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The Guards



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Author
Bruen, Ken
Descriptors
Alcoholism
Murder
Mystery
Police Corruption
Private Investigators
Relationships
Location/Setting:
Ireland
Time Period:
1980s
1990s
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Summary
Private detective Jack Taylor, fired from the Irish police force for punching a superior, spends most of his time on a barstool in Galway, waxing eloquently about books and music. When a beautiful woman asks him to investigate the supposed suicide of her daughter, he discovers, suspiciously, that more young woman have committed suicide at the same spot. Beatings, blackouts and a stint at a mental asylum follow.
Critique
Spare and poetic, Bruen’s writing is funny and original, with the focus less on plot than writing and character. This first of a 10 book series won the 2004 Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America and inspired a BBC television series.
ISBN
0312303556
  iBistro
# of Pages
288
Published
2003
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Reviewer's Initials: DO


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