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Blitz PDF, ePub eBook The South East London police squad are down and out: Detective Sergeant Brant is in hot water for assaulting a police shrink, Chief Inspector Roberts' wife has died in a horrific car accident, and WPC Falls is still figuring out how to navigate her job as a black female investigator in the notorious unit. When a serial killer takes his show on the road, things get worse fo The South East London police squad are down and out: Detective Sergeant Brant is in hot water for assaulting a police shrink, Chief Inspector Roberts' wife has died in a horrific car accident, and WPC Falls is still figuring out how to navigate her job as a black female investigator in the notorious unit. When a serial killer takes his show on the road, things get worse for all three. Nicknamed "The Blitz" by the rabid London media, the killer is aiming for tabloid immortality by killing cops in different beats around the city. Blitz represents Ken Bruen at his edgy, lethal, and sharp-tongued best, and will reward fans of his Jack Taylor novels with another astonishing, smart, and brutal vision from a writer rapidly becoming one of the best of his generation.

30 review for Blitz

  1. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Blitz, part of the Inspector Brant series reads like a modern day take on Ed McBain's perinatal cop 87th precinct series. In typical Bruen-style the writing pulls no punches, short on content but big on impact. Despite being the 4th book in the series it reads perfectly well as a standalone, however I wish I had tracked down the first three books to gain a better understanding of where the characters were at in their professional and personal lives pre-cop killer Blitz being thrown into the mix. Blitz, part of the Inspector Brant series reads like a modern day take on Ed McBain's perinatal cop 87th precinct series. In typical Bruen-style the writing pulls no punches, short on content but big on impact. Despite being the 4th book in the series it reads perfectly well as a standalone, however I wish I had tracked down the first three books to gain a better understanding of where the characters were at in their professional and personal lives pre-cop killer Blitz being thrown into the mix. My rating: 5/5, I thought I knew what I was going to get with this book, having firstly watched the film adaptation a while back, however, Blitz is a vastly different book compared to the film version (as is usually the case). Where the film focuses on cop killer Blitz and Brant's pursuit of him, the original story is more character-centric.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ammar

    Another instalment in Inspector Brant series. The blitz ... A cop killer haunts the police in London. Would Brant be able to catch him ? The cast and characters are still as they are ... Binge drinking and enjoying the life of a copper Snitches are hard to maintain and some go out of their way and something nasty happens to them Bruen is as good as always... I enjoyed the quotations Between chapters and how they gave a hint to the chapters content. It sucks that there are only 7 books in this serie Another instalment in Inspector Brant series. The blitz ... A cop killer haunts the police in London. Would Brant be able to catch him ? The cast and characters are still as they are ... Binge drinking and enjoying the life of a copper Snitches are hard to maintain and some go out of their way and something nasty happens to them Bruen is as good as always... I enjoyed the quotations Between chapters and how they gave a hint to the chapters content. It sucks that there are only 7 books in this series and now I'm heading to start the 5th book The Vixen about a female serial killer

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roger

    Blitz is part of a series of books by Ken Bruen. It did not detract from my reading experience in any way to have not read any of the other books in this series. I think the best way to describe this novel would be to compare it to a fifteen round boxing match with Muhammad Ali-a young Ali at the height of his prowess. Blitz is written in a staccato style I can best compare to a series of jabs by a skilled pugilist-you are moved round the squared circle and have no recourse but to take it as you Blitz is part of a series of books by Ken Bruen. It did not detract from my reading experience in any way to have not read any of the other books in this series. I think the best way to describe this novel would be to compare it to a fifteen round boxing match with Muhammad Ali-a young Ali at the height of his prowess. Blitz is written in a staccato style I can best compare to a series of jabs by a skilled pugilist-you are moved round the squared circle and have no recourse but to take it as you are pummeled mercilessly. Supremely enjoyable and visceral read. This book owes a lot to Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels, which Bruen freely acknowledges quite directly. Good stuff.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

    This book was sent to us by a friend from France, and until we received it, the only thing I knew about Ken Bruen is that he had written the story behind the movie "London Boulevard". I am not sure how the book reads in French, but I have to say that I read this book in 2 hours or so and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Actually, I flew through the novel. It is a simple "whodunit" story with really bad criminals and really bad cops. Everyone bends the rules, everyone blurs the line. Simple, almost form This book was sent to us by a friend from France, and until we received it, the only thing I knew about Ken Bruen is that he had written the story behind the movie "London Boulevard". I am not sure how the book reads in French, but I have to say that I read this book in 2 hours or so and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Actually, I flew through the novel. It is a simple "whodunit" story with really bad criminals and really bad cops. Everyone bends the rules, everyone blurs the line. Simple, almost formulaic, no twists and turns, no gaping mouths... but an impeccable pace. With its quick chapters packing a good punch, the book just rolls with the pedal to the metal, and the ride is so very enjoyable. I am starting the other Bruen our friend had included in the package tonight!

