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October 12, 2011



Ken Bruen is wonderfully wry and sardonic and languid writer who uses language like a wand to conjure up three dimensional characters and scenarios. Funnily enough, last year I read about 24 novels; the only ones I read from cover to cover in one sitting were Mr Bruen's. That tells me something. As a fellow Irishman, I admire Irish writing that doesn't veer into 'Oirish' or Stage-Irish terrain.

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David J. Montgomery is a writer and critic specializing in books and publishing. He is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, and has also written for USA Today, the Washington Post, and other fine publications. A former professor of History, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

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