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The Dramatist by Ken Bruen
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Jan 11, 09

bookshelves: 2007-audio-books, 2007-mysteries
Read in May, 2007

The Dramatist, by Ken Bruen. B.
Purchased on cassette from UKaudiobooks.com. Produced, I think, by Clpper Audio.

I wanted to like Jack Taylor. Everyone on 4MA’s list seems so enamored of him. But he seemed like more than an anti-hero to me. He seemed like a total loser. He was managing in this book to stay sober, and had for six months. But things fell apart for him. His friends were betraying him, his mother was in a terrible nursing home for which he felt guilty, and he was generally depressed. It was hard for me to figure out how he had enough alertness to investigate anything, and, indeed, he seemed to just luck into solutions. In the end, he couldn’t stay off the booze either. The audio reader was wonderful with a great Irish accent. I will read more, as they become available, but I think I may continue to be pretty impatient with Jack Taylor.


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