Read Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice by Ken Bruen Online


“If this thriller was any more hard-boiled, you’d be able to paint a face on it and roll it down the hill . . . Noir at its grungiest”—The Good Book GuideCooper had done his time in prison. Now on the outside, he’d set up a legitimate business with Doc, who he’d met inside. They called themselves “Righteous Repo,” and they even had an accountant. The repo firm did good bus“If this thriller was any more hard-boiled, you’d be able to paint a face on it and roll it down the hill . . . Noir at its grungiest”—The Good Book GuideCooper had done his time in prison. Now on the outside, he’d set up a legitimate business with Doc, who he’d met inside. They called themselves “Righteous Repo,” and they even had an accountant. The repo firm did good business, but it wasn’t anywhere near as exhilarating as the bank jobs they did on the side.Ken Bruen was born in Ireland in 1951. The author of 16 novels, including The Guards and The Dramatist in the Jack Taylor series, he now lives in Galway City with his wife and daughter. The new Jack Taylor novel, The Magdalene Martyrs, is published by St. Martin’s Press....

Title : Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781852427825
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice Reviews

  • Josh
    2019-04-22 08:30

    Bruen’s early voice in HER LAST CALL TO LOUISE MACNEICE reads like Duane Swierczynski by way of Ray Banks, yet the addictive and unique style that forms to create renowned PI Jack Taylor is still prevalent as Bruen so effortlessly engulfs the reader in his world of noir through his lead character Cooper and femme fatale Cassie.Cassie is crazy and Cooper a criminal. One night of lust turns Cooper’s already troubled life upside down. Fatal attraction to say the least. There’s also the matter of a robbery gone horribly wrong which results in the murder of a bank teller and the subsequent hunt for Copper by the law and lawless alike. Being wanted is a distant second to living in isolation for Cooper. HER LAST CALL TO LOUISE MACNEICE gives the reader everything you’d want from a pulp-noir story. It’s train wreck following train wreck following train wreck as Cooper wades through the proverbial in an attempt to rid the stench of failure as much as find higher ground to ward off all those pitchforks.I had a lot of fun reading this.Review first appeared on my blog: http://justaguythatlikes2read.blogspo...

  • Paul
    2019-04-16 09:20

    Cooper & his mate, Doc are bank robbers with a side line in the repo business to keep the IRS happy. All goes well till Cooper meets crazy lady, Cassie (“Not short for Cassandra, not Cass, it's Cassie”) & from then on, everything in Cooper's life takes a nose-dive. “No, I'm serious Davey. She didn't like most people, but she fuckin' loathed you.” I tried to interpret this as grief but, if he kept it up, he'd really be in bloody shock. “She said you were a cold fish, that beneath your frosty exterior was more ice.” I thought she'd had a rough deal. Doc's years in prison, his uncertain future, her horrendous death… and then I thought… fuck her.” “Back he came with a kitchen knife, saying, 'This fucker's not even sharp, but what the hell.' Cassie said, 'Let's not do this.' 'Get real babe, he's a liability.' And bent down whisperin', 'Thing about a blade is… it's so personal, goddamn intimate. And I’m getting hot already…. Cassie… i'm gonna need my ashes hauled.' The shot was loud in the room & a coin-sized hole appeared above his left eye. Then he fell beside me. Cassie said, 'We're pulling the plug on your show, the ratings just aren't there.' Ken Bruen's second published work, 'Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice' is a fast paced noir tale with a touch of black humor. Highly recommended.4 stars from me.

  • Nigel Bird
    2019-04-26 10:21

    I love the title of this book. It's a lesson in how to suck a punter in. The link to poetry was a strong pull for me and also the fact that it doesn't give anything away, the latter possibly explaining why it took me 3 or 4 pages to find the rhythm.It opens with a fast flow, like the floodgates have been opened on a river-of-consciousness. Once I'd worked out how to surf the waves, a simple case of going with the tide, I was completely taken by the style and the first-person narrative.Page 1, there's a bank robbery going a bit wobbly. Our man Cooper shoots a cashier in the face with his shotgun.Next comes the story of how things came to this. Why, after a successful run of raids this is the one that's not gone to plan. It turns out it's all to do with a woman named Cassie.Cooper meets Cassie when he saves her from a security guard while she's on a shoplifting spree. She's young and attractive and has an impulsive nature, all of which lead to the pair ending up having amazing sex. As it happens, Cassie is rather unbalanced. She makes Cooper's headcase of a partner seem sedate. Not only is the woman obsessed with MacNeice, she also walks off with a stash of Cooper's cash and one of his guns before he wakens from a Mickey Finn she slipped to him.From that point on, Cooper's life becomes rather complicated. Cassie keeps turning up at the most inopportune moments and it's all highly entertaining and unpredictable.I have the feeling that Bruen had a lot of fun writing this. He's pushed all the angles to breaking point, throwing in poetry snippets (whether they be transparent, translucent or opaque to this reader), lively humour, a marvellous police detective and lots of poking at the British class structure.This was a real pleasure of a book and I'd heartily recommend it.

  • J.D.
    2019-04-14 07:08

    Martial arts film star Bruce Lee used to demonstrate what he called the "Three Inch Punch." He'd hold his fist a mere three inches away from his target, yet when he struck from that absurdly short range, he put so much power behind the strike that he could propel a man across the room and shatter his ribs in the process.Ken Bruen's books are like that: short, yet powerful and brutally effective. Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice is a short work, but there's a lot of story packed into those 120-odd pages. Cooper, an English ex-con, successful repo man, and sometime bank robber, hooks up with Cassie, an American shoplifter who is obsessed with the poetry of Irish writer Louis MacNeice. Cassie is beautiful, captivating, and barking mad. She's a big ball of chaos rolling through the landscape of urban London, and she keeps popping up in Cooper's carefully ordered criminal life at random intervals...or are they so random after all?Her Last Call to Louis MacNeiceis dark and gritty, a classic examples of the best of crime fiction from across the Atlantic. One warning, though: as Brad Pitt told Harrison Ford in the movie The Devil's Own: "It's not an American story. It's an Irish one. Don't look for a happy ending."

