When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, P.I. Jack Taylor tells himself that its got nothing to do with him. He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohols 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 doesnt know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks. And its about to become deeply personal.
Spiked with dark humor, and fueled with rage at mans inhumanity to man, this is crime writing at its darkest and most original.
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"In his seventh time out, Taylor isn't as compelling as he has been, or needs to be, to compensate for Bruen's pedestrian plotting. " - Kirkus Reviews
"Taylor confronts the unlikely killer in what is a less than convincing showdown." - Publishers Weekly
"Bruen's deft effort is recommended for all mystery collections." - Library Journal
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Ken Bruen was a finalist for the Edgar, Barry, and Macavity Awards, and the Private Eye Writers of America presented him with the Shamus Award for the Best Novel of 2003 for The Guards, the book that introduced Jack Taylor. He lives in Galway, Ireland.
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