Ú Purgatory (Jack Taylor, #10) ¾ Download by ↠´ Ken Bruen Hate reading books where the writer spends energy on style than storytelling Then read reviews of how clever he was Faithful readers of this series know that a new entry into the life and times of Galwegian PI Jack Taylor can be a dubious affair, especially as later entries settled into a predictable albiet offbeat formula Some kind of crazy starts offing the good people of Galway but Jack s not interested Jack s two allies a lesbian police officer and a former drug dealer turned Zen master feel compelled to stop the killer but Jack s not interested What Jack is interested in is drinking and drugs, or not drinking and no drugs, resenting his long dead mom, reading crime novels, watching Breaking Bad, feeling sorry for himself, bemoaning the loss of moral order in a modern world and occasionally getting laid with a mentally unstable American Taylor will be guilted into small jobs for no pay by the Church while still swearing non involvement in whatever is passing as a main plotline Eventually, random chance or tragedy will force Taylor to confront the antagonist in some, often violent, fashion And by book s end Jack Taylor is as miserable as he was on page one But you don t read Ken Bruen for his well oiled plots There s a beat poetical style to his throwaway one paragraph sentences and sentence fragments But Bruen is not a consistent nor subtle writer, so aspects of his plots and characters can take on overly cartoonish casts This clashes against the grace notes of melancholy that Bruen can still occasionally hit when relaying the thoughts of Jack Taylor and his many woes.
This is a stronger entry than the last few, featuring some serious hits to Taylor s dwindling social circle While a hip, Americanese speaking billionare buys up Galway, a deranged killer who dubs their gender neutral self C33 goes about killing bad people and sending Jack and his friends taunting letters These two characters fuel what plot their is and make for some interesting interactions between the gracelessly aging Taylor and the representatives of New Ireland Bruen portrays his hero as the eternally hopeless loser, in often interesting ways, but the past five novels have all resembled one another a little too much Maybe what this series needs is an entry with a focused Jack Taylor investigating a mystery but in Bruen s bleak view of the world and human nature, that may never happen.
5 stars Ken Bruen, being a personal favourite of mine, would mean that I could wax lyrical for hours about Purgatory, the tenth outing for Jack Taylor, a man destined for melancholy punctuated by acts of random violence I could draw attention to the pitch perfect characterisation of Jack, with his regular mounting and dismounting of the wagon of physical pleasures, the booze and the fags, and his less than harmonious forays into the pleasures of the flesh Always the wrong woman Jack I could highlight the intrinsic morality buried deep in his soul, that manifests itself at times in observations of an almost lyrical beauty and his steadfast engagement with books, culture and current events that Bruen effortlessly weaves into the plot At the same time it would be foolish to ignore the dark side of our erstwhile hero though, and the black places he inhabits mentally, and gets taken to, in the demands of this case all beautifully rendered by the sparsity yet richness of Bruen s language which ebbs and flows with laconic perfection throughout Jack s travails I could mention the twisted, yet ultimately affectionate, relationship between Jack and his native Galway, as the seedier aspects of this community and those that wish to exploit it, come to bear in this tale of avarice and murder Or I could keep it simple in a homage to Jack himself with his honest, sweary nature and gravitation to the simple pronouncement Purgatory Feckin great.
Jack Taylor, an alcoholic ex Guarda who does favors for his assorted friends and acquaintances drifts along here, while this 10th book in an otherwise excellent series, fades away like Galway sunshine I have no problem with author Ken Bruen s style of using one word paragraphs or sub referencing everything from TV s Breaking Bad to quoting Oscar Wilde and every other source he could find, but not at the expense of the plot structure in this sluggish, bleak slice of Irish noir I get it, Ken Bruen s a smart guy but I had a justifiable expectation of Jack executing his unique brand of vigilante justice on the serial killer C33 thus satisfying my American desire for fictional justice I just hope Jack Taylor does not board the bus for an un magical mystery tour with Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch He s much too dynamic a character and so were they.
