By Ken Bruen
Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana--The Guards, Ireland's police force--and observing the realm throughout the smoky backside of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is caught in Galway with not anything to seem ahead to. In his sober moments Jack aspires to develop into Ireland's most sensible inner most investigator, let alone its first--Irish historical past, jam-packed with betrayal and espionage, discourages any occupation so heavily regarding informing. yet truthfully Jack is teetering close to his life's sharpest edges, his thoughts of the previous slicing deep into his soul and his customers for the longer term nonexistent.
Nonexistent, that's, until eventually a stunning girl walks into the bar with a wierd request and a rumor approximately Jack's expertise for locating issues. Odds are he can't climb off his barstool lengthy adequate to become involved together with his radiant new buyer, but if he surprises himself by means of getting employed, Jack has little concept of what he is getting into.
Stark, violent, sharp, and humorous, The Guards is an outstanding novel, person who leaves you surprised and breathless, flipping again to the start in a mad sprint to discover Jack Taylor and input his international yet again. it is an unforgettable tale that is gritty, soaking up, and saturated with the rough-edged rhythms of the Galway streets. Praised by way of authors and critics world wide, The Guards heralds the coming of an important new novelist in modern crime fiction.
The Guards is a 2004 Edgar Award Nominee for most sensible Novel.