Religion is for those who fear hell, spirituality is for those who've been


Ken Bruen

Ken Bruen

Ammunition

Ammunition defies fiction and mystery novels clichés. It’s strong stuff, but it’s not cynical. It’s essential.

What is Brant going to read now that Ed McBain is dead?

He’s given up on books and watches TV series: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, True Blood, Family Guy.

Police procedural novels, solving mysteries, that’s not your thing. What matters to you when you write a mystery novel?

Style, shock, in your face attitude, and dark dark humour.

“Don’t lose your sense of humor, you’re going to need it.” “You have a conscience and that’s a dangerous commodity”. This could be the two sentences symbolizing your approach. Are there any others?

There are two… Justice is not dispensed in courts but alleys.
And… Religion is for those who fear hell, spirituality is for those who’ve been.

How do you make us like a character as horrible as Brant?

Humour… and an always sudden surprising generous turn. Just when you have down as black as sin, he does an abrupt act of goodness.

What motivates you to write a Jack Taylor rather than a R&B?

Taylor is work, all I know of heaven and hell, Brant is a holiday, a total joy when I write with no brakes.

In your police station, people are leaving. Are there going to be any new characters?

I have two wild and crazy women waiting in the wings, who are anxious to not only take on Brant but Replace him!

There’s a rumor circulating on the Internet stating that you decided to become a writer while you were eating chips at McDonald’s. Is it a hoax, a conspiration, or is it true?

Mc Donalds… on Jesus Wept, those internet trolls know no bounds of decency… Mc Donald’s, I’m freaking horrified, what a terrible slur.