Thursday, December 12, 2013


Predators. Fans of noir crime fiction are those readers most likely to enjoy Ken Bruen’s novel, Purgatory, the tenth of his books to feature protagonist Jack Taylor. Galway has two predators with whom Taylor needs to engage. There’s a serial killer taunting Jack as that person delivers vigilante justice to individuals the system failed to punish for misdeeds. Then there’s Reardon, an expat American billionaire buying up all the Galway depressed property he can acquire. Bruen’s great selection of language provides a lot of reading pleasure. The Oscar Wilde motif was a special gift to readers. Taylor is a complex character, developed well over the course of many novels, but first-time readers can savor his complexity when reading this novel on its own. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Purgatory from

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