[bksvol-discuss] The Magdalen Martyrs

  • From: "Jim" <jim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 14:57:34 -0700

Just submitted The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen


Jack Taylor is walking the delicate edge of a sobriety he doesn't trust when 
his phone rings. He's in debt to a Galway tough named Bill Cassell, what the 
locals call a "hard man." Bill did Jack a big favor a while back; the trouble 
is, he never lets a favor go unreturned.

Jack is amazed when Cassell simply asks him to track down a woman, now either 
dead or very old, who long ago helped his mother escape from the notorious 
Magdalen laundry, where young wayward girls were imprisoned and abused. Jack 
doesn't like the odds of finding the woman, but counts himself lucky that the 
task is at least on the right side of the law. 

Until he spends a few days spinning his wheels and is dragged in front of 
Cassell for a quick reminder of his priorites. Bill's goons do a little 
spinning of their own, playing a game of Russian roulette a little too close to 
the back of Jack's head. It's only blind luck and the mercy of a god he no 
longer trusts that land Jack back on the street rather than face down in a 
cellar with a bullet in his skull. He's got one chance to stay alive: find this 

Unfortunately, he can't escape his own curiosity, and an unnerving hunch 
quickly turns into a solid fact: just who Jack's looking for, and why, aren't 
nearly what they seem.

The Magdalen Martyrs, the third Galway-set novel by Edgar, Barry, and Macavity 
finalist and Shamus Award-winner Ken Bruen, is a gripping, dazzling story that 
takes the Jack Taylor series to explosive new heights of suspense. 

Jim B


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