Cross (Jack Taylor, #6) by Ken BruenKen Bruen’s Cross—the sixth outing in a series featuring Jack Taylor, an ex-Garda who moonlights as a maladroit private eye—finds our hero in the usual Galway gutter, and by book’s end, as is the pattern with this mystery series, Taylor manages to nearly claw his way out before the certain cruelty of existence kicks his teeth down his throat and sends him tumbling back into the mud and the blood and the beer. (Yes, this is my idea of pitching a book.)
Never have I ever been to Ireland, but there are certain aspects of this series that ring true to me, and is the reason I stick around despite Bruen’s sometimes spotty writing style. I don’t want to make too much out of the horrors of my Roman Catholic upbringing because I lived a nice, pleasant suburban life with parents who were decent human beings that did any-and-everything they could for me, but at the same time I completely understand the deep sense of guilt that plagues Taylor. Not that I have killed people (the innocent and the guilty), betrayed friends, watched loved one after loved one die terribly right before my eyes, pushed away any sign of meaningful relationships, or wasted years of my life on drugs and booze—but I am still young so give me some time.
In any case, the Roman Catholic guilt is a weird animal (it sucks feeling like you should be apologizing for most of your actions, no matter what it is they are, or for the mistakes of others), and without talking too much out of my own ass, I propose that the Roman Catholic guilt became compounded into a shared national Irish guilt. Or at least, that’s the Ireland in Bruen’s novels: a land of self-loathing misanthropes who wallow in their own bitterness and prejudices…but then again isn’t that like most places?
If you are wondering what the actual plot of this book is about then know it involves a family of killers who crucify a young man and then burn another woman alive; along the way, Taylor finds a very thin excuse to pretend like he’s investigating the murders. Mostly, Taylor thinks about drinking, fights to stay sober, struggles with the abattoir of rage and resentment inside his skull, hates himself, tries not to hate everyone around him, and thinks about God and dying and drinking.
It’s that last sentence along with my “hmming” about guilt which keeps me coming back to this flawed, yet all-too-human series of tragedies masquerading as mystery novels.
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Jack Taylor is an Irish mystery television drama based on the novels by Ken Bruen. Set in Galway, the series is based on Ken Bruen's crime novels and features Iain Glen as the leading character, Jack Taylor, an old-school detective, and a maverick who often drinks much more than is good for him. According to the series' voiceover, there are no private eyes in Ireland—"It's too close to being an informant — a dodgy concept". Jack soon realises his experience suits him in his new role. In November the Irish Film and Television Network reported that a further two films, The Dramatist and Priest , were in production, and that Noone and Scott would once again join Glen, reprising their roles. The film is based on Bruen's novel The Killing of the Tinkers.
Galway, in Western Ireland, may seem a world away from the fantasy landscapes of Game of Thrones , but it's familiar ground for Scottish actor Iain Glen. Perhaps best known as Ser Jorah Mormont in the epic series, Glen has spent quite a bit of time in Ireland in the past few years. Much of Thrones is filmed in northern Ireland, and Glen is also the lead actor and executive producer of Jack Taylor, a crime drama series filmed on location in Galway, on Ireland's wild west coast. Based on the series of novels by Ken Bruen, Jack Taylor features an hard-bitten ex-cop-turned-PI of the same name, who takes on cases to which the police have chosen to turn a blind eye. He's a very troubled man, very messed up and so he tends to screw up his own and other people's lives accidentally. But he also has this very strong moral core and fundamentally is a good person.