by Ken Bruen
Ireland, awash in cash and greed, no longer turns to the Church for solace or comfort.
But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church horrifies even the most jaded citizen.
Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation.
But a new job offers a fresh start, and an unexpected partnership makes him hope that his one desperate vision - of family - might yet be fulfilled.
An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and an unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies.
The spectre of a child haunts every waking moment. Bleak, unsettling and totally original, Ken Bruen's writing captures the brooding landscape of Irish society at a time of social and economic upheaval.
Here is evidence of an unmistakeable literary talent.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/04/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780552153430
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Review by AHS-Wolfy
This book is number five in the Jack Taylor series and the brutal ending of the previous instalment means the start of this one finds him in a mental asylum. Some words from a fellow inmate manage to penetrate the fog that his life has become and a shred of sanity manages to make an appearance in Jack's life once again. Returning to Galway he finds that almost everything has changed, not just locally but on a national scale. Not back long, Jack is surprised when he is asked for a favour by Father Malachy, one time companion to Jack's mother and certainly no friend to him. Another priest was recently killed, beheaded in his own confessional, and Father Malachy wants Jack to look into things. Rumours abound that the dead priest was involved in the sexual abuse of young boys and this provides Jack with the starting point of his investigation.As usual with this series there are a number of side issues that go along with the main quest and this time around Jack is also helping out Ridge, his lesbian Garda acquaintance, as she seems to have picked up a stalker. There's also young Cody who manages to insinuate himself as a new apprentice despite Jack's initial misgivings. Then there are also the previous events in Jack's life that have to be dealt with and the fallout that entails as well as the day-to-day struggle that is the everyday life of Jack Taylor.Another wonderful entry into a magnificent series and though the ending is predictable there really could have been no other.