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Crime & mystery fiction


by Bruen, Ken

From the wry master of Irish noir, the latest novel featuring the vigilante antihero Jack Taylor, along with his lethal new sidekick Emily, a troublesomely lovable pup named Storm, and a serial killer with a singular fixation: bad grammar

Ken Bruen, the “Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel” (Irish Independent), is beloved for his black humor, verse-like prose, and irascible protagonist Jack Taylor, an ex-cop who is as addicted to trouble as he is to Jameson, pills, and pop culture.

In The Emerald Lie, the latest terror to be visited upon the dark Galway streets arrives in a most unusual form: an Eton and Cambridge graduate who becomes murderous over split infinitives, improper punctuation, and any other sign of bad grammar. Meanwhile, a grieving father with a pocketful of cash approaches Jack on offer if Jack will help exact revenge on those responsible for his daughter’s brutal rape and murder. Though hesitant to get involved, Jack agrees to get a read on the likely perpetrators—the daughter’s employers. But he is soon derailed by the reappearance of Emily (previous alias: Emerald), the chameleon-like young woman who joined forces with Jack to take down her pedophile father in Bruen’sGreen Helland who remains passionate, clever, and utterly homicidal. She is ready to use any sort of coercion to get Jack to conspire with her against the serial killer the Garda have nicknamed “the Grammarian,” but her most destructive obsession just might be Jack himself.

The Emerald Lieis a stylish, thoroughly entertaining novel that is not to be missed.

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Bruen remains on the mountaintop of contemporary Irish noir. Sprightly, elliptical prose is a plus

Review: Publishers Weekly

It’s simply not to be missed. That is all.

Review: Bookpage

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