Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rilke on Black” as Want to Read:
Rilke on Black
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Rilke on Black

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  133 ratings  ·  9 reviews
“The most startlingly original crime novel to emerge this decade.”—GQ

“The reading equivalent of a boxer’s sharp jab to the solar plexus. It’s fast-paced, tough and pretty sexy.”—Pulp

In south London, an unlikely gang of kidnappers—Nick, an ex-bouncer; Dex, a charismatic sociopath; and Lisa, a motormouth junkie femme fatale—hatches a plot. Their prey is a powerful local busi
...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Five Star (first published 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rilke on Black, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rilke on Black

The Big Sleep by Raymond ChandlerThe Maltese Falcon by Dashiell HammettThe Long Goodbye by Raymond ChandlerFarewell, My Lovely by Raymond ChandlerThe Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
Best Noir
188th out of 464 books — 516 voters
Phineas Poe by Will Christopher BaerThe Devil All the Time by Donald Ray PollockBlind Corners by Jemir Robert JohnsonPiggyback by Tom PittsIshmael Toffee by Roger  Smith
Noirs
87th out of 104 books — 11 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 205)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Josh
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
Tony Black
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.
Sandi
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.
Joey
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.
Jessica
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.
Lurple
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.
Pam
/01/05 #155
TITLE/AUTHOR: RILKE ON BLACK by Ken Bruen
Rating: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction, 1996, 151 pgs
COMMENTS: 1st crime fiction book by Bruen.

Ron
Ken Bruen...'nuf said
Bill
Bill marked it as to-read
Nov 15, 2014
のぞみ
のぞみ marked it as to-read
Oct 29, 2014
Andrew Kelly
Andrew Kelly marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2014
Ken French
Ken French marked it as to-read
Jul 11, 2014
Ted
Ted marked it as to-read
Jun 05, 2014
Timbo
Timbo marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2014
Sami Sayed
Sami Sayed marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2014
Peggy
Peggy marked it as to-read
May 28, 2014
Bob
Bob marked it as to-read
May 22, 2014
Wanda
Wanda marked it as to-read
May 18, 2014
Fenia
Fenia marked it as to-read
Apr 10, 2014
Ellie Red
Ellie Red marked it as to-read
Apr 10, 2014
Nick Wiens
Nick Wiens marked it as to-read
Apr 05, 2014
Robert Cojocaru
Robert Cojocaru marked it as to-read
Apr 01, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Kiss Her Goodbye
  • How the Dead Live
  • The Getaway Man
  • Moth (Lew Griffin, #2)
  • The Name of the Game Is Death (Drake, #1)
  • COPS
  • The Jugger (Parker, #6)
  • The Death of a King
  • Shame the Devil
  • The Convict and Other Stories
  • Little Criminals
  • The Cold Spot
  • Valley of the Dead: The Truth Behind Dante's Inferno
  • Future Lovecraft
  • The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2011 Edition
  • The Wrong Kind of Blood (Ed Loy, #1)
63807
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
More about Ken Bruen...
The Guards (Jack Taylor, #1) The Killing Of The Tinkers (Jack Taylor, #2) The Magdalen Martyrs (Jack Taylor, #3) The Dramatist (Jack Taylor, #4) Priest (Jack Taylor, #5)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »