Sanctuary (Paperback)

By Ken Bruen

Minotaur Books, 9780312610920, 208pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2010



When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, P.I. Jack Taylor tells himself that it’s got nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohol’s siren song is calling to him ever more insistently.

A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances. But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost. What he doesn’t know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks. And that it’s about to become deeply personal.

Spiked with dark humor, and fueled with rage at man’s inhumanity to man, this is crime writing at its darkest and most original.

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 has been an English teacher in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South America. He lives in Galway, Ireland.

Praise For Sanctuary

“Irish author Ken Bruen is the dark poet of contemporary noir, crafting crime stories filled with pain and loss, rendered in prose that is simultaneously haunting and beautiful. Sanctuary, Bruen’s latest exploration of private eye Jack Taylor’s troubled life, is another fine effort.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Filled with cliffhangers to drive you toward each new chapter and the dramatic climax. . . . Bruen has earned his stripes as a crime writer heading to the big leagues.” —Irish Voice

Sanctuary, like the previous Taylor novels, is pure noir, the characters ranging from evil to defeated, the atmosphere gloomy to the point of despair, the writing as sharp as a razor slicing a windpipe. . . . The result is a remarkable book that is at once as American as James M. Cain and as Irish as a shot of Jameson’s. Once again, Ken Bruen has borrowed the noir style, changed it around, and given it back to us as something fresh and new.” —Associated Press