Incorrigible boor Jack Taylor is fired from the Garda (Irish national police) for brutality against a government minister. His experience, some contacts and cheap rates get him started as ...
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A man is brutally murdered by an unseen assailant. We glimpse the murder weapon: A steel spearhead with a scythe-like hook on the side, mounted on a shaft. Some days later and Jack Taylor ... See full summary »
Galway Private Investigator JACK TAYLOR is hired by the daughter of a former inmate of the infamous Magdalen Laundries to find the identity of a former nun, known only as LUCIFER, who was ... See full summary »
A female student dies from a fall from the roof of the university. She is dressed in a theatre costume and wears a ring of paper with a quote from the play "Deirdre of the Sorrows" typed ... See full summary »
A priest who had just returned from 20 years of working overseas is found beheaded in his church. Father Malachy confesses to Jack that now he himself fears for his life and reveals a ... See full summary »
Set in Galway, the series is based on Ken Bruen's crime novels and features Iain Glen as the leading character, Jack Taylor, an old-school detective, and a maverick who often drinks much more than is good for him.
Incorrigible boor Jack Taylor is fired from the Garda (Irish national police) for brutality against a government minister. His experience, some contacts and cheap rates get him started as private eye in all but name, assisted by his even less law-abiding buddy, painter Sutton. Anne Henderson hires him, suggesting her missing teenage daughter was the latest in a series of suspicious 'suicides', which he traces to sleazy manager Ford's factory and illegal sex recordings. That turns out only the tip of the iceberg, even before Jack is beaten badly and old publican Sean is fatally run over. Written by
Jack Taylor's informant named China, is a nod of the head by author Ken Bruen in his first novel (2001) to author Alan Hunter's original informant character named China, in the George Gently series of novels; first published in 1955. See more »
When Jack finds the gun, it is a Smith & Wesson; when Jack first points the gun @ the dock, it is a vented/ribbed Colt Python; then, it goes back to a Smith & Wesson. See more »
Ah Jack, I know your father; Paddy, Paddy Taylor, man of subtlety and taste, is he not?
He had his moments.
One deduces, from the use of the past tense, that he is no longer with us.
Or worse, in England.
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The Guards is a high quality film noir thriller. A fine script retains tension throughout with a late twist at the finale. Based and true to Ken Rruen's original novel (which I subsequently read) the film has witty dialogue throughout which the actors pitch perfectly. The setting is Galway which the filmmakers make full use of as a backdrop. There are precious few quality Irish based dramas so I hope there will be more of this series made. The cast is lead by Iain Glen who is really charismatic in the central role of Jack Taylor. Having been kicked out of the Guards Jack tries to earn a living by setting himself up as a private eye. Part of the tension that permeates throughout is a sense that Jack will dissolve more than he solves.If you like intelligent, unsentimental and distinct drama you will really enjoy The Guards.
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