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Subject: Any Ken Bruen fans?
Date Posted: 6/15/2008 3:04 AM ET
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I just picked up Blitz at the library FOL kiosk.  Do you have to read this series in order?  I forget the main characters name but it's a London series if I remember right.  (the book is still in the car).  I was thinking I'd read this one now since it's WL and not very long.  But if I'm going to be completely lost then I wait.

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:49 AM ET
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I'm not familiar with this series but I'm a sucker for British mysteries so I'm going to check it out. Thanks!
Date Posted: 6/25/2008 3:35 PM ET
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I haven't read that series, but I love Bruen's other series set in Galway Ireland, featuring Jack Taylor. Definitely not cozies--Jack is an alcoholic, drug addicted, depressed ex-cop who runs into some mighty violent situations but I absolutely love that series and his writing style. I have the first three or four books in the series you're talking about as well as a non-series book of his called American Skin on my TBR but haven't gotten to them yet.


Date Posted: 7/3/2008 1:36 PM ET
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You've probably gotten your answer to this already, or just plunged right in, but I think Bruen's Brant series, of which Blitz is #4, should definitely be read in order:

  • A White Arrest
  • Taming the Alien
  • The McDead
  • Blitz
  • Vixen
  • Calibre
  • Ammunition

As Cherly mentioned, the Taylor series is very dark, but very well written. The Brant series is not as "in depth" as the Taylor series as far as character development goes - more like an action film (Brant) as opposed to a drama (Taylor) - but it is equally as good IMO.