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Taming the Alien (Signed)

Bruen, Ken

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ISBN 10: 1899344497 / ISBN 13: 9781899344499
Published by The Do-Not Press, London, 1999
Condition: As New Soft cover
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Purchased new & carefully stored - unread. True First Edition/First Printing. Signed by author on title page. (See other Ken Bruen titles in my "Mystery - Fiction" Catalog.) Bookseller Invt. # C00200039G. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000039

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Title: Taming the Alien (Signed)

Publisher: The Do-Not Press, London

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition/First Printing.

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Detective Sergeant Brant and his boss, Inspector Roberts, are known as the 'R&B' of the Metropolitan Police - and they're as sleazy and ruthless as the villains they are out to catch.
Taming the Alien is the second book in Ken Bruen's groundbreaking 'White' trilogy, populated by just as lowdown a group of lowlifes, wideboys, and old fashioned south-east London villains as we met in a white arrest.

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For the moment, the bad guys are having it all their way. Sean and Josie knife Det. Sgt. Brant in the back before hotfooting it to Noo Yawk; Roy ``The Alien'' Fenton, just out of prison, on hire from south-end London master criminal Bill, trashes Brant's flat, destroys his collection of Ed McBain novels, and scares the bejesus out of him with a teakettle of scalding water. When Sean is killed while attempting a mugging, Brant is dispatched to America to extradite Josie, little knowing that The Alien is now a continent away in San Francisco preparing to murder his former girlfriend and her new husband before taking a well- earned Mexico sabbatical. Back in London, Brant's protg Falls, newly pregnant but still tyre-iron tough, is hospitalized after being waylaid in a snooker hall, and Brants chief inspector, Roberts, can't find anyone wholl let him whine for a moment about his skin cancer. And let's not forget Bill the mastermind, who sends an overeager shooter called Collie to the airport to greet Brant on his return, with fatal results when Collie mistakes Josie for Brant's girlfriend. Bruen's plotting has improved since The Hackman Blues (1998). But this second volume in a proposed trilogy (A White Arrest, not reviewed) still quotes pop-culture icons and offers cute little lists (``Things to look for in a potential hit man: 1. Patience. 2. Cool. 3. Absolute ruthlessness'') in a hopeless attempt to update a noir attitude sealed in 50-year-old amber. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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