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The Hackman Blues

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Rilke in Black, Bruen's first novel -- published in the U.S. by Serpent's Tail -- was a finalist for the First Blood award for Best First Crime Novel of 1995, and GQ (England) described it as "the most startling and original crime novel of the decade". Bruen's second novel is even darker, and more controversial -- brutal, violent, and edged with desperate behavior from his ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Do-Not Press (first published April 13th 1997)
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Short, violent, darkly funny, and written in the author's trademark staccato like style this was a good early work by Bruen though he definitely got better with later books.
Ken Bruen at his most hard boiled.
Ken Bruen – 2nd book
Brady is a gay, bipolar, tough guy, criminal-detective ex-con. He is asked to find a white girl in Brixton, which sounds simple, but causes all kinds of complications.

I am a huge fan of Bruen’s more recent works (The Guards, The Killing of the Tinkers, The Magdalen Murders), but you can really tell this is his 2nd book and he hasn’t found his voice as yet.
Kealan Burke
Not my favorite Bruen--that honor goes to his Jack Taylor series--but still a quick, and worthwhile read. I find Bruen's machine-gun prose style irresistible, and it works just as well here as it does in any of his other series, even if the plot of THE HACKMAN BLUES is a little trite. Not a place to start for newcomers to Bruen's work, but a worthwhile slice of British noir all the same.
John Sheehan
It was OK. It read more like a first draft than a fully formed novel. It was very short.
Good but not great. Is this his first book? If it's not, what is his first book?
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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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