  5. 5 out of 5

    TheRavenking

    Just like the title would indicate this was a quick read. Having already seen the movie I was surprised how faithful it was to the book Though I thought the character and motivations of the killer were better fleshed out in the film and the plot was a bit more streamlined. Bruen manoeuvres about a dozen characters in this book and somehow he makes them come alive with only a few lines of description. This was my first Brant book and it was a lot faster and less contemplative than the Jack Taylor n Just like the title would indicate this was a quick read. Having already seen the movie I was surprised how faithful it was to the book Though I thought the character and motivations of the killer were better fleshed out in the film and the plot was a bit more streamlined. Bruen manoeuvres about a dozen characters in this book and somehow he makes them come alive with only a few lines of description. This was my first Brant book and it was a lot faster and less contemplative than the Jack Taylor novels, which almost seem like Dostoevsky in comparison. The literary references were absent as well, mainly because Brant is more a man of action and he only reads Ed McBain. There was a lot of violence but it was softened by the author's usual wit. Bruen's characters are quite unlikeable but somehow he always manages to find some humanity in them. Although I enjoyed Blitz, I feel like it could have been better with a bit more effort. It felt a bit rushed, almost like a skeleton of a book or a screenplay. I hope this is not the direction Bruen will be taking in the future. Still, you forgive the man a lot, because he is so damn funny.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lee Hannah McDonald

    I'm pretty much obsessed with this author now and especially love this series. Good, good stuff.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    They made a film of this. Jason Statham. Not too shabby. Bruen doesn't mince words.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John of Canada

