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The Guards

(2001)
(The first book in the Jack Taylor series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Edgar Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Macavity Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Shamus Awards Best Novel
Refreshing, incisive writing in a superb novel from an established author of crime fiction. Jack Taylor is a disgraced ex-cop in Galway. Mourning the death of his father, he is slowly drinking to oblivion. He has an ability to "find things" and is asked to investigate a teenage suicide. This leads him into a dangerous confrontation with a powerful businessman. A darker conspiracy slowly unfolds. Aided by a punk girl, he fumbles towards a lethal solution. The narrative is fueled by black humour, stark violence and moments of radiance.

The Guards remain as a chorus in the background, never altogether past, infringing on Jack Taylor at the least expected moment. The intimate, bustling city of Galway, crashing into prosperity, illuminates the story at every turn.

Genre: Mystery    Get it on Google Play

Praise for this book

"The Guards is an astounding novel, a poetic account of a desperation as deep as the North sea, retribution and resurrection. It's so good I can't think of it as a crime novel. Its a fine book with some crime." - James Crumley

"Why the hell haven't I heard of Ken Bruen before? He's a terrific writer and The Guards is one of the most mesmerizing works of crime fiction I've ever read... This guy is the real thing." - James W Hall

"The Guards is raw, hard, bitter and amazing. Its got that ancient feel to it, as of a primal story beign retold with fine, careless Irish swagger. Its as if Bruen made up his mind to tell us this story whether we wanted to hear it or not. Oh we do. for sure." - Jon A Jackson

"The Guards blew me away. It's dark, funny and moving - just for starters. With a sharp eye and a lyrical voice, Ken Bruen takes us on a powerful odyssey through the mean streets of Galway, straight into the Irish heart. Bruen's tale is a potent draft of desire and hopelessness, conviction and surrender, inadvertent heroism and unexpected grace. This is mystery writing f a high order." - T Jefferson Parker


Used availability for Ken Bruen's The Guards

Hardback Editions

January 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-7531-5257-6 / 978-0-7531-5257-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2004 : USA Hardback

Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1-4177-0698-8 / 978-1-4177-0698-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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January 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Guards: A Novel
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-312-30355-6 / 978-0-312-30355-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-7531-5258-4 / 978-0-7531-5258-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-86322-410-5 / 978-0-86322-410-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-86322-323-0 / 978-0-86322-323-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon
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May 2004 : UK Paperback

Title: Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-86233-223-0 / 978-0-86233-223-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Guards: A Jack Taylor Novel (Jack Taylor Series)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-312-32027-2 / 978-0-312-32027-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


2002 : Australia Paperback

Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1-876631-48-1 / 978-1-876631-48-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Duffy & Snellgrove
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March 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-86322-281-1 / 978-0-86322-281-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd
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Audio Editions

September 2009 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: The Guards (Jack Taylor)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-7531-4477-8 / 978-0-7531-4477-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-7531-4478-6 / 978-0-7531-4478-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2009 : UK MP3 CD
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Title: The Guards (Jack Taylor)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-7531-4479-4 / 978-0-7531-4479-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   


September 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2009 : UK MP3 CD

Title: The Guards
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 0-7531-4480-8 / 978-0-7531-4480-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Guards (Jack Taylor Series Book 1)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Guards: A Jack Taylor Novel (Jack Taylor series Book 1)
Author(s): Ken Bruen
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA