorbing.

Highly recommended
Manuel Antão


There's just something about Ken's writing and his characters that reaches into me...
There's not much to speak of in terms of plot, but I was so caught up with Bruen's storytelling and voice that it obliterated everything else. There's no story? No big deal. The characters are an archetype? Most of them are, at their core. But the voice, the sheer, barely concealed rage of it, is what grabbes me.

Ken Bruen is still writing some of the most original, noir, gritty and visceral crime fiction there i
Frühwerk des sonst fantastischen Ken Bruen, das allerdings leider noch gar nicht wirklich fantastisch ist. Ziemlich flache Charaktere gepaart mit einem unspannendem Plot dürften selbst Hardboiled-Puristen wenig begeistern. Auch wenn die Sprache von Bruen damals schon über beinahe jeden Zweifel erhaben war und viele Elemente seiner späteren Werke hier auch zu finden sind, wie z.B. witzige Dialoge, wirkt das alles leider noch sehr unausgegoren und gezwungen. Beruhigend, dass auch ein Ken Bruen nic ...more
I'd call this one a work for Bruen purists only. It has a lot of classic gritty noir elements, but they don't add up to anything, not even a character piece. The author's penchant for pop culture references is in overdrive, and adds the additional complication of unmooring the story's place in time: in one sentence it's mentioned that the movie Repo Man recently came out, then a little while later there's a reference to the sitcom Friends, without the passage of several years in between.
"A celtic Dashiell Hammett" (book cover quote)

Ken Bruen's a big favorite author - gritty, spare, hard boiled Irish author, writes crime stories.

In this short book, Cooper a legit repo man by day, bank robber by night, meets Cassie -- bold, brash and very mentally disturbed.

Sam Soule
I've finally bought into Bruen. Totally. The sparse hard-action prose. The consistently snap-happy dialog. The amazingly deep crime fiction fanboy-ness (-ish? -ism?). This be a small story with a big screen tone (realized soon). Raymond. Higgins. Pelecanos. Thank you.
Dan Mccarthy
It's all about the pace and the poetry. The characters are replaced with uncertainty. Sometimes a writer has more confidence in where he is going than the reader. This is one of those times. Sticking with Bruen ends up being fun.
An early Bruen that shows how he has refined his skills and voice over his career, but one thing that remains a constant delight to me is Bruen's willingness to completely suckerpunch his characters.
One of Bruen's lesser novels but still worth reading. If you're looking for modern noir, Bruen should be on your bookshelf (or ebook reader". I recommend starting with The Guards.
Cooper gets out of jail and continues in his villainous ways. Very dark, kind of a jazz riff on noir.
Simon Parsons
Pretty standard for the Bruen book I have read - Nastyish crook, psychotic woman, fast story.
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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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