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Ken Bruen, Gerard Doyle (Read by)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/4/2013)
Paperback (11/1/2014)
MP3 CD (11/5/2013)
Compact Disc (11/5/2013)
Hardcover (11/4/2013)


Jack Taylor thinks he has a chance at last to rest and heal from the myriad mental and physical traumas that beset him. However, after a skateboarder long suspected of dealing drugs to children is shot dead in mid-air during a public performance, Jack receives a crytic message with a picture of the skateboarder, a clipping about a rapist gone free through procedural error, and a chilling invitation: “Your turn.” The note is signed simply “C 33.”

From the author considered “among the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades” (Los Angeles Times Book Review) comes a mystery as labyrinthine as any Jack has yet encountered—and perhaps even more deadly. Purgatory is Ken Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.

Praise For Purgatory

“Bruen maintains his trademark hip references and highly poetic style, but fans expecting the usual are in for some shock therapy, as he busts out one series-changing surprise after another.”
      —Publishers Weekly [HC starred review]

“Voiced by the always-impressive Gerard Doyle, Jack’s first-person musings are dark and curtly lyrical. With literary quotations prefacing each chapter, and the terse dialogue that typifies Jack’s interactions with friends and enemies alike, listeners must follow closely in order not to lose track of the narrative. Thankfully, Doyle’s narration makes any other option impossible. His mellifluous brogue conveys subtle humor and imparts a lighter note to Jack’s brooding cogitations.”

“Bruen’s dazzling Irish storytelling voice has its roots in the descriptive wit of Robert Parker and the lowlife dialogue of George V. Higgins. In Purgatory, Ken Bruen brings his A game.”
      —Shelf Awareness [HC starred review]

“Another fine installment in the series that defines Irish noir.”

“No matter how black Bruen paints it, there is also an unabashed celebration of life here. To read these books is to fly.”
      —Mystery Scene

Mysterious Press-HighBridge Audio, 9781622312160, 345pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

About the Author

KEN BRUEN received a PhD in metaphysics; taught English in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia, and South America; andthen became a crime novelist. His novels have been nominated for many awards, including two Edgars.