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Sanctuary (Jack Taylor #7)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  696 ratings  ·  63 reviews
When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, P.I. Jack Taylor tells himself that it’s got nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohol’s siren song is calling to him ever more insistently.

A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child i
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2008)
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Anthony Vacca
Bit of an odd duck this book. In a lot of ways, it’s a flop that can be read in one sitting—while Bruen has always liked to get cute with sparse, page-chomping prose stylistics, this time around it feels more like a matter of tired form over function that makes all 208 pages of this book a reading experience of about two hours. Also, one of the biggest traumas in a long list of traumas experienced by Jack Taylor, the hero (for lack of a better word—oh wait, here’s one: loser) of this series, is ...more
This series is consistenly so great that its silly really. I try to find faults in every story just give more critical rating,review but its not easy. Ken Bruen is just too talented in the way he uses some real important issues you dont find in crime novels often.

This book is the best along with The Gaurds,The Dramatist.
Tim Niland
Jack Taylor still hasn't made it to America. Still in Galway, Ireland and trying to care for an ill and despondent friend, Jack is taunted by a letter claiming that the writer will kill a policeman, a nun and then finally a child unless Taylor can put a stop to it. Jack is ignored by the police and the church and struggles to track down the killer after bodies start turning up. Following Jack around Galway as he attempts to solve the crime and battles his considerable personal demons is by turns ...more
I don't think there is anyone who writes dialogue better than Ken Bruen. His character, Jack Taylor, is flawed but Bruen makes him so endearing you can't wait to see what comes out of his mouth, or his thoughts, next. Jack receives a letter in the mail listing the people that will be murdered. He dismisses it as a crank letter but then the people start dying. In the previous book Jack was headed to America, but a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer so he stuck around for support. With the Ja ...more
KB has a spare and poetic sytle of writing. His themes always provoke thoughtfulness. One of my top ten favorite authors in UK genre writing dealing with one character whose life is reprised in subsequent novels. No huge laughs, but wise observations on la condition humaine. Steps outside most of our lives. Isn't this why we read "difficult" authors and their themes because we have created boundaries for our actions?
Oh, Mr Bruen. Tis been too long.

I'm a big fan of the Jack Taylor novels. It's been a while since I've read one. I'd forgotten how a Bruen novel differs from others. They are simple, sophisticated, intriguing, quick, cutting, certain, and downright readable in every way. Add a character like Jack that is at once lovable, enigmatic, insightful, and a train wreck, and you've got a book that you can't put down. Nor should you.

Like the other Taylor novels I've read, Jack gets himself into a sticky si
We're given another fascinating glimpse into the dour Jack Taylor's tortured life. By now he wears a hearing aid and walks with a limp. He's discovered a new substitute for the booze: Xanax. He's going after a deranged nun who has kidnapped a child. I liked the song references like the Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down," one of my favorites. Spurts of mordant wit, poetic turns of phrase, and the rich Irish atmosphere make this fast read also a rewarding one.
another short fun glimpse into the world of Jack Taylor/Ken Bruen (surely they are one in the same person?). I always close the pages feeling like i'v traveled to Galway...which is nice. on the downside, bruen seems to have lost his drive to live up to the earlier brilliance of The Magdalena Murders or Killing of the Tinkers. he doesn't have to...because most of us are along for the ride no matter what. however: Ken, if you are out owe us another good one.
Cathy Cole
I love Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor mysteries. They are lean, brutal howls of anguish and rage that sometimes read like poetry and at other times read like outlines. I normally do not care to read books about main characters who are alcoholics or drug addicts, but Jack Taylor is the exception. He rages against man's inhumanity to man. He is a wounded, soul-sick wreck of a man who came to be that way simply because he cares too much. I may not like Jack Taylor, but I do care about him.

Bruen's Jack Tay
Jack Taylor ist trocken. Noch. Denn Benedictus, Antagonist im nunmehr 7. Band der Reihe um Privatermittler Taylor, lässt den alten Jack wieder an der Flasche nuckeln. Und während Benedictus munter eine diabolische Todesliste abarbeitet, säuft sich Taylor wieder in altbekannter Manier unter die Pub-Tische in Galway.

Hilfe bekommt Jack diesmal nicht nur von einer lesbischen Polizistin, sondern auch von seinem ehemaligen Dealer, der mittlerweile auf östliche Kampfkunst und Zen schwört. Insbesondere
Felix Zilich
Целый квартал Голуэя оказался в реанимации из-за отравления водопроводной водой. Горожане перепуганы, скупают дистиллированную воду вёдрами. Джек Тейлор тоже озадачен, но его шкурный интерес куда проще. Где берут в барах лёд для вискаря - из под крана или из пластиковых бутылок?

