“Bruen is an Irish treasure, holding his own in a line of literary giants including Joyce, Yeats, Wilde, and Beckett. . . . Purgatory may be the best of the Jack Taylor series.” Shelf Awareness
The Mysterious Press
978-0-8021-2289-6 • $14.00 • Paperback • Nov. 2014
“The things Jack witnesses these days . . . would cause a saint to go blind. And Jack, whose heroism is fueled by ‘plain old-fashioned rage, bile, and bitterness,’ is no saint. Never was, never will be. Amen.” New York Times Book Review
Jack Taylor has finally found a modicum of peace. He has managed to kick, however tenuously, the substances that had a stranglehold over his life. Yet this fragile existence is threatened when a vigilante killer begins targeting citizens, signing mysterious notes with the moniker “C33,” and addressing them to Jack. As Jack tries to unravel the mystery of this demented murderer, he is brought into the fold of an enigmatic tech billionaire who has been buying up massive amounts of property in Galway, seemingly in the hopes of offering this downtrodden city a better future. But if Jack has learned one thing, it’s that people who outwardly claim to be on the side of righteousness are likely harboring more nefarious motives. With the help of a former drug dealer turned Zen master and a dogged police sergeant, Jack is determined to track down C33, even if it jeopardizes his friends, his sobriety, and the last remaining shreds of his sanity.