  • Mark
    2019-04-19 09:18

    Bruen's second published novel is a dark, fast-moving shotgun blast of South London noir with a splash of Irish Whiskey to top it off. Cooper's happy little life of crime goes very bad, very fast, once Cassie enters his life. This is a great one-sitting read, something like an Anglo-Irish Elmore Leonard doing a novella-length riff on KISS ME, JUDAS with Guy Ritchie directing. Perfect as a literary palate-cleanser. (Now I need to find Bruen's RILKE ON BLACK, which apparently comes before this one and features some of the same characters.)

  • Tim Niland
    2019-04-15 13:08

    Cooper is an ex-con in London who is part owner of a repossession business called Righteous Repo with a fella named Doc (because he wears Doc Martens, not because of any medical talent) whom he met in prison. Cooper and Doc also have a profitable side business, namely in bank robbery. When Cooper meets Cassie, a sexy American tourist, the wheels start to come off. Cassie is clearly mentally ill, obsessed with the poet of the title and soon becomes obsessed with Cooper and becomes the bane of his existence. When the cops come sniffing around, things go from bad to worse as Cooper and Doc plan the big bank score and Cassie's brother makes the scene. This is a short and quick blast of noir from Bruen, novella length really and the narrative hits fast and hard. Cassie is the femme fatale writ large and everybody from the cops to the crooks is on the take and looking to grab whatever he or she can get their hands on. This is a good solid crime story, Bruen as always keeps the kettle at full boil and the action is fast and furious. Recommended for fans of the hard boiled genre.

  • Manuel Antão
    2019-04-23 10:09

    [image error]There's just something about Ken's writing and his characters that reaches into me...There's not much to speak of in terms of plot, but I was so caught up with Bruen's storytelling and voice that it obliterated everything else. There's no story? No big deal. The characters are an archetype? Most of them are, at their core. But the voice, the sheer, barely concealed rage of it, is what grabbes me.Ken Bruen is still writing some of the most original, noir, gritty and visceral crime fiction there is about at the moment. Hard-Boil at its best. "

  • Nona
    2019-04-14 07:31

    I'd call this one a work for Bruen purists only. It has a lot of classic gritty noir elements, but they don't add up to anything, not even a character piece. The author's penchant for pop culture references is in overdrive, and adds the additional complication of unmooring the story's place in time: in one sentence it's mentioned that the movie Repo Man recently came out, then a little while later there's a reference to the sitcom Friends, without the passage of several years in between.

  • Harry
    2019-04-01 10:11

    Frühwerk des sonst fantastischen Ken Bruen, das allerdings leider noch gar nicht wirklich fantastisch ist. Ziemlich flache Charaktere gepaart mit einem unspannendem Plot dürften selbst Hardboiled-Puristen wenig begeistern. Auch wenn die Sprache von Bruen damals schon über beinahe jeden Zweifel erhaben war und viele Elemente seiner späteren Werke hier auch zu finden sind, wie z.B. witzige Dialoge, wirkt das alles leider noch sehr unausgegoren und gezwungen. Beruhigend, dass auch ein Ken Bruen nicht vom Himmel gefallen ist.

  • Martin Sharp
    2019-03-28 12:30

    Everything that Mr Bruen writes is wonderful. This short story revolves around Cooper - out of prison after a sentence for GBH - who also happens to be an armed bank robber.He encounters a mysterious woman who becomes obsessed with him and seems intent on getting him at any cost.Although a short story, the characters are fully rounder and the plot is both complex and absorbing.Highly recommended

  • Ladiibbug
    2019-04-20 13:10

    "A celtic Dashiell Hammett" (book cover quote)Ken Bruen's a big favorite author - gritty, spare, hard boiled Irish author, writes crime stories.In this short book, Cooper a legit repo man by day, bank robber by night, meets Cassie -- bold, brash and very mentally disturbed.

  • Sam Soule
    2019-04-03 14:23

    I've finally bought into Bruen. Totally. The sparse hard-action prose. The consistently snap-happy dialog. The amazingly deep crime fiction fanboy-ness (-ish? -ism?). This be a small story with a big screen tone (realized soon). Raymond. Higgins. Pelecanos. Thank you.

  • Dan Mccarthy
    2019-03-29 06:17

    It's all about the pace and the poetry. The characters are replaced with uncertainty. Sometimes a writer has more confidence in where he is going than the reader. This is one of those times. Sticking with Bruen ends up being fun.

  • Bradley
    2019-04-03 07:07

    Cooper gets out of jail and continues in his villainous ways. Very dark, kind of a jazz riff on noir.

  • Sandi
    2019-04-10 10:06

    Nobody does dark better and with more style than Bruen and this early work is another great example of his skill.

  • Lurple
    2019-03-31 12:26

    One of Bruen's lesser novels but still worth reading. If you're looking for modern noir, Bruen should be on your bookshelf (or ebook reader". I recommend starting with The Guards.

  • Simon Parsons
    2019-04-26 06:31

    Pretty standard for the Bruen book I have read - Nastyish crook, psychotic woman, fast story.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-16 06:07

    An early Bruen that shows how he has refined his skills and voice over his career, but one thing that remains a constant delight to me is Bruen's willingness to completely suckerpunch his characters.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-16 12:04

    Fast paced and brutal, I wish it were longer.