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Ken Bruen Books In Order

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Publication Order of Inspector Brant Books

Publication Order of Jack Taylor Books

The Guards (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killing of the Tinkers (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magdalen Martyrs (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dramatist (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Room (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Priest (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cross (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sanctuary (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Headstone (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Purgatory (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Green Hell (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Emerald Lie (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghosts of Galway (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Galway Silence (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galway Girl (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Galway Epiphany (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galway Confidential (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Room was a limited edition story of which only 150 were released.

Publication Order of Max and Angela Books

with Jason Starr

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Shades of Grace (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rilke on Black (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hackman Blues (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
London Boulevard (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dispatching Baudelaire (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Skin (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Were Cops (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tower (With: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Callous (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Murder by the Book (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time of the Green (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wednesday’s Child (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Funeral: Tales of Irish Morbidities (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sherry and Other Stories (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time of Serena-May and Upon the Third Cross (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fifth of Bruen: Early Fiction of Ken Bruen (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Taylor (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Books

The Cocaine Chronicles (With: Lee Child,Laura Lippman,Jervey Tervalon,Bill Moody) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marijuana Chronicles (By: Jonathan Santlofer) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nicotine Chronicles (By: Lee Child,Joyce Carol Oates,Hannah Tinti,Christopher Sorrentino,Cara Black,Lauren Sanders,Bernice L. McFadden,Jonathan Ames) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Brooklyn Noir(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cocaine Chronicles(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dublin Noir(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Damn Near Dead(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
London Noir(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer Year: Stories to Die For...(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Thrills(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Requiems for the Departed(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Thrills: Volume 2(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
D*CKED(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncommon Assassins(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inherit the Dead(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kwik Krimes(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borderland Noir(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Invisible Blood(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Ken Bruen is one of the most renown Irish writers, who writes noir crime fiction novels. He was born in Galway, Ireland, in 1951. He studied at Gormanston College, County Meath, and Trinity College Dublin, where he got a Ph.D in Metaphysics. Unlike most novelists, Ken Bruen has travelled around the world. During his twenty-five years as an English teacher, he worked in Africa, Japan, South America and South East Asia. Just as anyone would conclude, Ken’s travels were precarious at some point, including time spent in a Brazilian jail, where he was wrongfully imprisoned for alleged involvement in a bar fight. He currently resides in Galway, Ireland, with his wife and his daughter, Grace.

Ken started writing after his gruesome experience in prison in Brazil. The torture he went through left bad memories and mental anguish. A traumatized Bruen started writing crime fiction in an effort to get the nightmares off his head and heal the scars left from the horrendous ordeal. His very first novel, Funerals, was about a boy who attended funerals like they were soccer games. He has written over thirty five novels, six of which have been featured in television series. His novels feature typical comedy incorporated into noir crime fiction, and he does not fail to poke the Irish Church and the State at some particular point in his novels. He exposes a number of ills and provides an intuition of the dark side of Ireland. The main themes in his works are Ireland’s economic prosperity since the 1990s, immigration, the decline of the social and political power of the Catholic Church and the social change in Ireland.

One of his most acclaimed series is the White trilogy (1998-2000). The series has three parts; A White Arrest, Taming the Alien and The McDead. It features a London Detective, Chief Inspector Robert, who is a sixty two year old cop, with a cheating wife and a daughter who loathes him. He makes up for his old age by being relentless and having a ferocity that policemen younger than him don’t eve come close to matching. With his partner, Detective Sergeant Brant, Robert poses a threat to London’s dark side by brutally pursuing mysterious hit men, thugs, lowlifes, gangs and kingpins. They come up against a vigilante gang that hangs drug dealers in the name of justice, an enforcer known as the Alien and a serial killer intent on wiping out England’s Cricket team. Their focus is on building the reputation of the police force with a ‘white arrest’, an arrest that is so pure that it would make up for all the shortcomings of the force. The novel exposes a vicious side of London that is full of corruption and an utter lack of integrity. A third character, Woman Police Constable Falls, is a young officer who without a doubt leaves one amazed at how diligently she fights against corruption. She brings out a female perspective and a twist that leaves a reader intrigued. Bruen’s style of writing in this trilogy features black humour and evidently portrays his flair, knack and dexterity. The sketchy descriptions of each character leaves one feeling like they have known them all their life. The trilogy was described by the British GQ as “the most striking and original novels of the decade.”

The Guards (2001), is a famous novel, the first entry in the Jack Taylor Series, which won the Shamus Award for Best Novel of 2003. The series has a record eleven parts; The Guards, The Killing Of The Tinkers, The Magdalen Matyrs, The Dramatist, Priest, Cross, Sanctuary, The Devil, Headstone, Purgatory and Green Hell. The series is set in his hometown, Galway. The main character in the series is Jack Taylor, a former policeman who was dismissed from the Irish Police Force, Garda Siochana. After being fired, Jack Taylor starts drinking his misfortunes away, when a desperate mother asks him to investigate the alleged suicide of her daughter in Galway, and thus begin his adventures and misadventures as he becomes a self-proclaimed detective, a “private eye”. One can describe Jack Taylor as an Alcoholic, angry, bitter, scarred, broken, pill popper, coke addict, but underneath the drug using character, he has an astounding loyalty to his friends and a talent for finding things out. He has passion for his newly found detective work, despite being extremely proud, arrogant and well aware of his wit and brainy discoveries. He goes out of his way, sometimes using crude, obnoxious, detestable and unexpected ways to solve his cases. He uses a plethora of quotations and digressions that go ahead to prove his pomp and self righteous attitude. The series is a remarkable work of art that keeps one on their toes and fully absorbed by the book. It is extremely fascinating and has a rich use of style. The Television Drama Series, Jack Taylor, was produced, based on the book, in 2010, featuring the first six novels in the series, starring Iain Glein in the title role . It was first broadcast in UK in 2013.

Ken Bruen’s other amazing pieces include Bust, a Hard Case Crime publication that he wrote in collaboration with the popular New York Crime author, Jason Starr in 2006 and the short story, Words Are Cheap, which was featured in the first issue of Murdaland, a literary noir magazine that features crime fiction.

Bruen is also the producer of some of his own movies based on his novels; Blitz (2011) based on his 2002 novel, London Boulevard (2010),based on his 2001 non-series novel and Jack Taylor: The Guards (2010). In addition to winning the 2004 Shamus Award for Best Novel, The Guards was a finalist for a number of awards; 2004 Barry Award for Best Novel, 2004, 2004 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel,2004 Macavity Award for Best Novel and 2010 Barry Award for Best Novel of the Decade. His book, Priest, was nominated for the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award in the category “best novel” and won the 2007 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel. The Killing of the Tinkers won the Macavity Awards for Best Mystery Novel and was a finalist for the 2005 Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel. The Dramatist (2004) won the 2007 Shamus Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the 2005 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel.

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