WorldCat Identities

Bruen, Ken

Overview
Works: 153 works in 888 publications in 15 languages and 26,388 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Suspense fiction  Drama  Noir fiction  History  Gangster films  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Police films 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PR6052.R785, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Ken Bruen
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Most widely held works by Ken Bruen
The guards by Ken Bruen( Book )

55 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 14 languages and held by 1,509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stuck in a rut after his dismissal from the Irish police force and still grieving over the death of his father, Jack Taylor finds renewal when an intriguing woman hires him based on his rumored talent for finding things
Cross by Ken Bruen( Book )

33 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his surrogate son, Cody, in a hospital in a coma, a troubled Jack Taylor takes the opportunity to assist Ridge, his old friend from the guards, with a horrific case involving the crucifixion slaying of a boy in Galway
Priest by Ken Bruen( Book )

35 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clean and sober now that his dealer is in jail, Jack Taylor is stunned when the imprisoned man asks him to investigate the mysterious death of his sister, and becomes caught up in a scheme with deadly consequences for all concerned
The killing of the tinkers by Ken Bruen( Book )

43 editions published between 1957 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Back in Galway and back to his old drinking habits, Jack Taylor agrees to assist a gypsy in an investigation into the deaths of a number of members of the gypsy clan, deaths that the Guarda, the Irish police, are reluctant to investigate
London Boulevard by Ken Bruen( Book )

32 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ex-convict hoping to steer clear of the lowlife from his past is forced to act when his disturbed sister is threatened
Sanctuary by Ken Bruen( Book )

30 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, but when a child is added to the list Taylor doesn't hesitate to find the identity of the killer, and stop the killer at any cost. What he doesn't know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks
Purgatory : a Jack Taylor novel by Ken Bruen( Book )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juggling a precarious balance between his physical and addiction recovery efforts, former cop Jack Taylor investigates the work of a vigilante killer who has been sending him cryptic invitations to join him, an effort that jeopardizes Taylor's livelihood, friends and mental health
Headstone by Ken Bruen( Book )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galway private investigator Jack Taylor confronts an evil coterie named Headstone, who have committed a series of random, insane, violent crimes in Galway, Ireland
The devil by Ken Bruen( Book )

26 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PI Jack Taylor is called to investigate a student murder--connected to an elusive Mr. K whom he remembers meeting at an airport. After several more murders and too many coincidental encounters, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis
The Magdalen martyrs by Ken Bruen( Book )

32 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Struggling to remain sober and overcome a debt to a local thug, Jack Taylor accepts a job tracking down a woman who once befriended the thug's mother, an assignment that proves increasingly challenging and dangerous
The dramatist by Ken Bruen( Book )

30 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clean and sober now that his dealer is in jail, Jack Taylor is stunned when the imprisoned man asks him to investigate the mysterious death of his sister, and becomes caught up in a scheme with deadly consequences for all concerned
Once were cops by Ken Bruen( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and French and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as The Guards. He's also a sociopath who walks a knife edge between sanity and all-out mayhem. When an exchange program is initiated and twenty Guards come to America and twenty cops from the States go to Ireland, Shay, as he's known, has his lifelong dream come true--he becomes a member of the NYPD. But Shay's dream is about to become New York's nightmare
Green hell : a Jack Taylor novel by Ken Bruen( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the new novel Green Hell, Bruen's dark angel of a protagonist has again hit rock bottom: one of his best friends is dead, the other has stopped speaking to him; he has given up battling his addiction to alcohol and pills; and his firing from the Irish national police, the Guards, is ancient history. But Jack isn't about to embark on a self-improvement plan. Instead, he has taken up a vigilante case against a respected professor of literature at the University of Galway who has a violent habit his friends in high places are only too happy to ignore. And when Jack rescues a preppy American student on a Rhodes Scholarship from a couple of kid thugs, he also unexpectedly gains a new sidekick, who abandons his thesis on Beckett to write a biography of Galway's most magnetic rogue."--
The emerald lie by Ken Bruen( Book )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ex-cop Jack Taylor must investigate a serial killer who is murdering Galway residents guilty of using bad grammar. At the same time, a grieving father has hired Jack to exact revenge on those responsible for his daughter's rape and murder
Blitz, or, Brant hits the blues by Ken Bruen( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While Brant and Roberts suffer personal breakdowns, a serial killer aims for tabloid glory by killing cops
American skin : a novel by Ken Bruen( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Blake is a good man blown in bad directions. He and girlfriend Siobhan, best friend Tommy, IRA terrorist Stapleton, and a particularly American sort of psychopath named Dade, are all on a collision course somewhere on the road between the dive bars of New York, and the pitiless desert of the Southwest
Calibre by Ken Bruen( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and French and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Southeast London Police Squad is plagued by a serial murderer who's determined to give his victims a lesson in manners. The "Manners Killer" believes that anyone who behaves rudely in public (e.g., verbally abuses a store clerk, slaps a child) is fair game. He soon finds that he's no match for Brant, Bruen's amoral, sociopathic brute of a detective. While his methods may be questionable, Brant gets results, and we find ourselves secretly cheering him on. Meanwhile, Brant is writing his first crime novel, Calibre, and aspires to become the English Joseph Wambaugh. Of course, he doesn't let the fact that he can't write deter him; Brant just nicks the stories from his cop buddy Porter Nash
Inherit the dead by Mark Billingham( Recording )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pericles 'Perry' Christo is a P.I. with a past. A one-time NYPD homicide cop, Perry has been struggling since he lost his badge, and his marriage, in a notorious corruption scandal. So when wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla calls him one cold February night, he jumps at the chance to work what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case
Ammunition by Ken Bruen( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and French and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the many years that Inspector Brant has been bringing his own patented brand of policing to the streets of southeast London, the brilliant but tough cop has made a few enemies. So when a crazed gunman, hired by persons unknown, pumps a magazine full of bullets into Brant in a local pub, leaving him in grasping at life (but ornery as ever), his colleagues on the squad are left wondering how to react. Brant's old partner Inspector Roberts, the man who may know him best, finds himself wondering why someone didn't shoot the hateful detective years ago. The answer, as they're all about to find out, is quite simple: if you come after Brant you'd damn well better kill him the first time-because if you don't, you won't want to stick around to find out what happens next"--Publisher website (November 2007)
Tower by Ken Bruen( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born into a rough Brooklyn neighborhood, outsiders in their own families, Nick and Todd forge a lifelong bond that persists in the face of crushing loss, blood, and betrayal. Low-level wiseguys with little ambition and even less of a future, the friends become major players in the potential destruction of an international crime syndicate that stretches from the cargo area at Kennedy Airport to the streets of New York, Belfast, and Boston to the alleyways of Mexican border towns. Their paths are littered with the bodies of undercover cops, snitches, lovers, and stone-cold killers ..."--Front cover flap
 
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The guards
Alternative Names
Bruen, Ken

Ken Bruen écrivain irlandais

Ken Bruen escritor irlandés

Ken Bruen irischer Schriftsteller

Ken Bruen irländsk författare

Ken Bruen irsk skribent

Ken Bruen schrijver uit Ierland

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Кен Бруен

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קן ברואן

קן ברואן סופר אירי

브루엔, 켄 1951-

ケン・ブルーウン

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ブルーエン, ケン

肯·布魯恩

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CrossPriestThe killing of the tinkersLondon BoulevardSanctuaryHeadstoneThe devilThe Magdalen martyrs