Ken Bruen [b.1951] is one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades. Born in Galway, he spent twenty-five years traveling the world before he began writing in the mid 1990s. As an English teacher, Bruen worked in South Africa, Japan, and South America, where he once spent a short time in a Brazilian jail. He has two long-running series: one starring a disgraced former policeman named Jack Taylor, the other a London police detective named Inspector Brant.
Praised for their sharp insight into the darker side of today’s prosperous Ireland, Bruen’s novels are marked by grim atmosphere and clipped prose. Among the best known are his White Trilogy (1998-2000) and The Guards (2001), the Shamus award-winning first novel in the Jack Taylor series. The next Jack Taylor novel, Green Hell, will be released by Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic in July 2015.
Bruen continues to live and work in Galway.
PRAISE FOR KEN BRUEN AND THE JACK TAYLOR SERIES
“The things Jack witnesses these days . . . would cause a saint to go blind. And Jack, whose heroism is fueled by ‘plain old-fashioned rage, bile and bitterness,’ is no saint. Never was, never will be. Amen.” —New York Times Book Review, on Purgatory
“Bruen is an original, grimly hilarious and gloriously Irish.” —Washington Post, on The Guards
“Bruen’s books are known for their dark, brutal humor laced with a crisp dialogue . . . A favorite in Ireland and the U.K., Bruen is threatening to become a mass cult figure in the U.S. as well as a critical favorite.” —Atlantic, on Headstone
“A brilliant, lyrical, deeply moving writer. . . If you like Ian Rankin, Dennis Lehane, Pelecanos, and the like, Bruen is definitely a writer to reckon with.” —Denver Post, on The Guards
“Bruen’s voice is unmistakable: finely chiseled paragraphs that more closely resemble verse than prose . . . Bruen is among the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades.” —Los Angeles Review of Books, on Headstone
“Bruen’s writing is unique, quirky and as hard-boiled as they come.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer, on Headstone
“Grim and elegiac by turns, Bruen is a distinctive talent . . . a powerful, original and controversial presence.” —Guardian (UK), on Priest
“The series that defines Irish noir.” —BookPage, on Purgatory