By Ken Bruen
Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312341428, 288pp.
Publication Date: March 4, 2008
Jack Taylor brings death and pain to everyone he loves. His only hope of redemption - his surrogate son, Cody - is lying in the hospital in a coma. At least he still has Ridge, his old friend from the Guards, though theirs is an unorthodox relationship. When she tells him that a boy has been crucified in Galway city, he agrees to help her search for the killer.
Jack's investigations take him to many of his old haunts where he encounters ghosts, both dead and living. Everyone wants something from him, but Jack is not sure he has anything left to give. Maybe he should disappear--pocket his money and get the hell out of Galway like everyone else seems to be doing. But when the sister of the murdered boy is burned to death, Jack decides he must hunt down the killer, if only to administer his own brand of justice.
Praise for Priest:
“There’s music in his lament for the corruption of innocence and the loss of faith—in the government and the clergy—in ‘the new Ireland,’ even as he does battle with the demons that have claimed his own soul.”--The New York Times
“Bruen exploits the dark potential of the mystery form to its fullest….If a bottle of Bushmills could talk, it would sound like Jack Taylor.” --Washington Post Book World
“Spare and unforgiving, Bruen’s novels are among the best.”--Rocky Mountain News
“If your vision of Ireland still includes blarney and shamrocks, Ken Bruen is the writer to bring you up to date...Bruen is a wonderful writer."--Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"Bruen has established himself as a master of hard-boiled noir." --Miami Herald
"Priest again dazzles with the unique, staccato sarcasm of Jack Taylor." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A gripping story of guilt and redemption."--The Independent (UK)
"Bruen writes tight, urgent, powerful prose, his dialogue is harsh and authentic and Jack Taylor has become one of today's most interesting shamuses." --The Times