    I read this in no time flat.Far too violent,black humor,nasty,nasty people.Just my cup of tea.Or whiskey,or poteen.On to the next Ken Bruen.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fourth in the Inspector Brant suspense series set in London and revolving around Sergeant Tom Brant, a corrupt, brutal cop with a heart. My Take Oh, I was so hoping the opening scene with the shrink would be Brant! It's one of the things I like about Brant---he has no compunctions about destroying self-righteous know-it-alls like Dr. Hazel. Then there's Falls' treatment of a group therapy leader...oh yeah…. It's an interesting mix of cops helping each other and, metaphorically, beating on each ot Fourth in the Inspector Brant suspense series set in London and revolving around Sergeant Tom Brant, a corrupt, brutal cop with a heart. My Take Oh, I was so hoping the opening scene with the shrink would be Brant! It's one of the things I like about Brant---he has no compunctions about destroying self-righteous know-it-alls like Dr. Hazel. Then there's Falls' treatment of a group therapy leader...oh yeah…. It's an interesting mix of cops helping each other and, metaphorically, beating on each other. Bruen writes such a realistic "day in the life" for cops that you can't help but feel the brutality, the frustration, and the negativity even as Bruen slides in bits of hope. Very unexpectedly Brant and Nash seem to be developing a friendship??! As a result of their tenuous friendship, Nash asks Brant to come to his dad's wedding---hoo boy! It's pretty obvious that Brant considers Nash a friend when you read his putdown of Nash, Senior. Nelson's concern for Falls also seems to be hopeful, eventually. It's fascinating how beautifully Bruen writes a scene, a story with so few words and yet totally conveys the atmosphere, the slogging frustrations, the despairing hopes. The truths. The Story Brant puts the department shrink in his place even as Falls asks Nash for backup the night she fails her sergeant's exam. The same night the Blitz strikes for the first time. WPC Sandra Miller is the first victim. Roberts is on leave with his wife's death and Porter Nash is put in charge bypassing Brant---the powers-that-be are hoping he'll screw up and they can get rid of Nash. Hey, maybe hit the Trifecta and get rid of Brant as well. We get a peek into Falls' friendship with a skinhead even as she sinks into alcohol and drugs in an attempt to ward off the depression of her recent past. It's her friendship with Metal that saves her life...again and again. Metal has confessed to beating a sand nigger and Falls reaches out to the assigned detective---with an ultimatum for Metal. A detective whom Falls was not expecting to be such a hunk, at least from Roberts' description. Good thing for Falls that Nelson is attracted...it's all that'll save her ass even if she is angry at him over nothing. Meantime, pensioners are getting mugged the day they pick up their checks at the post office and Roberts, as part of his increased energy, points McDonald in the right direction. Too bad, McDonald just can't seem to engage his brain on the work side; his emotions end in disaster. The reality of police work intrudes with arresting Barry and having to let him go in the morning, in spite of McDonald's pathetic attempts at empathy, but it all comes "right" in the end. The Characters Sergeant Brant rips off shopkeepers and criminals and has the back of his fellow cops. Chief Inspector Roberts is another corrupt cop with fewer redeeming values than Brant, but his wife's death seems to spur him on. Says something when his own daughter rags on him to sell the house because she wants her share of the money! WPC Falls has had a slew of ups and downs: her best friend on the force's suicide, a beating that results in a miscarriage, and more. Now she's trying to re-connect with her black side. Sergeant Porter Nash is openly gay and works at being supportive with his fellow cops. PC McDonald is the unit suck-up. He prefers to get ahead by ratting out his fellow cops as opposed to actually doing the work of detecting. Superintendent Brown has ties with crime through his Masonic connections, has all the sensitivity of a dead toad, and hates Brant and Roberts. Detective Inspector Bob Nelson is the lead on the beating of a young Arab. John "Metal" Wales is a young skinhead Falls befriends; she figures if you can "turn him, you could turn anything, anyone". Barry Weiss is a "misunderstood lad" in his eyes. He plans to make a name for himself killing coppers. Radnor Bowen is a lower-class snitch who dresses up to play a better confidence game. Too bad he isn't more careful. Dr. Hazel is the department psychiatrist. A petty bully who "had the backup of "Brutish orderlies, restraints, straitjackets…[and] Thorazine" until he met Sergeant Brant. Harold Dunphy is the news reporter Weiss latches onto to provide the scoop that will set him up. The Cover The cover is a bit peekaboo with its white top border and black bottom; the middle strip is tired eyes looking through with a bright red title and deep yellow author's name. The title is the police work and the name of the serial killer, a Blitz of crime and activity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    Pure Bruen genius! When thinking about authors that write noir well, no one comes to mind quicker than Ken Bruen. He has a remarkable ability to present us with characters that are rotten inside but still manages to makes us care for them. In the Inspector Brant series we get to read about the despicable policeman who has little regard for the law, tramples over people as if they were a small bump on the road and acts as tough as any character out there. But the mesmerizing part is that once you Pure Bruen genius! When thinking about authors that write noir well, no one comes to mind quicker than Ken Bruen. He has a remarkable ability to present us with characters that are rotten inside but still manages to makes us care for them. In the Inspector Brant series we get to read about the despicable policeman who has little regard for the law, tramples over people as if they were a small bump on the road and acts as tough as any character out there. But the mesmerizing part is that once you get to know him you see something in there that makes you a huge fan! It is not only the main character that drives this series, we have a collection of mesmerizing characters joining the ensemble. From the taciturn Roberts, who hits rock bottom in this book, to the explosive Falls, a police woman that mixes it up with the toughest guys, this series has it all. It is not limited to the normal characters either, since Bruen likes to frequently introduce new faces and the bad guys are a riot and have their own surprising characteristics. I am convinced. It doesn't matter what the story is in each book, Bruen can take any plot and make it riveting and dark as night. This is no exception, and the cops are in pursuit of a ruthless killers who has picked them as a target. As is usual the case, Bruen has no compunction about killing familiar characters, so brace yourself. Whatever the case may be, those looking for a hard-boiled crime novel cannot go wrong with this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    RATING: 3.5 PROTAGONIST: Detective Sergeant Brant SETTING: London SERIES: Follow-on to The White Trilogy SUMMARY: Ostensibly, the book is a police procedural with the police squad chasing down a serial killer who is targeting cops in different beats around London. Nicknamed "Blitz", he is not a particularly brilliant killer. In fact, Brant and company are on to him rather quickly. Where the book excels is in its character studies. Brant is a confounding, rough, tough but somehow, against all odds, i RATING: 3.5 PROTAGONIST: Detective Sergeant Brant SETTING: London SERIES: Follow-on to The White Trilogy SUMMARY: Ostensibly, the book is a police procedural with the police squad chasing down a serial killer who is targeting cops in different beats around London. Nicknamed "Blitz", he is not a particularly brilliant killer. In fact, Brant and company are on to him rather quickly. Where the book excels is in its character studies. Brant is a confounding, rough, tough but somehow, against all odds, intriguing character; the other members of the department are all well drawn and have their very individual quirks and outlooks. The unexpected humor incorporated in the book is very welcome, as well as Bruen's unflinching way of looking at life.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I'm not sure I like this book. I'm not even sure I'm supposed to like the book, what with the assholes for characters and the rather thin plot. But oh, Brant and Nash - I would have loved to read more about their blossoming... work relationship ;)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Read the whole book in one day while home sick. Hardboiled and fastpaced - soon to be a movie starring Jason Statham.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maciej Muszalski

