Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ken Bruen

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 01 Aug 2003

I really enjoyed Bruen's White Trilogy. I agree with Richard that the books are unrealistic and many of the characters are disgusting. Unlike Richard, though, I also found them interesting and pretty damn hilarious.

That said, I think they're trifles compared to Bruen's earlier, more orthodox crime novels. Rilke on Black and Her Last Call to Louis MacNiece were nice bits of Brit-noir (yeah, I know he's Irish, but these are all set in London), leaning pretty heavily on Thompson and/or Cain. My favorite of Bruen's books, though, is The Hackman Blues, about a bipolar enforcer who goes off his meds when being a little bit psychotic might help him in his work.

I have not read his more recent books, about which I've heard mixed things, even from people who liked Bruen.


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