Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312341404, 304pp.
Publication Date: March 6, 2007
Ireland, awash with cash and greed, no longer turns to the Church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway confessional horrifies even the most jaded citizen.
Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job offers a fresh start, and an unexpected partnership provides hope that his one desperate vision--of family--might yet be fulfilled.
An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies. The specter of a child haunts every waking moment.
Explosive, unsettling and totally original, Ken Bruen's writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval. Here is evidence of an unmistakable literary talent.
Ken Bruen has been a finalist for the Edgar, Anthony, and Barry Awards, and has won a Macavity Award and a Shamus Award for the Jack Taylor series. He lives in Galway, Ireland.
Praise for The Dramatist:
"Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue and bleak noir sensibility…[Bruen] writes with extraordinary delicacy about a man driven to acts of violence out of wild grief and fierce sense of guilt."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"[Bruen's] Jack Taylor series is Grade-A Galway Noir…Bruen provides an insightful tour of a fast-changing Ireland." --Richard Lipez, The Washington Post
"A depressing yet satisfying story." --Gilbert Cruz, Entertainment Weekly
"Bruen's tommy-gun prose, lacerating dialogue and hard-boiled world view combine here, as before, to provide entertainment of high order in dealing with low instincts. Forget all gauzy notions of the Emerald Isle--this stuff is black Irish." --Ron Givens, New York Daily News
"Bruen's books are always well worth the effort."--Harper Barnes, The St. Louis Post Dispatch