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MysteriousPress.com is bringing back Ken Bruen's The White Trilogy in print and electronic format

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Any Ken Bruen news is very very good news in these parts, so I was very pleased to hear that Mysterious Press are bringing back Ken Bruen's The White Trilogy in print and electronic format. They are also taking a deeper look at Irish Noir in the following video featuring Ken Bruen, who explains why Ireland is the home to some of the world's most important crime writers.

Before They Were Writers - video from Open Road Media

Great idea from Open Road Media now posted on YouTube:

"I was always collecting anecdotes on scraps of paper, I would write notes on old hamburger wrappers . . . In a way, I was a writer and I didn't know it," explains novelist and former policeman Joseph Wambaugh. In this short video, thriller and mystery authors Charles McCarry, T. J. English, Martyn Waites, and Ken Bruen speak about the jobs and experiences that inspired their work and led them to a career in writing."

LONDON BOULEVARD - Ken Bruen

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London Boulevard
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Author's Home Country: 
Ireland
ISBN: 
9781899344772
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Noir

Currently Reading - London Boulevard, Ken Bruen

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This is another "have now read" rather than currently reading, but I felt an urge for something taut, dark and pointed. So where else would you turn.

From the Blurb:

When Mitchell is released from prison after serving three years for a vicious attack he doesn't even remember, Billy Norton is there to pick him up. But Norton works for Tommy Logan, a ruthless loan shark lowlife with plans Mitchell wants nothing to do with.

The First Shift

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Australia
Ireland
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Category: 
Crime Fiction

They broke free from their workstations and ran giggling down the factory hallways, stopping only to scraw crude missives on the walls.  Transcribed here for your amusement, the most original voices in crime fiction from around the world offers you 27 tales of revulsion, heartbreak and violence.

Welcome to the First Shift.

Sub Genre: 
Noir
Short Stories
ISBN: 
9780987278906
Publisher: 
Crime Factory
Year of Publication: 
2012

CALIBRE - Ken Bruen

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Calibre
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Author's Home Country: 
Ireland
ISBN: 
9780312341442
Series: 
Brant
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Location: 
London
Publisher: 
St Martin's Minotaur
Year of Publication: 
2006

Currently Reading - Calibre, Ken Bruen

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Felt badly in need of something pointed, dark ...

From the Blurb:

Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission.  His cause:  a long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners.  When a man gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, or a parking lot attendent is rude to a series of customers, the "Manners Killer" makes sure that the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end.

ONCE WERE COPS - Ken Bruen

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Book Title: 
Once Were Cops
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Author's Home Country: 
Ireland
ISBN: 
9780312384401
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Location: 
USA
Publisher: 
St Martins Minotaur
Year of Publication: 
2008

Currently Reading - Once Were Cops, Ken Bruen

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I will confess right now, I love Ken Bruen when he's writing that sparse, cut down, terse, lyrical, moving, disturbing fantastic prose that he does.  ONCE WERE COPS is one of those books - and I couldn't wait to read it.

From the Blurb:

Michael O'Shea is a member of Ireland's police force, known as the Guards.  He's also a sociopath who walks a knife-edge between sanity and all-out mayhem.

Opening Lines:

"Where Do I Begin?"

Wasn't that like a song?

And a pretty fucking bad one?

Like my story.

ONCE WERE COPS - Ken Bruen

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Book Title: 
Once Were Cops
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Author's Home Country: 
Ireland
ISBN: 
9780312384401
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Location: 
USA
Publisher: 
St Martins Minotaur
Year of Publication: 
2008

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