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The Killing of the Tinkers (Adv. Uncorr. Proofs)

Bruen, Ken (Signed)

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ISBN 10: 0312304110 / ISBN 13: 9780312304119
Published by Minotaur Books, NY, 2004
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Scarce, Advance Uncorrected Proofs. Format is similar to a High-Gloss Trade Paperback with hi-quality paper pages and printing. Actual size is 8 1/4" x 5 1/8". Only visible defect is what appears to be a narrow, & less than 1", bump/skuff to the front cover in the lower quadrate section - only visible when you tilt the book to have a light shining directly on the offended area (sounds worse than it actually appears.) Signed by author on title page. (See other Ken Bruen titles in my "Mystery - Fiction" Catalog.) Bookseller Invt. # C00030014G. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000014

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Title: The Killing of the Tinkers (Adv. Uncorr. ...

Publisher: Minotaur Books, NY

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Trade Paperback Format

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Thus.

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When Jack Taylor blew town at the end of The Guards his alcoholism was a distant memory and sober dreams of a new life in London were shining in his eyes. In the opening pages of The Killing of the Tinkers, Jack's back in Galway a year later with a new leather jacket on his back, a pack of smokes in his pocket, a few grams of coke in his waistband, and a pint of Guinness on his mind. So much for new beginnings.

Before long he's sunk into his old patterns, lifting his head from the bar only every few days, appraising his surroundings for mere minutes and then descending deep into the alcoholic, drug-induced fugue he prefers to the real world. But a big gypsy walks into the bar one day during a moment of Jack's clarity and changes all that with a simple request. Jack knows the look in this man's eyes, a look of hopelessness mixed with resolve topped off with a quietly simmering rage; he's seen it in the mirror. Recognizing a kindred soul, Jack agrees to help him, knowing but not admitting that getting involved is going to lead to more bad than good. But in Jack Taylor's world bad and good are part and parcel of the same lost cause, and besides, no one ever accused Jack of having good sense.

Ken Bruen wowed critics and readers alike when he introduced Jack Taylor in The Guards; he'll blow them away with The Killing of the Tinkers, a novel of gritty brilliance that cements Bruen's place among the greats of modern crime fiction.

From the Inside Flap:

"Ken Bruen confirms his rightful place among the finest noir stylists of his generation. This is a remarkable book from a singular talent."
- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Bruen is a brilliant, lyrical, deeply moving writer who can make you laugh and cry in the same paragraph and whose characters are so sharply portrayed that they almost walk off the page at you. If you like Ian Rankin, Dennis Lehane, Pelecanos, and the like, Bruen is definitely a writer to reckon with."
-Denver Post

"Bruen is an original, grimly hilarious and gloriously Irish. I await the further adventures of the incorrigible Jack Taylor."
-Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

"The next major new Irish voice we hear might well belong to Ken Bruen."
-Chicago Tribune

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