Galway Epiphany
by Bruen, Ken

After a hit and run, Jack Taylor finds himself in the middle of a frenzy over two children seen tending to him post-accident, who people performed a saintly miracle in the latest novel in the series following Galway Girl.

Ken Bruen received a doctorate in metaphysics, taught English in South Africa, and then became a crime novelist. The critically acclaimed author of twelve previous Jack Taylor novels and The White Trilogy, he is the recipient of two Barry Awards and two Shamus Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Edgar Award. He lives in Galway, Ireland.

The sixteenth installment of Jack Taylor's ode to Galway is another bleakly poetic, sharply insightful thriller. Taylor's rage has morphed into a dangerous sort of Zen-the optimal state, really, for such a beacon to dark souls. A miracle has blessed Galway, a mysterious blue light having been photographed hovering above a pair of refugee children honoring the Irish Famine Memorial. Despite the searches of miracle-hungry pilgrims, the children disappear until they are spotted huddling over Taylor moments after he's been hit by a Mack truck. Weeks later, Taylor awakens from a coma and learns that he's another of the pair's miracles: his accident didn't leave a scratch. Bruen wields the irony of Taylor's disgust for the church here, tossing him deep into church secrets, sought by the church's covert-ops czar to find the children and halt Galway's run of miracles. But, after the younger child and the person who takes care of them become the presumed victims of a predatory arsonist, the girl at the center of the miracles seeks Jack's protection. Too late, he discovers she's the darkest soul of them all. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Galway private eye Jack Taylor finds himself awash in miracles, and not the good kind. The whole city is abuzz with the news of "the miracle‚?Ě‚?"the spotting of a young girl bathed in an unearthly blue light that evokes Lourdes and Fatima. Jack is the beneficiary of a miracle of his own, a close encounter with a Mack truck that spared him but brought him into close contact with the miracle girl, Sara, who was trying to rob him as he regained consciousness. Jack emerges from the hospital to a raft of cases. Renee Garvey begs him to stop the husband who beats her and has now started beating their daughter. Stephen Morgan wants him to identify the online troll who drove his daughter to suicide. And Monsignor Rael, an investigator called in from Rome, wants him to find and quiet Sara because ‚??the Church does not wish a miracle at this time.‚?Ě Jack, more interested in a rash of fires set by wealthy forensic accountant Benjamin J. Cullen, asks his farmer/biker/falconer friend Keefer McDonald to help him whittle down the caseload. In shockingly fast succession, the docket is indeed diminished‚?"not by the efforts of Jack and Keefer but by jolts of violence that claim a remarkable number of the very characters who seem to be driving the story. Eventually Jack, emerging from a lost weekend that extends to five or six days (naturally, he can‚??t remember), grabs the reins and takes control. Or does he? Another heady Irish stew spiked with wayward epigrams, one-word paragraphs, and lots and lots of Jamesons. Sl√°inte. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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