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The White Trilogy

The White Trilogy

(2003)
(A book in the Inspector Brant series)
An omnibus of novels by

 
The Washington Post
This collection of three loosely connected novellas is beautifully written in a style that ranges from brutal to darkly funny to downright poetic. Bruen does a masterful job of depicting the bleak streets of modern-day London, then creating characters who gradually reveal themselves to be touchingly human in spite of their surroundings. The greatest testament to his skill is that I began the book hating the characters for being violent, corrupt and cynical, yet reached the final pages desperately hoping they would find some happiness in their stark lives. Factor in London street slang, male prostitution, an ethnically diverse cast, plenty of pub time and the Irish-English political undertones, and you have three compulsively readable tales of British crime and punishment. — Katy Munger

Publisher's Weekly
Hip, violent and funny vignettes of the mean streets of southeast London tie together this rowdy set of short novels by Bruen (The Guards), a modern Irish master of the hard-boiled. Collecting A White Arrest (1998), Taming the Alien (1999) and The McDead (2000) for first U.S. publication, this omnibus showcases the investigations of the aging Chief Inspector Roberts and the brutish Detective Sergeant Brant, with the assistance of the unlucky-in-love Woman Police Constable Falls. They don't always solve their assigned crimes, but know perfectly well if they can nail the occasional major criminal-"the white arrest"-they'll be able to keep their jobs. Among numerous subplots, they pursue a serial killer stalking England's winning soccer team, a vigilante gang hanging drug dealers and a hit man known as "The Alien" because he whacked a victim engrossed in the video of that movie with a baseball bat just as the monster pops out of John Hurt's chest. But quieter moments, such as Brant's visit to his home county in Ireland, are just as interesting. Bruen's relentless media references (to pop songs, noir movies, other crime novels, even H.P. Lovecraft and Jack Kerouac) may drive some readers to distraction, and his loose, ironic endings no doubt are too postmodern for traditional tastes. This is fun reading, though, for readers seeking something fresh. (Mar. 1) Forecast: This collection should get a lift from The Guards (Forecasts, Nov. 25), Bruen's first new crime novel to be published in the U.S. Expect another lift should the TV miniseries based on these three novels get here from the U.K. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The White Trilogy: A White Arrest, Taming the Alien, and The McDead
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1-4804-8081-9 / 978-1-4804-8081-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The White Trilogy: A White Arrest, Taming the Alien, and The McDead
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1-4532-8933-X / 978-1-4532-8933-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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February 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The White Trilogy
Author(s): Ken Bruen
ISBN: 1-932112-02-2 / 978-1-932112-02-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Justin, Charles & Co.
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The White Trilogy: A White Arrest, Taming the Alien, and The McDead
Author(s): Ken Bruen
Publisher: mysteriouspress.com
Availability: Amazon UK   

December 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The White Trilogy: A White Arrest, Taming the Alien, and The McDead
Author(s): Ken Bruen
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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