By Ken Bruen
Minotaur Books, Paperback, 9780312604585, 281pp.
Publication Date: November 8, 2011
America the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons: but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry. Disappointed and bitter, he thinks that an encounter with an overly friendly stranger in an airport bar is the least of his problems. Except that this stranger seems to know much more than he should about Jack. Jack thinks no more of their meeting and resumes his old life in Galway.
But when he's called to investigate a student murder connected to an elusive Mr. K he remembers the man from the airport. Is the stranger really who he says he is? With the help of the Jameson, Jack struggles to make sense of it all. After several more murders and too many coincidental encounters, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis. But why has he been chosen? And could he really have taken on the devil himself?
Suspenseful, haunting, and totally unique, "The Devil" is Bruen at his very best.
“Between all the Xanax popping and Jameson swilling, Bruen keeps Jack and his adventures as mordantly funny as ever.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Aficionados of Jack’s mental howls of rage and despair shouldn’t themselves despair: The Devil is anything but cheerful. It will go down nicely with a large Jameson.” —Booklist