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Headstone by Ken Bruen
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Mar 06, 12

bookshelves: mystery-thriller
Read in March, 2012

No one writes a flawed character better that Ken Bruen. Jack Taylor is an alcoholic, pill popping ex Guard in Galway, Ireland. He has a caustic tongue but a heart of gold. His nemesis, Father Malachy, is assaulted and ends up in a coma. Soon after, Jack is assaulted and two of his fingers cut off. Someone is mailing his friends tiny tombstones identical to one Jack had received. He realizes someone is targeting what they consider to be social misfits: Jack’s friends, Ridge and Stewart who are gay; a young man with Downs Syndrome; Jack who is an alcoholic. The attackers have a plan, one that Jack has to figure out before more attacks take place. As if he doesn’t have enough on his plate, Father Gabriel hires him to locate a priest who had taken off with the money belonging to The Brethren. Jack doesn’t trust Gabriel but takes the job anyway. Jack deals with his enemies in ways not for the faint at heart but humor softens the blow to the reader. Bruen offers large dollops of Ireland’s past and present as well as quotes from some of Taylor’s favorite books. As an aside, HEADSTONE has one of the most striking covers I have ever seen.
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