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The Resource American skin : a novel, by Ken Bruen

American skin : a novel, by Ken Bruen

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American skin : a novel
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American skin
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a novel
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by Ken Bruen
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eng
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  • At the start of Bruen's dark tribute to the Irish fascination with the American dream, Stephen Blake is on the run after a bank heist, hoping to disappear in the desert near Tucson. He has the money, and his girlfriend, Siobhan, knows how to launder it. All he has to do is change his accent, his skin and pass as American. But John A. Stapleton, hit man for the IRA, wants more than his share of the swag, and the psychotic Dade, obsessively devoted to the music of Tammy Wynette, is wandering the Southwest like a slaughter wagon. Noir master Bruen (The Guards ) effortlessly moves his story line back and forth in time, all his trademark pop culture references in place, the banshee of existential agony wailing loud. At times, though, the violence becomes cartoonish, and potential showdowns just do not rock—if you've got Frankenstein and the Wolfman in one castle, they really need to wreck some furniture for a few pages. Still, Bruen fans will be enthralled. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 21, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 33, p53)
  • Bruen, poster boy for Irish noir (Calibre, 2006, etc.), exports his product to the U.S. and colors it even darker.When does a bad guy cross the line from villain to monster? This time around, Bruen presents three Iagos, two males and a distaff version. If there's a saving grace among them, it's buried beyond redemption. Here's Sherry's mom on her Messalina-like daughter: "You walk into a room, you feel the cold, you know she has been here." About John A. Stapleton, unreconstructed IRA terrorist, it is said, "Stapleton gets in your life, he's all over it, like a virus." As for Dade, their sibling under the skin, he's first presented in the act of wiping out an essentially blameless family—husband, wife, two kids, ages ten and four, simply because he can. The foil to this horrifying trio is Stephen Blake, a quintessential Bruen protagonist: a smart, tough, sensitive boozer who's honed self-loathing to an art through the years. He's reluctantly become the principal in a major theft. With his luckless lover, Siobhan, he makes plans for the money, a new beginning in the New World. But Bruen's fans will know that monsters lie in wait.There are the usual rewards in terms of style, pace and, yes, flashes of mordant wit, but be warned: This is Bruen beyond noir into full-out stygian. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2006)
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  • Tucson (Ariz.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
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adult
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American skin : a novel, by Ken Bruen
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000040963745
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
280 p.
Isbn
9781932112474
Label
American skin : a novel, by Ken Bruen
Publication
Control code
000040963745
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
280 p.
Isbn
9781932112474

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