Jack Taylor, Series 1Closed Captioning
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Based on the bestselling crime fiction by Ken Bruen Self-destructive, pigheaded, and over-fond of the bottle, Jack Taylor (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) is a forty-something ex-cop trying to earn a living as a private detective in his native Galway. Taylor has burned a lot of bridges, but he still has a knack for uncovering ugly truths. In his new trade, Taylor finds evil at every turn: the serial murders of young female factory workers, a vicious vigilante group executing summary justice, and a sadistic nun dubbed “Lucifer” by her former charges. Set against the rugged backdrop of western Ireland, this crime noir series depicts a country in transition, caught between the certainties of the past and the anxieties of a post-bubble future. Those same strains play out in the life of Jack Taylor, a man seeking to reinvent himself in a community with a long memory and an uneasy attitude towards change.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Guards||After a series of apparent suicides that have left four young women dead, a worried mother hires Taylor to find her missing 18-year-old daughter. But something about his new client makes the detective uneasy. While getting to the bottom of the earlier deaths, he discovers that the mother may have an ulterior motive for her search.||1:22:31||$4.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Pikemen||Determined to restore law and order, a group of local vigilantes known as the Pikemen is meting out its own brand of rough justice on the streets of Galway. Taylor comes face-to-face with the group during one of his investigations but soon ends up on the wrong side of the law himself.||1:30:22||$4.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Magdalen Martyrs||Taylor is hired to look into past abuses at the infamous Magdalen laundries, the city’s home for “wayward girls.” The daughter of a former inmate wants him to track down a woman called “Lucifer,” a particularly brutal nun who worked there. In the wake of two execution-style murders, Taylor realizes he’s not alone in searching for Lucifer.||1:28:57||$4.99||View in iTunes|
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Disclaimer: I have never read any of the books.
That being said I think that this is a very interesting and entertaining mystery series. Having family from Ireland, having travelled there a few times, it's great to see the Irish countryside and culture portrayed on the screen again. Kudos.
So many detectives named Jack...
I needed a show similar to that of Luther starring the very talented Idris Elba--Jack Taylor was what I encountered and so far it satisfies me. It's not as dramactic and gory as Luther, however. American crime shows are lukewarm.