Purgatory

Purgatory

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780802126078
0802126073
Branch Call Number: FIC Bruen
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 22 cm. --

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lukasevansherman
Aug 11, 2017

I think this is the 10th in Irish writer Ken Bruen's long-running series about ex-cop, recovering alcoholic Jack Taylor. Bruen's writing is as pungent and sharp as ever, but this isn't one of his best.

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loudem
Jan 06, 2015

Not the best Taylor novel. Still quite all over the place. Hard to follow. And now the author is offing many (if not all) of Taylor's friends (!?). Is this the end of series? I still think that the White Trilogy (with the over the top D. S. Brand) is Bruen's best book.

ChristchurchLib Dec 09, 2013

"As with all books in Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series, you shouldn't expect a happy ending to this dark, fatalistic noir novel. The 10th in the series, Purgatory has the former cop ignoring a serial killer (to his peril) and knocking heads with a mogul who's been buying up Galway real estate. Precariously sober and busy with a new girlfriend, Taylor doesn't want to deal with the serial killer - a vigilante who's invited him to play along - until it's almost too late. If you're unfamiliar with the series but are looking for some dark Irish crime fiction, you can start with the first, The Guards, or check out the BBC television series Jack. Those already fond of Taylor should expect some surprises." Thrillers and Suspense December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=709589

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