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“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
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Five Star (first published 1997)
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
/01/05 #155
Rating: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction, 1996, 151 pgs
COMMENTS: 1st crime fiction book by Bruen.

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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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