In The Series
Priest is the fifth novel in the Jack Taylor series by Irish author Ken Bruen. Jack is recovering from his stay in the mental asylum following his severe alcoholism. He is now dry but haunted by the events that caused his drinking- the death of a friends child while in his care. Meanwhile Ireland is reeling from the constant allegations of child abuse committed by the church and then a local Galway priest is found beheaded in his church. Father Malachy asks Jack to investigate.
My ReviewThis book was a delight as it is such an easy read, even for a slightly difficult subject matter. I actually read this in one setting in a couple of hours. Written in first person the writing is terse and definitely reflects the down-trodden and off-beat character of Jack Taylor. Taylor represents the ultimate anti-hero, trying to do good but with too many demons to be good.
Viewers of the recent Jack Taylor series will recognise some of the events that occurred in the second episode within this novel. even if they are out of order from the books.
If there was one disappointment it was that the plot wasn't fuller. Jack ends up dealing with a number of different cases, each of which is largely unrelated. Therefore the main case, the death of the priest is solved particularly quickly.
Book Review: Ken Bruen Priest (Jack Taylor #5) * * *
Posted by John Forrester