American Skin

American Skin

Book - 2006
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A first American novel by the popular Irish noir writer traces the collision of everyman Stephen Blake, his girlfriend Siobhan, his best friend Tommy, an IRA terrorist named Stapleton, and an American psychopath named Dade, who interact between the dive bars of New York and the harsh Southwest desert.

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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. American Skin is the long-awaited American novel by Ken Bruen, the hardboiled master of Irish Noir.

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Stephen Blake comes from a long line of Galway Blakes, a family famous in history - or infamous - for jettisoning its Catholic roots to save their land from the English. As a young man he was always happiest when drinking with his mates, and a ready hand in a fight. With no particular plans in mind, he went up to study at Trinity College, and immediately afterward "took the king's shilling" by joining the British army, and came out harder, leaner, and suspect in the eyes of his countrymen. Now nearly forty, he is a good man blown in bad directions. Out of misplaced loyalty he agrees to take part in an IRA bank heist. Doomed to failure from the start, it goes disastrously wrong when his friend is killed, and Stephen must leave Ireland, determined to reinvent himself as an American. Now 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.

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Traces the collision of Stephen Blake, his girlfriend Siobhan, his best friend Tommy, an IRA terrorist named Stapleton, and an American psychopath named Dade, who interact between the dive bars of New York and the harsh Southwest desert.

Publisher: Boston : Kate's Mystery Books, [2006]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781932112474
1932112472
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BRUEN...K
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm

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Nov 04, 2011

Very good Bruen. A more elaborate story than we're used to and set in Ireland and America, American Skin may be his best ( toughest?) novel yet ( I read a few and, happily, lots more to come). After the death of Donald E Westlake and his wonderful Dortmunder I do think that Ken Bruen has become my fetish writer. And it all began with "The White Trilogy" and that obnoxious but so much charming (?) character D S Brant. A pleaser to read. Every time I feel like I'm having dessert.

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