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Rilke on Black

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A poorly planned kidnapping turns bloody

Lisa is too good-looking not to be trouble. Nick falls for her as soon as he meets the lithe young black woman, and though their drug-fueled relationship quickly turns toxic, he can’t stop wanting her. In a flash, she’s burnt through his savings and cost him his job, so she proposes a kidnapping scheme to reinvigorate their bank acco
ebook, 150 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Road (first published 1997)
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Nov 26, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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RILKE ON BLACK is one of Ken Bruen's earlier noirs and it's easy to see where the foundations for Jack Taylor were laid. Bruen's depiction of noir in a modern setting is unsettling and essential to the downtrodden and depraved mindset of his characters who inhabit this grey clad world he so effortlessly thrusts them in. In RILKE ON BLACK, the influence of vice is paramount to the plot. Alcoholisms and a slightly lighter form of prostitution (or overt promiscuous) to meet an end drive the charact ...more
Joe Kraus
I’ve had a serious jones for Bruen’s work over the last few months. When he’s on, he just gets the hardboiled. He has his own voice and his own powerful sense of humor, and he has a knack for writing stories that favor the jab over the haymaker: quick narratives that take off and wrap up in skilled fashion.

This one, despite sounding great, is my least favorite of his so far. For one thing, I find the voice here more challenging that in other places. Nick talks in a strange fashion, some of it Br
I'm really somewhere between two and three stars on this one. I liked this book, but I also didn't like it. It's complicated. The story is both simple and complex; confusing and straight forward. It's a book of complete opposites and yet I still found myself wanting it to have a happy ending, despite all the horrible stuff that goes on. Bruen's writing is, as always, quick and fun, with a dark undertone and a lot of Brit-isms that could make Americans go "huh?" I've let this book settle into my ...more
Tony Black
Apr 01, 2011 Tony Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nick is an ex-bouncer with a father in the gutter; Dex, a class-A nutter; and Lisa, a druggie femme fatale with a bad mouth. When they decide to take hostage a club owner who has a taste for the poetry of Rilke, the ensuing chaos was like nothing I'd read before. Every page burst with style and substance, poetry and street patois, anger and adrenaline. All of it told with an ease of skill that is the mark of a true original.
An early stand alone novel that had all the ingredients of Bruen's latter work but was not quite as polished. Still well worth reading and it was fun seeing a couple of names like Brant and Falls pop up in the narrative.
Jul 09, 2009 Joey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to really get into this story. Once I got to the second half of the book I started to like it a lot more. I really liked the way it was written and will be reading more Ken Bruen for sure.
Sean Knowles
Not my favorite Ken Bruen book, but still a solid read. Rilke on Black portrays one of the strongest gay characters in any sort of media that I have ever read or seen.
Oct 08, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
/01/05 #155
Rating: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction, 1996, 151 pgs
COMMENTS: 1st crime fiction book by Bruen.

Jan 29, 2011 Lurple rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of Bruen's stand alone novels. If you haven't read any Bruen, I recommend starting with The Guards" or The White Trilogy, both of which are excellent.
Nov 26, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, england
Bruen's definitely still finding his voice in this early outing and it suffers a bit for that, but his approach to crime and punishment is still one of the more interesting in modern fiction.
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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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