The Ghosts of Galway
Ex-cop Jack Taylor, with all his rogue poetic charm and Jameson-fueled riffs on pop culture, is one of the most iconic characters in crime fiction. This series has a devoted readership, with fans including critics like Adam Woog (Seattle Times) and David J. Montgomery (Strand Magazine).
In 2016, Ken Bruen was awarded the iBAM! (Irish Books, Arts, and Music) Literature Award, presented in Chicago. His most recent book, The Emerald Lie, received a rave from Marilyn Stasio at the New York Times Book Review: “Nobody writes like Ken Bruen.”
The Ghosts of Galway brings the storyline of the charismatically destructive and chameleon-like young woman first introduced in Green Hell, Emily (a.k.a. Em, Emerald), to an explosive climax. The novel compellingly plays on the dark side of religion—a favorite motif of Bruen’s work.
The first Jack Taylor novel, The Guards, Bookscans over 17,000 in paperback, was shortlisted for the Edgar, Barry, and Macavity awards, and won the Shamus Award for Best Novel. The fifth book, Priest, was also a finalist for the Edgar and Barry awards.
The Jack Taylor series has been adapted for TV, in a 9-part series starring Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) and which is available on Netflix. Two Bruen novels have also been made into feature films: London Boulevard (starring Colin Farrell) and Blitz (starring Jason Statham).