The White Trilogy by Ken Bruen

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Two tough, aging cops take on London’s thugs, killers, and mobsters in Ken Bruen’s hard-as-nails White Trilogy

At sixty-two, Chief Inspector Roberts is nearly too old to be a cop, but he makes up for his age with a ferocity that the younger detectives cannot match. After four decades on the force, he has a daughter who hates him, a wife who cheats, and a bank account that grows emptier every year. But on London’s darker streets, Roberts is a force to be reckoned with. With his partner, the gleefully brutal Detective Sergeant Brant, Roberts looks for every policeman’s dream: the White Arrest, a high-profile success that makes up for all their past failures. In A White Arrest, their target is a bat-wielding lunatic who knocks off drug dealers. In Taming the Alien, they hunt a mysterious hit man who earned his nickname by carrying out a hit while watching Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic. And in The McDead, Roberts and Brant set their sights on a cunning kingpin ruling London’s southeast side. Gripping and gritty, Ken Bruen’s White Trilogy is an unforgettable noir portrait of London’s seedy underworld.

About Ken Bruen

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Ken Bruen was born in 1951 in Galway, Ireland. He was educated at Gormanston College, Meath and later at Trinity College Dublin where he earned a PhD. in metaphysics. He spent 25 years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, Asia and South America. Ken Bruen's works include the well reeived White Trilogy and a book entitled The Guards, which won a Shamus Award .He also edited an anthology of stories set in Dublin entitled Dublin Noir. His writing speciality is crime fiction. Some of his other works include The Killing of the Tinkers, The Magdalen Martyrs, and The Dramatist and Priest, which was nominated for the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel. Ken Bruen is also the recipient of the first David Loeb Gooodis Award in 2008 for his dedication to his art.
Published December 18, 2012 by Road. 460 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Mar. 1)Forecast:This collection should get a lift from The Guards (Forecasts, Nov. 25), Bruen's first new crime novel to be published in the U.S. Expect another lift should the TV miniseries based on these three novels get here from the U.K.

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Reviewing the Evidence

This novel is billed as a trilogy, but it's really a three-part narrative.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Bruen's humour is quite black and I often found myself laughing out loud while simultaneously thinking 'I shouldn't be laughing at that, that's terrible.' The White Trilogy falls just short of being a knockout, but all those little punches have a cumulative effect and it's definitely a winner on ...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Co-dependent was another word for it.” Episodic police shows on TV have gotten us very used to the idea, or perception, that police officers work only one case at a time.

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Ken Bruen's THE WHITE TRILOGY is trio of short novels set in London and featuring assorted officers at a London nick.

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