Jack Taylor is one of the most original characters in fiction He is an ex guard, a crusty and dark and cynical individual, a good friend to a few, bad news to those who cross him or the ones he loves, he loves to read and a friend keeps his apartment stocked with novels Though he once had every bad habit known to man, in this novel he has quit drinking his beloved Jameson s, in fact he has quit drinking period, he has quit smoking and other bad habits that threatened to shorten his life He has quit taking cases, but of course, someone close to him gets him involved Fate has other plans for him Not everyone will like Bruen s staccato style of writing, his witty observations and one liners, his irreverence but those of us who do hope this author keeps writing these novels for a long time In fact I liked one of his lines so much I just have to repeat it, Jack Taylor is a recovering Catholic She laughed, Jesus wept.
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I ve been a fan of this series for years, although sometimes I have to ask myself why that is It s been over a year since the last Jack Taylor book I read and I should have remembered to go into it guarding myself from the one two punch I was truly pummeled than once this go around.
I don t think I ve ever read a tortured, self destructive protagonist, ever This guy is bitter, angry, ferociously violent, and he has no compunctions about killing or maiming, just as long as one is rightly deserving of it And then he ll stop into the nearest church to light candles for his dead And slip 50 Euros to every homeless person he encounters This is Jack Taylor Boozer User Demons and all I end up crying a little for him every time although he would surely tell me to fuck off with my pity Ken Bruen s writing is very sparse, almost poetic and I sometimes find it challenging to interpret let s just say I m no English major It does make me a conscientious reader since I have to pay close attention to each line read one of these books and you ll know what I mean This is not necessarily the best Taylor book but I m giving it 3.
5 stars because it really yanked me in and hung me out to dry I don t require a happy ending as long as a book sufficiently moves me, and this one did Someday I hope that we will have the answer to the question is Jack Taylor redeemable Ah Ken Bruenwhat the hell are you doing with my beloved Jack Taylor Seriously Bruen writes poetry Simple truth The words he writes just flow across and down the pages so smoothly Vicious, harsh wordsblended with the nuances of what it s like to be Jack Taylorman with a thousand demons in his soul I couldn t read fast enough, couldn t be shocked often enough AhKen Bruennever stop
While Jack must unravel who this demented killer is, he is also brought into the fold of an enigmatic tech billionaire who has been buying up massive amounts of property in Galway, seemingly in the hopes of offering this downtrodden city a better future Yet if Jack has learned one thing living in Ireland, it s that people who outwardly claim to be on the side of righteousness are likely harboring far nefarious motives beneath the surface.
With the help of his friends, former dealer turned zen master Stewart and dogged police sergeant Ridge, Jack is determined to track down C 33, even if it jeopardizing his livelihood, his friends, and even the remaining shreds of his own sanity C 33 is Bruen at his best lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.
Recovering From The Severe Mental And Physical Wounds Inflicted From His Recent Past, Jack Taylor Has Finally Found A Modicum Of Peace He Has Managed To Kick The Myriad Substances That Have Had A Stranglehold Over His Painful Life Yet This Fragile Existence Is Threatened When A Vigilante Killer Begins Targeting The Scum Of Galway, Signing Mysterious Notes With The Moniker C The Killer Addresses These Cryptic Letters To Jack, Trying To Goad The Former Cop Into Joining The Murderous Spree And To Help Cleanse GalwayWhile Jack Must Unravel Who This Demented Killer Is, He Is Also Brought Into The Fold Of An Enigmatic Tech Billionaire Who Has Been Buying Up Massive Amounts Of Property In Galway, Seemingly In The Hopes Of Offering This Downtrodden City A Better Future Yet If Jack Has Learned One Thing Living In Ireland, It S That People Who Outwardly Claim To Be On The Side Of Righteousness Are Likely Harboring Far Nefarious Motives Beneath The SurfaceWith The Help Of His Friends, Former Dealer Turned Zen Master Stewart And Dogged Police Sergeant Ridge, Jack Is Determined To Track Down C , Even If It Jeopardizing His Livelihood, His Friends, And Even The Remaining Shreds Of His Own Sanity C Is Bruen At His Best Lyrical, Brutal, And Ceaselessly Suspenseful