Cross (Jack Taylor #6)
Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in the hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.
Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, dead and living. Everyone wants something f ...more
Never have I ever been to Ireland, but there ...more
Maybe this is going to be a bit of a spoiler, but there are certain things that keep happening in the books that are making them slightly predictable in ways that should be unpredictable. I'll give this one credit, it doesn't go for the same sort of ending tha ...more
Αυτό το βιβλίο έχει ιστορία.
Καλοκαίρι 2008, ολοκλήρωσα το πρώτο τετράμηνο ως πρωτοετής αγγλικής λογοτεχνίας στο πανεπιστήμιο, με άσχετα μαθήματα, (εισαγωγή στην στατιστική, εισαγωγή στους Η/Υ, εισαγωγή στην ...more
As us ...more
Damn, I love this series.
No review here, just a bunch of spots I highlighted.
I've seen many men, women too, wrecked by booze, their faces a testament to all that hell has to offer, but this guy, he was like those photos of Bukowski in his last days. Not good. Beneath the ruin, I'd hazard he was only thirty or so, but the red eyes had seen things that a century of hurt might accomplish.
Paddy is one of the strongest whiskeys and the ...more
In Cross a boy has been crucified in Galway City. People are shocked; the Irish Church is scandalised - and no further acti ...more
The famed love/hate relationship between the two continues but softens around the sharpened edges somewhat further adding to their already complex chemistry as ...more
Jack is an extraordinarily well written character, which makes t ...more
По телевизору, где-то в Беслане, боевики осаждают школу, в Кладдахе - неизвестные подонки сж ...more
Still cant compare this series to 99% of crime fiction its too good for them.
The protagonist, Jack Taylor, is truly an antihero, a loser in most ways. He is an alcoholic, a pill-popper and a misanthrope. Everyone near him suffers; he suffers. Through all the stuff, he goes on living, wondering why, hating himself most of all.
Yet, Mr. Bruen is such a great novelist. He writes sharp dialog and creates brilliant word pictures even in the raining gloom of Ireland. At the bitterest moments he has t ...more
This novel is an episode from the life of series character Jaack Taylor, Bruen’s ex-Garda anti-hero. There’s a lot going on in this chapter. Taylor’s young friend, Cody, is in the hospital, in intensive care, being treated for gunshot wounds, and on the slippery edge of life and death. Taylor is still working on who the potential shooter might have been, although he has a pretty good idea. We’re working with a different Taylor in this book; he has stopped smoking an ...more
Jack Taylor, free for the moment from drugs, booze and nicotine, would also like to be free of any sort of human involvement. He has a good reason for feeling this way: he brings pain and death to everyone he loves. His surrogate son, Cody, is lying in the hospital in a coma, and Jack visits everyday-- touching Cody, talking to him, trying to coax him back among the living.
In the meantime, dogs are going missing in a Galway neighborhood and one ...more
Bruen, Ken – 6th in series
Bantam Press, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780593057278
First Sentence: It took them a time to crucify the kid.
*** There is a lot going on in Jack Taylor’s life. He is off the drink; thinking of selling his apartment and moving to the US.
The young man, who became his protégée, and who Jack came to love as a son, is in a coma having taken a gunshot meant for Jack. Now another ex-Guarda, fired for drunkenness, comes ...more
Read this all in one sitting.
Yes, it is a bit silly. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The narrator is ex-law-enforcement, (ex-)alcoholic character, with lots in his past to ruminate over. I was heavily reminded of Max Payne; both characters narrate in such a way that life is devoid of joy and hope.
It's a bit silly; especially as the other people Jack interacts with praise him for his obvious innate goodness, while Jack narra ...more