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Recovering from the severe mental and physical wounds inflicted from his recent past, former cop Jack Taylor has finally found a modicum of peace. He has managed to kick the myriad substances that have had a stranglehold over his painful life, however tenuously. Yet this fragile existence is threatened when a vigilante killer begins targeting the scum of Galway, signing mysterious notes with the moniker 'C 33'. The killer addresses these cryptic letters to Jack, trying to goad him into joining the murderous spree.
While Jack tries to unravel the mystery and motives of this demented killer, he is also brought into the fold of an enigmatic tech billionaire who has been buying up massive amounts of property in Galway, seemingly in the hopes of offering this downtrodden city a better future. Yet if Jack has learned one thing living in Ireland, it's that people who outwardly claim to be on the side of righteousness are likely harboring far more nefarious motives beneath the surface.
With the help of his friends, former drug dealer-turned-zen master Stewart and dogged police sergeant Ridge, Jack is determined to track down C 33, even if it jeopardizes his livelihood, his friends, and the remaining shreds of his sanity. C 33 is Bruen at his best: lyrical, brutal, and ceaselessly suspenseful.
“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
“Excellent. . . . Bruen maintains his trademark hip references and highly poetic style, but fans expecting the usual are in for some shock therapy, as he busts out one series-changing surprise after another.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Bruen’s storytelling style, a stream-of-consciousness mix of prose and verse, strips away Galway’s tourist-board façade and offers a darkly comic social commentary. . . . Noir fans will find what they love here.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Bruen is an Irish treasure, holding his own in a line of literary giants including Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Beckett. . . . Purgatory may be the best of the Jack Taylor series.” —Shelf Awareness
“Another fine installment in the series that defines Irish noir.” —BookPage
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ken Bruen received a doctorate in metaphysics, taught English in Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia and South America, then became a crime novelist. His novels, including nine previous Jack Taylor books, have been nominated for many awards, two Edgars.
- Publisher: Mysterious Press
- Hardcover: 272
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9780802126078