From the wry master of Irish noir, The Emerald Lie is the latest novel featuring the vigilante antihero Jack Taylor, along with his lethal new sidekick Emily, a troublesomely lovable pup named Storm, and a serial killer with a singular fixation: bad grammar
The Emerald Lie
The Mysterious Press
978-0-8021-2546-0 • $25.00 • Cloth • Sep. 2016
Ken Bruen, the “Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel” (Irish Independent), is beloved for his black humor, verse-like prose, and irascible protagonist Jack Taylor, an ex-cop who is as addicted to trouble as he is to Jameson, pills, and pop culture.
In The Emerald Lie, the latest terror to be visited upon the dark Galway streets arrives in a most unusual form: an Eton and Cambridge graduate who becomes murderous over split infinitives, dangling modifiers, and any other sign of bad grammar. Meanwhile, Jack is approached by a grieving father with a pocketful of cash on offer if Jack will help exact revenge on those responsible for his daughter’s brutal rape and murder. Though hesitant to get involved, Jack agrees to get a read on the likely perpetrators. But Jack is soon derailed by the reappearance of Emily (previous alias: Emerald), the chameleon-like young woman who joined forces with Jack to take down her pedophile father in Bruen’s Green Hell and who remains passionate, clever, and utterly homicidal. She is ready to use any sort of coercion to get Jack to conspire with her against the serial killer the Garda have nicknamed “the Grammarian,” but her most destructive obsession just might be Jack himself.
Bruen is in top form with this deadly new addition to the Jack Taylor series.