BeschreibungStill stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana-The Guards, Ireland's police force-and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. In his sober moments Jack aspires to become Ireland's best private investigator, not to mention it's first-Irish history, full of betrayal and espionage, discourages any profession so closely related to informing. But in truth Jack is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future nonexistent. Nonexistent, that is, until a dazzling woman walks into the bar with a strange request and a rumor about Jack's talent for finding things. Odds are he won't be able to climb off his barstool long enough to get involved with his radiant new client, but when he surprises himself by getting hired, Jack has little idea of what he's getting into. Stark, violent, sharp, and funny, The Guards is an exceptional novel, one that leaves you stunned and breathless, flipping back to the beginning in a mad dash to find Jack Taylor and enter his world all over again. It's an unforgettable story that's gritty, absorbing, and saturated with the rough-edged rhythms of the Galway streets. Praised by authors and critics around the globe, The Guards heralds the arrival of an essential new novelist in contemporary crime fiction.
PortraitKen Bruen, 1951 im irischen Galway geboren, promovierte am Trinity College in Dublin über die "Metaphysik im urbanen Umfeld", unterrichtete Englisch in Singapur, Japan, Südamerika und Saudi-Arabien, arbeitete als Wachmann im World Trade Center, saß in Rio sechs Monate im Gefängnis und war ein halbes Jahr lang mit einer griechischen Millionärstochter verheiratet. Seine mehr als dreißig Romane sind in über sechs Sprachen übersetzt worden.
Untertitel: 'St. Martin's Press'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Macmillan USA
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2004
Seitenanzahl: 291 Seiten