The Devil by Ken Bruen
(Jack Taylor Novels)

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America—the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons: but not for PI Jack Taylor, who’s just been refused entry. Disappointed and bitter, he thinks that an encounter with an overly friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know much more than he should about Jack. Jack thinks no more of their meeting and resumes his old life in Galway.

            But when he’s called to investigate a student murder—connected to an elusive Mr. K—he remembers the man from the airport. Is the stranger really who he says he is? With the help of the Jameson, Jack struggles to make sense of it all. After several more murders and too many coincidental encounters, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis. But why has he been chosen? And could he really have taken on the devil himself?

            Suspenseful, haunting, and totally unique, The Devil is Bruen at his very best.


 

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 August 31, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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It’s just that there always seems to be collateral damage—good people getting hurt, people he thinks he should have been able to protect.

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In Bruen's atmospheric, metaphysically tinged eighth Jack Taylor novel, the Galway PI clashes with Satan himself—or so all the clues scream.

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Book Reporter

Bruen is arguably best known for his Jack Taylor novels, of which THE DEVIL is the seventh and latest in the series.

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Reviewing the Evidence

THE DEVIL is crime fiction in that Jack investigates how and why a charismatic young man, who leaves a trail of bodies in his wake every time he appears, has inveigled his way into the life of Jack's friend Ridge and her husband.

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Chron.com

Galway writer Ken Bruen, whose lyric-noir novels featuring private investigator Jack Taylor cruise the bleak underside of Irish-Catholic life with mordant humor, has his hero encountering the devil himself in his latest book, called, yes, The Devil.

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Spinetingler Magazine

But if you’re not already a Jack Taylor fan and serial killers and appearances from the devil himself are not your bag (and that luggage sure as shit don’t have the Nerd’s name on the tag, admittedly), you’d be well served to check out some of his other shit first like A White Trilogy, the aforem...

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Spinetingler Magazine

It appears that the devil has a grudge against Taylor, who has interfered in the past with some of His plans.

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