London Boulevard by Ken Bruen

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When Mitchell is released from prison after serving three years for a vicious attack he doesn’t even remember, Billy Norton is there to pick him up. But Norton works for Tommy Logan, a ruthless loan shark lowlife with plans Mitchell wants nothing to do with. Attempting to stay out of Logan’s way, he finds work at the Holland Park mansion of faded movie actress, Lillian Palmer, where he has to deal with her mysterious butler, Jordan. It isn’t long before Mitchell’s violent past catches up with him and people start getting hurt. When his disturbed sister Briony is threatened, Mitchell is forced to act.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) has teamed with Quentin Curtis to acquire rights to London Boulevard. Monahan plans to co-produce, write, and make his directorial debut with the movie.

This is a masterful work of double dealing and suspense from one of the great crime writers of our time.

About Ken Bruen

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Ken Bruen was born in Galway, Ireland in 1951. The author of sixteen novels, he spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, SE Asia and South America. He now lives in Galway City with his wife and daughter.
Published November 24, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 250 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She hires Mitch as a handyman for all reasons, and soon enough, in an extended echo of Sunset Boulevard, they become intimate.

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While Mitchell and Palmer obviously evoke Sunset 's Joe Gillis and Norma Desmond, Bruen (Once Were Cops ) adds his own cast of supporting characters, notably Mitchell's eccentric sister, Briony.

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Book Reporter

Bruen puts us right from the start in the world of noir:.

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The Washington Post

That's harmless fun, perhaps intended to lend a quasi-poetic aura to prose that is anything but, and to stretch out a short novel.

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Time Out New York

‘London Boulevard’ is the directing debut of William Monahan, who wrote Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed’ and Ridley Scott’s ‘Body of Lies’ and here adapts Irish writer Ken Bruen’s novel about an ex-con in London who, through a twist of fate, becomes the bodyguard of a reclusive, nervy actress whi...

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Irish author Ken Bruen's hard-charging Jack Taylor novels have earned him multiple awards as well as a slew of fans drawn to his dark vision.

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Whereas Ken Bruen's source novel went so far as to make the movie star a sexagenarian whom Mitchel beds, the film has rather cowardly backed off the May-December romance (given Farrell's and Knightley's respective ages, it's more like May-March).

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Bruen does a good job in creating a well-written and entertaining story and gives the main character Mitchell some style: In certain parts of the book we see him beyond an ex-con while he quotes various books he supposedly read and citing their authors, and making reference to numerous songs and...

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