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Sanctuary by Ken Bruen
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Dec 28, 2013

it was amazing
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Jack Taylor still hasn't made it to America. Still in Galway, Ireland and trying to care for an ill and despondent friend, Jack is taunted by a letter claiming that the writer will kill a policeman, a nun and then finally a child unless Taylor can put a stop to it. Jack is ignored by the police and the church and struggles to track down the killer after bodies start turning up. Following Jack around Galway as he attempts to solve the crime and battles his considerable personal demons is by turns amusing and haunting. The city itself is one of the most important characters in the story, and the changing face of that city continually vexes Jack. This is one of the shortest Jack Taylor novels and Bruen keeps the pace breathless throughout. The one drawback is that this particular installment does draw on considerable backstory from previous novels, so interested readers should begin with the opening novel The Guards. That's hardly a burden as I think it is one of the finest series in contemporary crime fiction.
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