Jack Taylor Series, No 12
2011 / ISBN-10: 0312604580
Noir / Metaphysical / Ireland-Contemporary
by LJ Roberts
First Sentence: I should be in America.
Jack Taylor's second attempt to leave Ireland ends with Irish
customs; his attempt at sobriety ends at the airport bar. The journey
he does take is one of a mysterious stranger who seems to know a
lot about him, and the death of those who come into Jack's life.
Has the Devil come to Jack in this life rather than waiting for
him in the next?
From the first page, and first chapter heading, I remember how much
I love Bruen's voice. You hear and see Ireland in every word; and
not just through the inclusion of the Gallic. There is a poetry
to his writing and acknowledgement of one who has known the dark
side of mankind.
The writing is impeccable and spare; not a superfluous word. The
dialogue is spot on. The story is brutal and profane and not always
pleasant to read. The brutality of the story is often offset by
Jack isn't a character one is supposed to like. He is, however,
one of the most compelling characters being written today. He is
a dark angel; very dark, but you want him to survive and to succeed.
With all the past books, I always felt the hope of possible redemption
for Jack. In this book? Possibly not-but then again, possibly. For
Jack, the reader cannot help but have hope.
This is the first time Bruen has introduced an aspect of the metaphysical,
which I liked, and an ambiguous ending, for which I didn't care
"The Devil" is a book of actual and metaphysical suspense.
It is dark. It is sharp. It stays with you. This is a series which
should be read in order. All I know is that I shall always read
Bruen's next Jack Taylor book.