    I didn't have high expectations, but come on. I felt like the book is trying so hard to be as badass and as violent as possible. It really wanted to show the bad villain and descent but also bad cops, which nevertheless have some morality when it comes to fighting crime, although their methods don't differ that much from being the acts of crime. This took the whole attention for the author, who apparently forgot all about the plot. The main plot was a bit hmm cliche? but the subplots are just ter I didn't have high expectations, but come on. I felt like the book is trying so hard to be as badass and as violent as possible. It really wanted to show the bad villain and descent but also bad cops, which nevertheless have some morality when it comes to fighting crime, although their methods don't differ that much from being the acts of crime. This took the whole attention for the author, who apparently forgot all about the plot. The main plot was a bit hmm cliche? but the subplots are just terrible. I have no idea why would there be a subplot with McDonalds (the worst one for me, killing that student? come on) or even Falls drug addiction and her Nazi friend. Roberts losing his wife? Falls losing her friend? Yeah, let's just get drunk legless everyday and hit the rock bottom just to be saved by one friendly conversation with someone. Because every human being reacts this way. The villain? Please, his motivation for killing cops is getting stopped for DUI and urinating under the church? Of course he could be mental, but is he really depicted like that? Every character in this book has the same personality, which is being a stone cold drinking-all-the-time action-movie-motherfucker. I also felt like there's no CCTV cameras (although mentioned once specifically not to be working on the main train station), no cellphones in this world. What year is this? Is it supposed to be like this? Or does it just cover the plot hole of some guy going around London and killing everyone in the broad daylight. I have yet to see the movie, which could actually turn alright if it focuses on showing some action and dynamism of the main plot and completely disregarding the side plots, which are totally unnecessary. Pros? Big font on 200 pages, might be good for a quick skim, but I had enough after 10 pages.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Raab Asha

    Well paced. To the point, yet still gripping. Finished in two days. Couldn't put it down. Love the reality and gang of hardboiled but diverse police and detectives. Where he lacks in visual detail, makes up for it in dialogue. Yeah, the dialogue is the sh!t. I started the series on this book (the fourth installment), and I'll help myself to another healthy serving of Ken Bruen. Writing is truly phenomenal as it is defined. I enjoyed being a couch potato until I got to the last page. He's mastere Well paced. To the point, yet still gripping. Finished in two days. Couldn't put it down. Love the reality and gang of hardboiled but diverse police and detectives. Where he lacks in visual detail, makes up for it in dialogue. Yeah, the dialogue is the sh!t. I started the series on this book (the fourth installment), and I'll help myself to another healthy serving of Ken Bruen. Writing is truly phenomenal as it is defined. I enjoyed being a couch potato until I got to the last page. He's mastered the art of storytelling with his own aesthetic that is to die for. Blunt. Jagged. Still human. Yes, still human. 10/10.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Brant and his continuing escapades. One thing it's worthy to note, if reading Ken Bruen for the first time, he often begins each chapter with a quote from the book of a favoured writer. Clearly he's a big fan of Ed McBains. I'm not particularly, but it's worth noting those authors you may not be familiar with and looking up their books. I was familiar with most of the books quoted from, so i was more interested in those i wasn't familiar with. Good reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    this is actually fourth in the series but it's the first one I read. I am really looking forward to reading the next 3 and will soon. I found the cop's lives to be really fascinating, the characters very interesting (some likable, some not) and this book focuses more on the cops themselves than the crime. Toward the ending it got a little unrealistic, but I liked this book a lot anyway.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Although the story has plenty of plot-holes, the pace of the novel keeps the reader's interest until the end. There are a few strands that remain unclear at the end, which probably means that this series will be continued.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nik W

    an intense thrill-ride - I dig it. quick read; almost started + finished it on the bus to Dubrovnik

