The Magdalen Martyrs

The Magdalen Martyrs

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Jack Taylor is walking the delicate edge of a sobriety he doesn't trust when his phone rings. He's in debt to a Galway tough named Bill Cassell, what the locals call a "hard man." Bill did Jack a big favor a while back; the trouble is, he never lets a favor go unreturned.

Jack is amazed when Cassell simply asks him to track down a woman, now either dead or very old, who long ago helped his mother escape from the notorious Magdalen laundry, where young wayward girls were imprisoned and abused. Jack doesn't like the odds of finding the woman, but counts himself lucky that the task is at least on the right side of the law.

Until he spends a few days spinning his wheels and is dragged in front of Cassell for a quick reminder of his priorities. Bill's goons do a little spinning of their own, playing a game of Russian roulette a little too close to the back of Jack's head. It's only blind luck and the mercy of a god he no longer trusts that land Jack back on the street rather than face down in a cellar with a bullet in his skull. He's got one chance to stay alive: find this woman.

Unfortunately, he can't escape his own curiosity, and an unnerving hunch quickly turns into a solid fact: just who Jack's looking for, and why, aren't nearly what they seem.

The Magdalen Martyrs , the third Galway-set novel by Edgar, Barry, and Macavity finalist and Shamus Award-winner Ken Bruen, is a gripping, dazzling story that takes the Jack Taylor series to explosive new heights of suspense.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2005.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312353513
9780312316457
0312316453
Branch Call Number: BRU
Characteristics: 274 p.

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Winnipeg1
Aug 16, 2012

How do you spell 'dark'? B-R-U-E-N. Urban grit, full of broken characters & the most thought-provoking references & quotations from an amazing variety of sources. Highly recommend the whole series, read in order of possible.

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loudem
Aug 02, 2012

I’ve read a few Jack Taylor novels and this is the first one where I’m starting to kinda connect with the guy. At least to know how he ticks. Tough guy, tough book, hard to follow. But in the book we start to see some “humanity” in him, even with the alcohol and the drugs. Good book. Taylor lives in a world so frightening, I don’t want to go there. Reading about him is a safe alternative.

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