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The Devil by Ken Bruen
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Sep 01, 2010

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When Jack Taylor is refused entry onto an airplane bound for America he drowns his sorrows with alcohol and Xanax at the airport bar. There he meets the most peculiar gentleman, one who seems to know an awful lot about him and gives him the creeps. Returning to Galway with his tail between his legs, Jack reluctantly returns to his gig as a half-assed private investigator, only this time, there's a catch: everyone he talks to is turning up dead, and the man from the airport seems to be everywhere, taunting and gloating. Jack becomes convinced that this is the Devil himself and circumstantial evidence supports him... Jack has faced a lot of tough enemies over the course of the series, but does he stand a chance against the Prince of Darkness himself? Religious imagery has abounded in the books of this series, Jack is a lapsed Catholic who has investigated abused nuns, murdered priests and psychotic religious obsessives. Awash in Xanax and booze, he is convinced that this may be his final battle. Bruen returns to many of the familiar themes that he has explored in the series: the changing nature of Ireland, the battle between good and evil, and of course all of the forces of addiction that Jack deals with every day. This is the most over the top book in the series, but in a way it gets back to its noir roots, with flashes of David Goodis in Bruen's writing.

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