Ken Bruen writes like a cast-off angel, with hard-earned clarity, honest brutality and a depth of compassion that is astonishing. His voice is unmatched in Noir Fiction-in ALL fiction- and I was so haunted by The Magdelene Martyrs that I could not sleep the night I finished it. His refusal to speak anything but truth, no matter how confrontational, is intensely liberating for his readers; his defiance of corrupt clergy is heroic - he is as essential for this Recovering Catholic as water and air. I have not had the honor of meeting Ken in person yet, but we have spoken numerous times on his forum. His kindness, acceptance and amazing sense of humor only deepened my admiration for him. Congratulations on your day, Ken. I will make it my own personal Holy Day of Obligation, if you don't mind.