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sam Allen

    It was a bit pants!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Mitchell

    Good crime novel. A little too violent for my tastes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    I don't know about anyone else but I'm getting a little tired of the "other book" references scattered about his books. I didn't like the ending of this book but so what who am I? yeah I know I'm an eejit just as the book builds to a climax... MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER ?? noo.... please... seemed to me to be a just a lazy ending, like the author didn't want to spend any more time coming up with something better. But seriously folks I would love to drink with Mr Bruen, anytime you want to slam back s I don't know about anyone else but I'm getting a little tired of the "other book" references scattered about his books. I didn't like the ending of this book but so what who am I? yeah I know I'm an eejit just as the book builds to a climax... MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER ?? noo.... please... seemed to me to be a just a lazy ending, like the author didn't want to spend any more time coming up with something better. But seriously folks I would love to drink with Mr Bruen, anytime you want to slam back some J's and drink beer let me know eh?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    If Jack the Ripper Told Bedtime Stories... ...he'd probably ask Ken Bruen to write his scripts. Ken Bruen's "Blitz" is a rock `em, sock `em, no-holds-bar brawl of violent men and hard women on both sides of the law - an in-your-face tale told from the wrong side of London. Remember the days when Lawrence Sanders was bringing crime fiction to the masses with NYPD's tough Captain Delaney and gripping crime drama like "The First Deadly Sin?" Well, carve up Sander's pedestrian prose with a broken-off If Jack the Ripper Told Bedtime Stories... ...he'd probably ask Ken Bruen to write his scripts. Ken Bruen's "Blitz" is a rock `em, sock `em, no-holds-bar brawl of violent men and hard women on both sides of the law - an in-your-face tale told from the wrong side of London. Remember the days when Lawrence Sanders was bringing crime fiction to the masses with NYPD's tough Captain Delaney and gripping crime drama like "The First Deadly Sin?" Well, carve up Sander's pedestrian prose with a broken-off beer bottle, run Captain Delaney through the gutters for some edge, strip out any regard for political correctness or social redeeming value, and you'll start getting a feel for Bruen's brand of raw drama on the mean streets. There's no genius in the story - a maniac decides to declare open season on London's cops, and starts indiscriminately killing them. In tracking down the murderer, this is not as much a police procedural as it is a character study in misfits and miscreants - and that's just the good guys. This is black prose that finds beauty along its jagged edges - a searing journey through vicious deeds and twisted minds that builds to an unexpected and cynically satisfying climax. Ken Bruen is the real deal - if you're hooked on Lehane, Child, Huston, Rankin, or Gischler and haven't added Bruen to your reading list, don't wait another day.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael Tucker

    My second Ken Bruen book in two days. After reading "The Killing of the Tinkers" of the Jack Taylor series I was a little worried. I didn't need to be, "Blitz" delivered. A great noir telling of a serial killer picking on the cops. The "Blitz" is part of the Detective Sergeant Brant and Chief Inspector Roberts series. Bruen introduces a bunch of conflicted and flawed character cops and weaves us through their tangled relationships with one another as the race to find the psychopath that is killin My second Ken Bruen book in two days. After reading "The Killing of the Tinkers" of the Jack Taylor series I was a little worried. I didn't need to be, "Blitz" delivered. A great noir telling of a serial killer picking on the cops. The "Blitz" is part of the Detective Sergeant Brant and Chief Inspector Roberts series. Bruen introduces a bunch of conflicted and flawed character cops and weaves us through their tangled relationships with one another as the race to find the psychopath that is killing their own. An unlikely friendship develops between the corrupt, brutish and bigoted Brant and the vegetarian homosexual Acting Chief Inspector, Porter Nash. Then there is the fractious romantic relationship between, PC Elizabeth Falls, a black female office, and the hansom hunk, Detective Inspect Bob Nelson. There is no mystery here, we find out who the killer is and his motives early in the story. What we have is a great story about the interaction and questionable of the cops as they chase down a killer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Herb Hastings

