RARA-AVIS: Ken Bruen's Sanctuary

From: Kent Morgan (tkmorgan@shaw.ca)
Date: 29 Jul 2009

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    I'm almost afraid to comment about Ken Bruen's latest in the Jack Taylor series, Sanctuary. A few years back when I mentioned that I didn't enjoy the third in the series, The Magdalen Martyrs, I took some serious hits from a couple of authors who at the time seemed to feel that Bruen walked on water. The surprising thing was that I probably had been reading Bruen before them and said I liked the first two books in the Taylor series and some of his other work. Since that time I've read all the later books in the series and liked them except for Sanctuary. The 2009 UK paperback is 221 pages of large type and margins and I felt that Bruen and his publisher Transworld Ireland didn't give me much value for $11.99 Canadian. It almost was like reading a recent Robert B. Parker Spenser novel. I won't say much about the plot other than Taylor starts drinking again after he receives a hit list and later discovers he also may be on it. I don't remember seeing any reviews about the book or comments on this or other mystery lists. Anyone read it?


    Kent Morgan

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