The Long Suicide

There’s something to plunging one’s self into the gutter that brings a smile. Memories of pain and suffering are just the trick. One can always pretend they weren’t real, but then the truth comes back: one touches the scars, the skin-flecked discoloration of war that seems to mark one’s body like a bloody thought. But unlike thoughts, scars keep reminding you of all those other deaths that were not yours. That’s when it hits you between the eyes like a baseball bat: all those others were your buddies, and like them you never did return, you’re just a ghost wandering the wastelands of a secular hell. No reprieve, no redemption, no saviors for the dammed; just the bitter fruit of a long suicide. – s.c. hickman

Reading ‘Green Hell’ another Jack Taylor novel by Ken Bruen

Took the day off from all the crap…

Reading pulp… the latest in the Ken Bruen Jack Taylor series: Green Hell, which unlike the others in the series is told by someone other than Jack… Bruen with his dark biting humor always cracks me up, just the sort of cynic one loves to read; yet, with Bruen there’s the true eye of the working man’s barbs, a man who cuts to the quick against the rich and the saintly alike:

Later, when I was asked about the essential difference between Jack, A wild Irish fucked-up addict.
And me, A WASP wannabe academic.
I was able to summarize it thus:
I liked to quote Beckett.
Jack quoted Joan Rivers.
And an ocean of misunderstanding flowed between the two.

– Ken Bruen, Green Hell (Jack Taylor)

Ken’s Official Site:

Ken Bruen [b.1951] is one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades. Born in Galway, he spent twenty-five years traveling the world before he began writing in the mid 1990s. As an English teacher, Bruen worked in South Africa, Japan, and South America, where he once spent a short time in a Brazilian jail. He has two long-running series: one starring a disgraced former policeman named Jack Taylor, the other a London police detective named Inspector Brant.

Praised for their sharp insight into the darker side of today’s prosperous Ireland, Bruen’s novels are marked by grim atmosphere and clipped prose. Among the best known are his White Trilogy (1998-2000) and The Guards (2001), the Shamus award-winning first novel in the Jack Taylor series. The next Jack Taylor novel, Green Hell, will be released by Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic in July 2015