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American Skin by Ken Bruen
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Jun 29, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in June, 2009

There are only a few Bruen novels on my shelf that I haven't read; this seemed like a good time to dive into another, and I wasn't disappointed. American Skin is, yes, an American novel, but it is just as much about Ireland, but mostly a portrayal of the bleaker side of the human condition. That said, there is plenty of passion, intelligence and warmth in Bruen's narrative. Part of this is because he peppers his prose with quotations from and citations of musician and authors. Part of it is his keen curiosity about what makes even the most dire people behave the way they do. We have people ranging from almost sympathetic to truly scary, but Bruen's careful sharp descriptions make them jump off the page. If you aren't reading Bruen, you are missing out on one of our better authors.

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