Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice

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The author of Blitz and the Jack Taylor novels delivers a “fast-paced, tough and explosive” tale of a killer couple (The Irish Times).
 
Cooper likes Ed McBain novels, action movies, and robbing banks. Released from prison, he’s back on the outside, and in business with another former con. They call themselves “Righteous Repo.” It’s so legit they even have an accountant. It’s decent work, but not as lucrative as the bank jobs they still pull on the side. Not as stimulating, either. But nothing gets Cooper’s blood pumping faster than Cassie—an easy, all-American beauty with a bent for metaphysics, Irish poets, and taking risks.
 
Cassie’s also a professional shoplifter, slumming at a low-end South London shop when Cooper first lays eyes on her. After a single hookup comes the catch: Now that Cooper’s had her, he’s not allowed to touch another woman. He thinks she’s quite a joker until he wakes up and finds Cassie’s note. She drugged him, stole his pistol and his cash, and left him with another warning: She’s not through with him. Not by a long shot. Only death will keep her away, so death it must be. Cooper and Cassie are made for each other.
 
From the award-winning author of the Jack Taylor novels, Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice delivers “pulp with an A level” (The Guardian), once again confirming Bruen as “the crime novelist to read” (George Pelacanos).
 
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About the author

Ken Bruen (b. 1951) is one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades. Born in Galway, he spent twenty-five years traveling the world before he began writing in the mid 1990s. As an English teacher, Bruen worked in South Africa, Japan, and South America, where he once spent a short time in a Brazilian jail. He has two long-running series: one starring a disgraced former policeman named Jack Taylor, the other a London police detective named Inspector Brant. Praised for their sharp insight into the darker side of today’s prosperous Ireland, Bruen’s novels are marked by grim atmosphere and clipped prose. Among the best known are his White Trilogy (1998–2000) and The Guards (2001), the Shamus award-winning first novel in the Jack Taylor series. Along with his wife and daughter, Bruen continues to live and work in Galway.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Oct 4, 2011
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Pages
124
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ISBN
9781453228265
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Síochána—the Guards, Ireland's police force—and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. In his sober moments Jack aspires to become Ireland's best private investigator, not to mention its first—Irish history, full of betrayal and espionage, discourages any profession so closely related to informing. But in truth Jack is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future nonexistent.

Nonexistent, that is, until a dazzling woman walks into the bar with a strange request and a rumor about Jack's talent for finding things. Odds are he won't be able to climb off his barstool long enough to get involved with his radiant new client, but when he surprises himself by getting hired, Jack has little idea of what he's getting into.

Stark, violent, sharp, and funny, The Guards is an exceptional novel, one that leaves you stunned and breathless, flipping back to the beginning in a mad dash to find Jack Taylor and enter his world all over again. It's an unforgettable story that's gritty, absorbing, and saturated with the rough-edged rhythms of the Galway streets. Praised by authors and critics around the globe, The Guards heralds the arrival of an essential new novelist in contemporary crime fiction.

Ken Bruen's The Guards is a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel.

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