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The Hackman Blues #2020

The Hackman Blues Rilke in Black Bruen s first novel published in the U S by Serpent s Tail was a finalist for the First Blood award for Best First Crime Novel of and GQ England described it as the most startlin

  • Title: The Hackman Blues
  • Author: Ken Bruen
  • ISBN: 9781899344222
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Hackman Blues By Ken Bruen, Rilke in Black, Bruen s first novel published in the U.S by Serpent s Tail was a finalist for the First Blood award for Best First Crime Novel of 1995, and GQ England described it as the most startling and original crime novel of the decade Bruen s second novel is even darker, and controversial brutal, violent, and edged with desperate behavior from hisRilke in Black, Bruen s first novel published in the U.S by Serpent s Tail was a finalist for the First Blood award for Best First Crime Novel of 1995, and GQ England described it as the most startling and original crime novel of the decade Bruen s second novel is even darker, and controversial brutal, violent, and edged with desperate behavior from his characters.Brady, our narrator, is fifty, gay, and a manic depressive professional criminal of Irish descent, strung out on lithium and excessive drinking Today he has neglected to take his medication, which makes him even manic, violent, and unpredictable Brady is hired to find a powerful Irish construction chief s daughter Known as the Hackman , the chief believes his daughter is in Brixton, a multi racial part of London that is predominantly black.Brady recruits his former cell mate, a black thug, and another associate to get the girl back.This doesn t please the construction chief, who s an out and out racist The whole thing goes horribly wrong when Brady tries to play her black gangster boyfriend against the Hackman and his Irish heavies in a complicated ransom ploy The Hackman Blues is a masterpiece of London noir with a deliciously Dickensian atmosphere BBC Greater London Radio , the Urban Blues as they ve never been sung before.

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    1. THE HACKMAN BLUES OkayKen Bruen 2nd bookBrady is a gay, bipolar, tough guy, criminal detective ex con He is asked to find a white girl in Brixton, which sounds simple, but causes all kinds of complications I am a huge fan of Bruen s recent works The Guards, The Killing of the Tinkers, The Magdalen Murders , but you can really tell this is his 2nd book and he hasn t found his voice as yet.

    2. Short, violent, darkly funny, and written in the author s trademark staccato like style this was a good early work by Bruen though he definitely got better with later books.

    3. Not my favorite Bruen that honor goes to his Jack Taylor series but still a quick, and worthwhile read I find Bruen s machine gun prose style irresistible, and it works just as well here as it does in any of his other series, even if the plot of THE HACKMAN BLUES is a little trite Not a place to start for newcomers to Bruen s work, but a worthwhile slice of British noir all the same.

    4. Reads like the skeleton of a first draft Bruen writes it in his usual style, to the extent that I read the protagonist to be a homosexual version of Jack Taylor Ultimately forgettable, however.

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