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The Guards by Ken Bruen
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Mar 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery
Read in March, 2006

Set in Galway, Ireland, the hero of this dark mystery is a former member of the Guards, or police. After Jack Taylor gets kicked out of the guards for drunkeness (in Ireland no less!), he supports himself with his questionable talents at finding things as a PI. When a woman hires him to investigate the apparent suicide of her daughter, Jack finds a connection between the dead girl and several other recent suicides. The investigation puts him at odd with his former colleagues in the Garda, as he finds himself getting involved with his client. In the fine tradition of melancholy detectives with serious drinking problem, this first novel still manages to be really compelling and original. The reader gets a great tour of workingman's Galway, and the dry humor of the character of Taylor is a nice surprise. It was also a really quick read.

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