WorldCat Identities

Bruen, Ken

Works: 163 works in 974 publications in 15 languages and 26,987 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Drama  Noir fiction  Gangster films  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Police films  Action and adventure 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 )

56 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 14 languages and held by 1,529 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 )

37 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,341 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
The killing of the tinkers by Ken Bruen( Book )

47 editions published between 1957 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,338 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 Guards, the Irish police, are reluctant to investigate
Priest by Ken Bruen( Book )

40 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,317 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
London Boulevard by Ken Bruen( Book )

35 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 1,187 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
Purgatory : a Jack Taylor novel by Ken Bruen( Book )

25 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 1,180 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 )

27 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,176 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
Sanctuary by Ken Bruen( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,163 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
The devil by Ken Bruen( Book )

31 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,101 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 )

36 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,056 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 )

34 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 994 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 )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and French and held by 884 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 )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 821 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 ghosts of Galway by Ken Bruen( Book )

12 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As well-versed in politics, pop culture, and crime fiction as he is ill-fated in life, Jack Taylor is recovering from a mistaken medical diagnosis and a failed suicide attempt. In need of money, and with former cop on his resume, Jack has been hired as a night-shift security guard. But his Ukrainian boss has Jack in mind for a bit of off-the-books work. He wants Jack to find what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, The Red Book, currently in the possession of a rogue priest who is hiding out in Galway after fleeing a position at the Vatican. Despite Jack's distaste for priests of any stripe, the money is too good to turn down. Em, the many-faced woman who has had a vise on Jack's heart and mind for the past two years, reappears and turns out to be entangled with the story of The Red Book, too, leading Jack down to ever more mysterious and lethal pathways. It seems all sides are angling for a piece of Jack Taylor, but as The Ghosts of Galway twists toward a violent end, he is increasingly plagued by ghosts--by the disposable and disposed of in a city filled with as much darkness as the deepest corners of Jack's own mind"--
The emerald lie by Ken Bruen( Book )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 765 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
American skin : a novel by Ken Bruen( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 608 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 565 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
Tower by Ken Bruen( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 546 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
Blitz, or, Brant hits the blues by Ken Bruen( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While Brant and Roberts suffer personal breakdowns, a serial killer aims for tabloid glory by killing cops
Inherit the dead by Mark Billingham( Recording )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 506 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
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The guards
Alternative Names
Bruen, Ken

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Кен Бруен

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CrossThe killing of the tinkersPriestLondon BoulevardHeadstoneSanctuaryThe devilThe Magdalen martyrs