    When you read Ken Bruen books you need to keep a pen and paper at hand because a wide array of literary and musical allusions come flying your way.His references to quotes from other crime writers are spot on. He must read all the hours of the day he isn't writing. Sometimes, just to change things up he quotes from movies. This novel follows the violent but complex Sgt Brant as he searches for a serial killer targeting police. The villain is a bored psychopath who decides to become famous by kill When you read Ken Bruen books you need to keep a pen and paper at hand because a wide array of literary and musical allusions come flying your way.His references to quotes from other crime writers are spot on. He must read all the hours of the day he isn't writing. Sometimes, just to change things up he quotes from movies. This novel follows the violent but complex Sgt Brant as he searches for a serial killer targeting police. The villain is a bored psychopath who decides to become famous by killing police officers. The tabloids cooperate with his quest. All the characters are flawed and damaged in some way or another. There are no classic clean cut heroes. This is a rush through at one or two sittings book. The story is violent and compelling. After finishing the book, put is aside for a few days and then leisurely revisit it to drink in the gifted story telling style of a master.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Much against my own unwritten rule of starting with the first book in a series, book 4 was the first book I read by this author. Fortunately, that did not prove to be a hindrance. Ken Bruen's style takes a bit of getting used to, but in the end I took quite a liking to it. It's very descriptive in its deceptive simplicity. Feeling sorry for his translators, though: having to translate this kind of contemporary BE is no mean feat. I still have to watch the movie - will let you know about that later Much against my own unwritten rule of starting with the first book in a series, book 4 was the first book I read by this author. Fortunately, that did not prove to be a hindrance. Ken Bruen's style takes a bit of getting used to, but in the end I took quite a liking to it. It's very descriptive in its deceptive simplicity. Feeling sorry for his translators, though: having to translate this kind of contemporary BE is no mean feat. I still have to watch the movie - will let you know about that later. 4 Feb 13 Finally found the time to watch the movie. Peculiar alternative ending - I preferred the original ending. And the character of Brant was more rough-around-the-edges than actually menacing and volatile, the way he is portrayed in the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Very interesting. This being my first foray into the gritty world of Ken Bruen, I wasn't sure what to expect. I discovered the closest approximation to the original noirs of the 1940's than I have encountered in quite some time. Ostensibly, a police procedural about a cop killer who calls himself The Blitz, the book is really more about the tragically flawed officers who try to catch him. The tricks Bruen pulls with form made the pages just fly by. It ended perhaps a bit too abruptly, but I will Very interesting. This being my first foray into the gritty world of Ken Bruen, I wasn't sure what to expect. I discovered the closest approximation to the original noirs of the 1940's than I have encountered in quite some time. Ostensibly, a police procedural about a cop killer who calls himself The Blitz, the book is really more about the tragically flawed officers who try to catch him. The tricks Bruen pulls with form made the pages just fly by. It ended perhaps a bit too abruptly, but I will certainly be checkign out more work by this author. The local library seemed to have many to choose from.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pat Sul

    tough, terse, taunt. stripped down. bare prose. unlikeable characters.violence, corruption. killer on the streets. hard swearing and drinking. little description. lots of talking. enjoyed the movie of this book. book reads like a first draft of the movie. just missing stage directions. stylish in a minimalist sort of way. quick read. good stuff, but no ed mcbain (one of the characters in the book is an ed mcbain fan). will check out bruen again - but not sure i could go for too much of the same s tough, terse, taunt. stripped down. bare prose. unlikeable characters.violence, corruption. killer on the streets. hard swearing and drinking. little description. lots of talking. enjoyed the movie of this book. book reads like a first draft of the movie. just missing stage directions. stylish in a minimalist sort of way. quick read. good stuff, but no ed mcbain (one of the characters in the book is an ed mcbain fan). will check out bruen again - but not sure i could go for too much of the same style. interesting.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Ken Bruen's style of writing won't be for everyone. It is spare and lean and hard biting dialogue. In Blitz, this dialogue is from the pov of newly introduced members of the Southeast London Police force - not a warm and cuddly group, but a hard drinking and hard living group of cops without much in the way of political correctness to their manner of police work. This book's cast and tone is similar to that of the Jack Taylor series (The Guards and Killing the Tinkers) and with the spare prose, Ken Bruen's style of writing won't be for everyone. It is spare and lean and hard biting dialogue. In Blitz, this dialogue is from the pov of newly introduced members of the Southeast London Police force - not a warm and cuddly group, but a hard drinking and hard living group of cops without much in the way of political correctness to their manner of police work. This book's cast and tone is similar to that of the Jack Taylor series (The Guards and Killing the Tinkers) and with the spare prose, Bruen's books read as quickly as a Robert B Parker novel.Recommended for hardboiled noir fans.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sue

    What a surprise! This is my first Ken Bruen read and I loved his dialogue, sharp wit, well defined characters and plotting. The setting is London, from housing to parks to bars the diverse characters are cops and a cop killer. Conflict between old school and new breed; between races; hot heads and dunderheads is indeed irksome but entertaining. I did have to refer often to my Urban Dictionary Ap to define the Brit slang. Hope to read other volumes.

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