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Review - Ghosts of Galway
I found my way to the Irish noir of Ken Bruen thanks to the FOGG, Terry Cronin.

What up doc?

I had read some of Bruen's hybrid crime fiction on the Hard Case label, but never any of his truly Irish stuff.

The White Trilogy was eye opening.

What had not done was read any of his Jack Taylor novels.

No, I don't know why.

That changed when I dove head first into Ghosts of Galway.

Taylor is a disgraced former cop who has issues with alcohol, drugs, Catholicism and authority.

And, of course, women.

In Ghosts of Galway, Taylor is tasked to find what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, The Red Book, currently in the possession of a rogue priest who is hiding out in Galway after fleeing a position at the Vatican.

Mix in a deranged ex and Taylor is up to his rheumy eyes in trouble.

This book is a must read for fans of Breun and/or the genre.

The story is bloody and brutal.  The prose is taut.

The whole affair is grim, but in the best possible way.

Does that make any sense?

Taylor is a lost soul in a city full of ghosts.  He wrestles with those ghosts nearly as much as he wrestles with the death and mayhem that seem to follow him around Galway.

My only complaint was that the book was so well written I didn't want to put it down and I was legitimately unhappy when I finished it.  Strong modern noir is always a fun find.  This one is an instant classic.

I'm going to have to double back and see how Taylor got to Ghosts of Galway.  That's going to make for a fun/awful summer.

Ghosts of Galway is available now wherever you buy your books.

I can't recommend this one highly enough.

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