Once Were Cops (2008) In Once Were Cops , a one-off from his popular Jack Taylor series, Ken Bruen introduces Irish cop Michael O'Shea, who has just finagled a… 2008-10-28 Fiction Mystery and Thriller St. Martin's Minotaur
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Once Were Cops (2008)

Ken Bruen, Once Were Cops | Once Were Cops by Ken Bruen
Once Were Cops by Ken Bruen
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 28, 2008; Writer: Ken Bruen; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur

In Once Were Cops, a one-off from his popular Jack Taylor series, Ken Bruen introduces Irish cop Michael O'Shea, who has just finagled a one-year appointment to the NYPD. Once in New York, O'Shea is paired with Kurt Browski, a thuggish policeman who ''looked like a pit bull in uniform.'' As the two slash their way through a precinct brimming with dope dealers, rapists, and the like, several secrets emerge: O'Shea likes to strangle women, and Browski has a sister who's been beaten into a coma. Bruen, a master of modern noir, renders his prose in short staccato bursts, which is curiously mesmerizing — and, at the book's gruesome end, downright terrifying. A–

Originally posted Nov 12, 2008 Published in issue #1021-1022 Nov 21, 2008 Order article reprints