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Cross (Jack Taylor #6)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  774 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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
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Published April 7th 2008 by Corgi (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
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
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
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
Tim Niland
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
Felix Zilich
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
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
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
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.
Bleak! Yes, how surprising a book about Ireland that is bleak. But I love the character Jack, even though he is riddled with problems, contradictions and failings. The series took a heart wrenching turn a few books back (Bruen- how could you?!) and everything is still reeling from the impact. I love the sense of loss, displacement and impermanence. Jack lost his job with the Guarda but that is just a foreshadowing of losing his family, city, church and way of life in Galway. But every now and th ...more
A. Mary Murphy
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
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
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
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
Dan Lemke
Ken Bruen delivers a nice, tight neo-noir story following his Irish private investigator Jack Taylor. Having watched the TV serial, I jumped into this book which seems to more or less pick up where the last episode (now penultimate episode) left off. Bruen is brilliant in his use of sly and dark forms of humor, and the novel reads like a breeze.
The Crime Scene Scene
Cross is the sixth novel in the Jack Taylor series by author Ken Bruen. A young boy is found crucified in Galway. After his sister is found burned alive Jack Taylor decides to take matters into his own hands, an investigation that will lead him to settle new and old ghosts.

Despite the opening introductions I felt this book actually had a distinct lack of plot line. The book is more of a novella length rather than a full novel and was therefore a quick read.Read the full review here
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.
Another great Jack Taylor novel by Ken Bruen. If you're into crime and thriller literature (which, to this date, I keep telling myself I am not), or if you're into all things considering Ireland, or for many other reasons, you should check out Ken Bruen's work.
Jack’s inner demons come back to haunt him at every turn, as he investigates the crucifixion of a young man in Galway City. His hard outer core masks a man in torment. The story is touching, thought provoking and at times depressing, but well worth the read.
This is Jack Taylor good as it gets when it comes to hard boiled Irish crime. In this book, Jack is doing what it takes to stay away from booze, drugs, and cigarettes. Hard to do when all he wants to do is indulge in his vices so he can sink into oblivion and forget the deaths of those few people who were close to him. Jack decides that a trip to America is the best he can do to put the past behind him but before he leaves Galway he takes on one more case to solve...this time the crucifi ...more
Ian Mapp
And what a refeshing change to the last lengthy book. This was done in three sittings and one of those was to stetch it out over the train.

These books are an extension of each other - exactly the same format, same characters, a slight moving off onto another investigation.

Taylor is not drinking - but going into pubs to order a Guinness and a shot of whiskey. No one (alive) writes like Bruen and makes you want to enter this world. Its great.

Investigation is not worth worrying about - more wry obs
When I started reading Cross, I suddenly realized how much I love Ken Bruen's style - it's totally delightful! I remember when I read my first Bruen book - The Guards - I think I started it about 3 times because his style seemed so clipped and didn't seem to flow. Third time's a charm - and now when I start a new one, it's like coming home. Cross is another Jack Taylor story. I think this is the 5th Jack Taylor book I've read, and he has become and old friend. As in all these books, the "mystery ...more
Cheryl Douglass
Ken Bruen was recommended as an author and this book was the only one I was able to lay my hands on. Jack Taylor - the main character - is far too introspective & self absorbed for my liking. He has formed a relationship with Cody who from all accounts had taken a bullet/s in a previous novel. This relationship is Jack's only redeeming quality, but even this is brought to an abrupt ending and as a result his demons (drugs & alcohol) come calling. Will he answer? Will have to read on.. wi ...more
Jack Taylor seeks to bring his own form of justice against the person(s) responsible for murdering a young man by crucifixion. The love/hate relationship with Ridge continues but softens around the edges somewhat further adding to the chemistry as the investigation deepens. While a few threads are tied up, nothing much seems to happen as each case reaches its conclusion without much fanfare. The Cross is more a Jack Taylor character study then crime story as the murder takes a backseat to Jacks' ...more
K.A. Laity
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
Holy shit - the Jack Taylor series has just become one of my favorite detective / crime fiction series of all time. You must read these books in order (and this is like the 5th or 6th), but read them, you must.

Thoroughly Irish, this series tells the heart-wrenching sagas of Jack Taylor, an extreme alcoholic ex-cop living in Galway, who - oh hell anything i write will pale in comparison to the perfection of Ken Bruen's books.

Those who follow me on G.R. know I don't review too much, but this one i
“A cross offers two options: you can be nailed to it…or lie on it, as a voluntary act.”

-Irish saying

Death, pain and trouble follow Jack Taylor like a shadow. He cannot shake it, even while he’s off the booze and cigarettes. Our favorite ex-guard is back and this time he is looking into the murder of a boy, who was found crucified. Of course, this takes Jack to some dark places and he gets to stare down the embodiment of evil.
I’m not sure if there is a more consistent series than this one. It’s t
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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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