Review of The Ghosts of Galway by Ken Bruen

THE GHOSTS OF GALWAY (2017) is Ken Bruen’s 13th Jack Taylor novel. Jack’s an ex-Garda living in Galway, a drunk who got kicked out of the Guards when first introduced back in 2001. I’ve read all the books and enjoyed them all, too. Over the years, Jack’s weathered some tough times and he’s lost a lot of friends. He still drinks and you can find him downing a Jameson at his favorite pub which fronts as his office because in Galway, he’s still the one most people turn to for help with their problems. DISCLAIMER: The publisher sent this book to me for an honest review. I also bought my copy in e.

There’s a group called The Ghosts of Galway, made up of Irish fundamentalists, threatening to cause “chaos” in the city. They also have ties to the Fenian Brotherhood. The Guards suspect them of dumping dead swans in a public park with the promise of violence to come. Jack’s connection to the group comes from Em/Emily/Emerald, who makes her reappearance for the third time in the series. Emerald is a murderous psychotic with a multiple personality disorder. Her relationship to Jack is eh complicated. Their relationship is tested even further in this entry. Aside from that, there’s another subplot involving “The Red Book”, a rival to The Book of Kells and Jack’s paid to retrieve it. It’s allegedly the first known book of heresy written by some monks and the Church denies its existence. Continue reading

Netflix’s MINDHUNTER is Bingeworthy Goodness

MINDHUNTER is Netflix’s newest original series and it tells the story of the early days at the FBI when they start interviewing serial killers to gain insight into why they did what they did to help the FBI solve and prevent further crimes. David Fincher directed the first two episodes along with the finale. What makes this series bingeworthy is also what makes it disturbing is society’s fascination with serial killers. Like, what makes them tick? The crimes are horrific and it almost comes close to portraying these criminals like celebrities in a way (for lack of a better word). For example, the start of each episode opens with a ADT guy in Wichita, Kansas, who might be the BTK killer.

The source material for the series is Mindhunter:Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, a non-fiction novel written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. So far the series is well written and put together if I do say so myself. On October 13, Netflix released all ten episodes. I’m at episode four and probably won’t stop until I finish it all. There’s talk of a second season so that’s great news. I do recommend this series if you enjoy this sort of thing and have a strong stomach. If you enjoy series like HANNIBAL by Bryan Fuller or SILENCE OF THE LAMBS where serial killers are front and center as well as the psychology of their horrific crimes then by all means give this series a try. If you’ve watched it all, what did you think?