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Once Were Cops

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A book by Ken Bruen

In this stripped-down dark thrill ride from Edgar-finalist Bruen (The Guards), a psychotic Irish cop, Matthew Patrick O'Shea (everybody called me Shea), blackmails his way into a green card and a police exchange program that takes him from Galway to … see full wiki

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Author: Ken Bruen
Publisher: Minotaur Books
1 review about Once Were Cops

New York City, not Galway

  • Nov 16, 2009
Ken Bruen's latest moves from his usual haunt of Galway to New York City, but he proves (as if it were necessary to do so) that he is at home in any area. It seems a bit strange to read a book without Jack Taylor (although he does make a cameo appearance), but his latest protagonist (I can't really use the word "hero") is very interesting for his dark and light sides, both of them driving him down a road that can only have a bad end.

The characters, as usual, are finely drawn, and every one of them is quite interesting. The action is fast and furious, and the book is short enough that it can be finished in one lengthy sitting or, as in my case, two reasonably long readings. I'm not going to go into the nuances of the plot except to say that the ending gives a hint of a possible sequel. I certainly hope that is the case!

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