The Ghosts of Galway by Ken Bruen. Published by Grove Atlantic

Jack Taylor could use some good luck. The poor guy has been suffering after getting the wrong diagnosis from his doctor and has tried to kill himself. He’s also badly in need of an infusion of cash. That’s where the Ukrainian comes in. He wants Jack to track down  The Red Book, something that could knock the Vatican for a loop. At last best guess the book was in the possession of a priest who’s run away from the Vatican and is now hiding out in Galway. Jack has a serious dislike of the Church, and priests in particular, but money is money. The whole thing gets even more complicated when the woman Jack has loved for years also gets involved in the search for the book, leaving him wondering who he can trust and if he will live to see another sunrise. This is a tense and sometimes violent story and one that grabbed me from the first page. Jack is the hero you know you shouldn’t like, but you can’t help yourself

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