Ken Bruen. The Guards. Brandon 2001. The Guards is Bruen’s first Jack Taylor novel and is set in Galway with the Celtic Tiger’s at its most vigorous. The novel begins with Jack explaining how he had to leave the Garda Síochána, the Republic of Ireland’s police force and becoming a ‘finder’. Asked by a mother to investigate her daughter’s death, Taylor finds himself drawn into the darkness of Galway, its drinkers’ pubs, violence and corruption.