Вы не ошиблись - Джек наконец вышел из завязки. Психотравма с улетевшим в окно ребенком почти обнулилась, поэтому меню “для рывка” снова хрестоматийное: пинта “Гиннесса”, шот “Джемисона” и - сюрприз! - два колеса ксанакса
Bruen's latest installment in the Jack Taylor series is the best yet. He combines the taughtness of Thomas Harris with the hardboiled world weariness of Raymond Chandler, with Galway standing in for Los Angeles.
Bruce DeSilva
A great book by the Irish master of noir. For my Associated Press review, click on this link:
Minty McBunny
Usually, reviewing a book in this series is just a matter of finding new words to praise Bruen's gorgeously gritty poetic prose. Unfortunately, I found this book not up the usual standard, I felt rushed & not the rich portrait of Jack's tormented inner psyche that I usually expect. Several bombs were dropped through the course of this tale & Jack seemed to almost take them in stride. Even a return to the bottle seems like no big deal & something easily recovered from.

I have seen Bru
"I'd sworn I was out of the investigation business, but this was personal, or so the lunatic who wrote it implied."

I was surprised by this book because there is a slight shift in Bruen's style. Part of this relates to form, such as the use of chapters with titles, giving the story a more structured presence, which was clearly present before. But there is also a change in the mood of the narration. Don't get me wrong, this is still a dark, gritty story, but Jack's narration has bursts of humor th
First Sentence: Dear Mr. Taylor, Please forgive the formality.

Jack Taylor has sold his apartment and is ready to head to the US when his friend, Ridge, announces she has malignant breast cancer, so he stays to help her. He then receives the letter stating two guards, one nun, one judge and a child will die and he is to be witness. His once friend, now enemy, Guarda Superintendent Clancy, doesn’t give it any credence, but Jack does follows up, with the help of now-recovered Ridge and other friend
For Jack Taylor old habits die hard and he even harder. In the latest installment in the drunken drug addled tale of ex Gardia Jack Taylor, Santruary sees the infamous P.I return to form in a blaze of glory and vomit. Sought out by a serial killer, Jack is the centre piece of a murder puzzle which hits a little too close to home. The Guards he once represented still want nothing to do with him, so he enlists the services of Stewart (former drug dealer) and Ridge (former Guard) to catch a killer ...more
Theresa Leone Davidson
I have discovered another author of mysteries/thrillers that I really enjoy: Ken Bruen. Unfortunately, he writes 'series,' with one main character who continues to be on the case, and once again, I started with, I think, fifth in the series. Nevertheless, it didn't feel like I was missing too many important details from stories past, and now I know how much I enjoyed the story, I'll go back and start from the beginning. In Sanctuary, Jack Taylor, a private investigator in Ireland, is looking for ...more
Donald Schopflocher
After watching all six of the recent Jack Taylor dramas on Netflix, I thought it time to read one of Bruen's Jack Taylor novels. I could visualize Galway, which helped since Bruen's spare prose offers little description. The violence is there, so is the booze and other addictions. Not much of a plot and not much detective work by Jack this time. Still fun though.
Kel McGowan
It's about a detective trying to solve a murder after he's sent a list that specifies the victims. Two guards, a nun, a judge and child. When news comes home about the death of a judge and a nun, it becomes a race against time to save an innocent kid.

Apparently Ken Bruen is Ireland's bestselling crime writer and it's not hard to see why. The book is short, gritty and uncomplicated. I'm not really into the crime genre as it's so depressing but this one is never more than you can manage, even when
A shocking, major retcon of probably the single greatest defining event in the protagonist's life left me with mixed feelings. While I'm glad he has one less regret to drink down, it just seemed too pat and smelled a little of, "It was just a dream..." in reverse. (It happened, but someone else did it while I was asleep.)

I'm still in love with the narrative voice, and it's really the only genre fiction series I make it a point of reading. Usually I get so lost in the stray observations and morda
I think I enjoyed this. I think I was only really getting into it when it ended. At first it seemed like a typical gritty plot-driven crime novel, but part way through I realised there was a lot going on under the surface. The main character was a lot more complex than first appeared and there were some really poignant moments which I was not expecting. I think my overall verdict is that this is a series which needs to be read in order. This is about the third book, and I think I missed a lot of ...more
Very good example of a Jack Taylor novel. Breezy fast private investigator novel with a funny, daft Irish wit.
Disappointed that Jack Taylor returned to his old ways, but as he would say "What did you expect?"
I think that the series should have ended with "Cross" and he should have been leaving for America and not answered Ridge's phone call. But that would have been too clean and not in keeping with the self-destructive Jack.
A bit of psychology here, I could see Ken Bruen taking all of his bad qualities and creating a character out of them. I guess that it is a tribute to his story-telling that I comple
Mike Vines
If you ever think you are having a bad day, you don't know Jack...
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This is a new to me author although I have a few of his earlier books laying around the house. I picked this one up from the library because it was such a slim volume, a little over 200 pages, which I read in one sitting in a few hours. I love the way Bruen writes, and I both love and hate the character of Jack Taylor who is a sad and depressed addict. Definitely not for readers easily offended by cursing and crude language, but I'm looking forward to getting to know Jack Taylor better.
I am wearying of the Jack Taylor schtick, and this book made me more, not less weary. Taylor lurches through battles with his various demons while trying to solve a mystery . . . yet again! Yawn! Bruen did back flips to connect this particular mystery to Taylor's personal life, making up a couple of whoppers so big they made me put the book down in dismay at the sheer nerve of it. This is turning into a bankrupt franchise, and it is awful to watch.
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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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Jack Taylor (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • 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)
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