Reviewed By
Karen Chisholm

Where Do I Begin?

Ken Bruen writes in his own form of poetry.

The words pull no punches.

His characters make no apologies.

They will do as the damn well please and sometimes there are simply not enough good guys to go around.

You think.

It's hard to tell who is a good guy and who isn't.

ONCE WERE COPS isn't going to be a novel for everyone.

It's hard, bad, dark, violent, unapologetic, difficult and complex.

There are no winners and there are lots of losers.

Don't read it if you want a happy ending (or a neatly tied off resolution for that matter).

Do read it if you like a walk on the dark side.

Do read it if you're looking for something outside the box.

Year of Publication

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.  When an exchange program is initiated and twenty Guards come to America and twenty cops from the States go to Ireland, Shea, as he's known, has his lifelong dream come true - he becomes a member of the NYPD.  But Shea's dream is about to become New York's nightmare.

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