Friday 6 May 2011

Book: Blitz by Ken Bruen

First published in 2002 this hard-hitting cop killer story has been re-vamped to coincide with the release of the film adaptation.

The main character is Brant, a tough cop who thinks nothing of beating up suspects and leaning on witnesses or anyone else he can make use of.

When cops begin to get bludgeoned to death across the city Brant and the team must use all their expertise to nail the clever killer.

While Brant is top of the bill this is really an ensemble piece with cool sub-plots. Brant himself becomes a bit part player and it’s rookie cop McDonald (out to impress his superiors) and female officer Falls (a recovering addict) who steal the show.

There are a couple of Brant novels prior to this one but it has the feel of a tv pilot episode, albeit for a superior series. The action moves along swiftly, helped by short snappy chapters. The one irk is that Bruen often uses phrases like……Brant was confused. “I’m confused” said Brant……this spoils the flow but thankfully it seems to disappear about half way through the book. Otherwise this is a tremendous piece of crime fiction and I now consider myself a Ken Bruen fan. I fully intend to check out more of his work.

Following the disappointing London Boulevard (the last film adaptation of a Bruen novel) it will be interesting to see how the on-screen version turns out. Especially with action star Jason Statham in the lead role. Hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised but it will have to be a pretty good film to live up to this brilliant book.

Highly recommended for fans of violent, fast-paced, crime stories.

Ric’s Rating: 91%


  1. This is right up my alley! thanks for the review, I'm certainly going to read it!

  2. Hope you enjoy it Pat, be sure to let me know.

  3. Looking forward to the reading the book and watching the film! Big Statham Fan.

  4. Let me know what you think Ty.


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