Ken Bruen is hailed as one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades. Born in Galway, he spent twenty-five years traveling the world before he began his writing career. An English teacher, Bruen worked in South Africa, Japan, and South America, where he once spent a short time in a Brazilian jail. He has two long-running series: one starring a disgraced former policeman named Jack Taylor, the other a London police detective named Inspector Brant.
Praised for their sharp insight into the darker side of today’s prosperous Ireland, Bruen’s novels are marked by grisly atmosphere and scalpel sharp prose. Among the best known works are his White Trilogy (1998-2000) and The Guards (2001), the Shamus award-winning first novel in the Jack Taylor series. “The Guards” is the pilot TV movie for the prime time series based on the novels by Ken Bruen. The pilot film is completed and the series is in development.