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Mysterious Press
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5.7 X 1.2 X 8.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Ken Bruen received a doctorate in metaphysics, taught English in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia and South America, then became a crime novelist. His novels, including nine previous Jack Taylor books, have been nominated for many awards, two Edgars.


Praise for Purgatory

"The things Jack witnesses these days . . . would cause a saint to go blind. And Jack, whose heroism is fueled by 'plain old-fashioned rage, bile and bitterness, ' is no saint. Never was, never will be. Amen."--New York Times Book Review

"Excellent. . . . Bruen maintains his trademark hip references and highly poetic style, but fans expecting the usual are in for some shock therapy, as he busts out one series-changing surprise after another."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Bruen's storytelling style, a stream-of-consciousness mix of prose and verse, strips away Galway's tourist-board façade and offers a darkly comic social commentary. . . . Noir fans will find what they love here."--Booklist (starred review)

"Bruen is an Irish treasure, holding his own in a line of literary giants including Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Beckett. . . . Purgatory may be the best of the Jack Taylor series."--Shelf Awareness

"Another fine installment in the series that defines Irish noir."--BookPage

"There's an explosion of talent coming out of Ireland in the detective genre right now, and Bruen is a major player in that scene . . . Full of mayhem, Galway lore, and deft literary allusions, as befits an author with a PhD in metaphysics. Bruen's staccato, telegraphic style sometimes looks like poetry on the page, but don't be fooled; his rhetorical moves are closer to the sweet science of the boxing ring than they are to the song forms of verse."--Santa Barbara Independent

"Strangely poetic. Bruen uses the automatic weapon's staccato burst writing style, lacing it with current event allusions."--Huntington News

"One of the most sublime pleasures in crime fiction is reading a new book by Ken Bruen. For almost twenty years now, he's been delighting mystery and noir audiences with his stunning, poetic books of the shadowy side of life. . . . Purgatory is one of the darkest books yet. . . . This is real writing, the likes of which we are blessed to behold."--Strand Magazine

"Gleefully profane and joyfully blasphemous, the prose in Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor books is so unapologetically lyrical and right that it fooking hurts. . . . No matter how black Bruen paints it, there is also an unabashed celebration of life here. To read these books is to fly."--Mystery Scene

"Bruen is as quietly unflinching and honest an author as you are likely to encounter. . . . Everybody should read Purgatory and every other word he has ever written."--Bookreporter.com

"The Taylor books are the pinnacle of Bruen's offhand but bleakly poetic style. . . . Bruen and Taylor are very much of this moment, in terms of popular culture, crime fiction, Irish history, and global politics."--International Noir Fiction

"[Purgatory] well-captures the flavor of the time."--Criminal Element

"Entertaining."--Avid Mystery Reader

"Bruen has some important things to say about contemporary Ireland, if not the world in general. . . . [Purgatory] is also very funny, with more than its share of serious observations and, as one would expect, dark moments."--Woody Haut

Praise for Ken Bruen

"Ken Bruen is an exceptional writer. . . . [He] writes some of the darkest, leanest prose you'll ever encounter."--Hilary Davidson, Dark Voyage

"Ken Bruen might be the best-kept literary secret in Ireland."--The Independent (Ireland)

"[Bruen's] fast-paced and hard-boiled action novels will appeal to those looking for gripping crime fiction."--News-Press