A New York Times Best Mystery of the Year: A hard-drinking detective deals with double murder and an elusive vigilante.
After much tragedy and violence, Jack Taylor has at long last landed at contentment. Of course, he still knocks back too much Jameson and dabbles in uppers, but he has a new woman in his life, a freshly bought apartment, and little sign of trouble on the horizon—until a wealthy Frenchman comes to him with a request to investigate the double murder of his twin sons.
Jack is meanwhile roped into looking after his girlfriend’s nine-year-old, and is in for a shock with the appearance of a character out of his past. The plot is one big chess game and all of the pieces seem to be moving at the behest of one dangerously mysterious player: a vigilante called “Silence,” because he’s the last thing his victims will ever hear.
This new novel filled with suspense and pitch-dark humor comes from a Shamus Award-winning author who’s been called “hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue, and bleak noir sensibility” (TheNew York Times Book Review).
“The Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel.”—Irish Independent
Powered by nonstop action and acerbic wit, Edgar-finalist Bruen's 14th novel featuring ex-cop Jack Taylor (after 2017's The Ghosts of Galway) is like the pints of Guinness that the saga's existentially tortured, pill-popping antihero consumes on a daily basis unfathomably dark. When the woman he cares for, a speech therapist named Marion, leaves Ireland to attend a conference in the States, so too does any semblance of stability or contentment in Taylor's life. He's asked to investigate the horrific murder of a man's adult twin sons, two morally bankrupt Menendez brothers wannabes; Marion's bratty nine-year old son is abducted by a pedophile; his ex-wife shows up with a daughter he didn't know he had; and a serial killer known as the Silence begins a deadly chess game in which he's an unwilling participant. Bloody chaos ensues. Readers who can get past the decidedly nonlinear and at times downright muddled narrative will find a deeply flawed but endear-ing character whose suffering is both tragic and transformative.
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While I like his style, it rambles without purpose. Dark perspectives can draw you in but he just doesn’t. The ending (no spoiler alert) leaves you wanting and almost cursing the author. Don’t waste your time unless you have absolutely NOTHING else to entertain you.
Waste of money
Clever writer but too heavy-booted politicsl. Detracts from story. Had to give one star, to get the review published.