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.
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.