Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review: AMERICAN SKIN by Ken Bruen

American SkinFrom the back of the book:
Stephen Blake is a good man blown in bad directions. He and girlfriend Siobhan, best friend Tommy, IRA terrorist Stapleton, and a particularly American sort of psychopath named Dade, are all on a collision course somewhere on the road between the dive bars of New York, and the pitiless desert of the Southwest.

My Review:
For fans of Bruen's Jack Taylor series,  AMERICAN SKIN will feel out of place initially from the trademark prose of those books. Read a few pages and the same nihilistic noir enriched goodness seeps in. In jig time AMERICAN SKIN brings back that same feeling.

I love this book. It was a favorite of mine back when I read it in 2009 and nothing has changed in this re-read some five years later. 

This is Breun's American noir with a distinct Irish flavor. We've got travelling criminals/murders/temptresses and a whole cast of characters which create a mixed dynamic of dynamite.

Blood flows like Jameson as the past catches up with all the characters. Headlined by Stephen Blake - a man with toxic friends, this tale of lust, loathing and lifelessness, AMERICAN SKIN is utterly gripping and a must read for fans of Bruen and noir. 

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