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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 New York City for a one-year stint with the NYPD. Partnered with the brutal Kurt Kebar Browski (he looked like a pit bull in uniform), the clever sociopath, who has a hidden predilection for serial rape and strangulation, brazenly advances his ambitions despite intense attention from Internal Affairs and a mobster named Morronni. An acknowledged master of contemporary noir, Bruen touches all his usual themes in his trademark clipped postmodern style, a deft shorthand that enables him to romp at will through genre clichés to quickly reach deeper and more dangerous depths. No one is safe as this shocker spins wildly toward a violent finish.(Oct.)
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ISBN-10:  0312540175
ISBN-13:  978-0312540173
Author:  Ken Bruen
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
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review by . November 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, …
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