99% of this blog is devoted to vintage material but I do like to give mention to newer books and series I run across when they’re as exceptional as this one.
Jack Taylor was tossed out of Ireland’s Garda Slochna for being a drunk. Punching out a member of Parliment didn’t help either. Since he left in disgrace, the Guards hate him and make no effort to hide it whenever they spot him. Two of them even put him in the hospital. His next step is to be a P.I. He has a knack for finding things and decides to put that talent to good use.
His first case is investigating the circumstances surrounding the suicide of a young girl. Her mother doesn’t believe her teenager would kill herself. While half heartedly working on the case, Jack ends up in a mental asylum for a brief stay. He tries getting sober. That doesn’t last long. Eventually he discovers a group of thrill killers
If you’re tired of a lot of today’s P.I. who are too busy being sensitive, check this series out. It is dark, tough and hard boiled. Read it in order. There are things that happen to Taylor along the way that will make you wonder how he survives. So far there are eight books in the series. All are quick reads but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your time and savor them. The latest is 2016’s “The Emerald Lie.”