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Headstone by Ken Bruen
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There's nothing like the Jack Taylor novels, in which Jack's urge toward self-destructive behavior competes with his ability to damage others, except when he engages in sudden acts of charity that baffle even him. Taylor, an unlicensed privgate detective with an incredible talent for drinking and drug-taking, is a smart though destructive man. He and his GBLT friends Ridge and Stewart brush against a truly dangerous group of young psychos out to eliminate people who don't fit in(drunks, lesbians, developmentally challenged young people), etc. It's their misfortune that they take on Taylor. Nobody writes like Bruen: machine-gun fast, loaded with cultural references, frequently breathtakingly funny, but, in the end, sad beyond repair. Imagine a p.i. with a limp, a hearing aid, a maimed hand, and several weapons, but also a mystery book. Imagine a guy played by Bill Nighey at his dissolute end of the spectrum.
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