It seems impossible, but struggling detective Jack Taylor is finally sober – off the booze, pills, powder, and nearly off cigarettes too.
The main reason he's been able to keep clean: his dealer's in jail, which leaves Jack without a supplier.
So when that dealer calls him to Dublin and asks for a favour in the soiled, sordid visiting room of Mountjoy Prison, Jack wants to tell him to take a flying leap.
He soon discovers the dealer's sister is dead and the guards have called it "death by misadventure."
The dealer is convinced that can't be true and begs Jack to investigate and see what he can find out.
It's exactly what Jack does for a living, with varying levels of success.
But even so, he's reluctant, maybe because of who's asking or maybe because of the bad feeling growing in his gut.
Never one to give in to bad feelings or common sense, Jack agrees to the favour, though he doesn't begin to fathom the shocking, deadly consequences he has set in motion…
But he and everyone he holds dear will find out soon, sooner than anyone knows, in The Dramatist, the lean and lethal fourth entry in Ken Bruen's award-winning Jack Taylor series.
Praise for Ken Bruen
'Quirky, quality fiction.' - Observer
'Outstanding … Ireland's version of Scotland's Ian Rankin.' – Publishers Weekly
*'Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue and bleak noir sensibility — all on display in The Dramatist.' -The New York Times
'Deserving of five stars is Ken Bruen's The Dramatist … This is the fourth outing for the failed cop, and probably the best since The Guards.' - Time Out
Ken Bruen born in Galway in 1951, is the award-winning author of seventeen novels, including the breakthrough Jack Taylor series. He spent twenty-five years as an English teacher in Africa, Japan, S.E. Asia and South America. His Jack Taylor novels have been widely published internationally, in the USA and Australia and in translation in several countries including France, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands and Albania.*