By Ken Bruen

Mysterious Press, Hardcover, 9780802126009, 269pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2011


Acclaimed Irish crime writer Ken Bruen has won numerous awards for his hard-charging, dark thrillers, which have been translated into ten languages. In Headstone, an elderly priest is nearly beaten to death and a special-needs boy is brutally attacked. Evil has many guises and Jack Taylor has encountered most of them. But nothing before has ever truly terrified him until he confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland.

Most would see a headstone as a marker of the dead, but this organization seems like it will act as a death knell to every aspect of Jack’s life. Jack’s usual allies, Ridge and Stewart, are also in the line of terror. An act of appalling violence alerts them to the sleeping horror, but this realization may be too late, as Headstone barrels along its deadly path right to the center of Jack’s life and the heart of Galway. A terrific read from a writer called a Celtic Dashiell Hammett,” Headstone is an excellent addition to the Jack Taylor series (Philadelphia Inquirer)

About the Author
Ken Bruen has been a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony Awards, and has won a Macavity Award, a Barry Award, and two Shamus Awards for the Jack Taylor series. He is also the author of the Inspector Brant series. Several of Bruen's novels have been adapted for the screen: The first six Jack Taylor novels were adapted into a television series starring Iain Glen; "Blitz" was adapted into a movie starring Jason Statham; and "London Boulevard" was adapted into a film starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. Bruen lives in Galway, Ireland.

Praise For Headstone

Praise for Headstone

Hard hitting… a remarkable series.” Publishers Weekly

Headstone is an excellent addition to the Jack Taylor series.” Philadelphia Inquirer

Ken Bruen is brilliant. While HEADSTONE is the stuff of nightmares, it is also the stuff of redemption, even at great cost. You will feel wrung out after reading this one, but all the gladder for it.” Bookreporter

Headstone is one of the year's best reading pleasures.” David J. Montgomery, Crime Fiction Dossier

Bruen is threatening to become a mass cult figure in the U.S. as well as a critical favorite.” Allen Barra, The Atlantic

A nonstop rampage of intrigue, mayhem, lunacy and dark-dark-dark humor.” Shelf Awareness

A welcome entry. B+.” Avid Mystery Reader