At the end of Ken Bruen's Sanctuary, the narrator, Jack Taylor, says, "The church has ways of covering up that would make the Guards seem like amateurs."
Just a little later, he says, "...one way or another, the Church crushed anything outside their control."
This book has a chilling villain, created, in part, by the church.
When you have a strong drive to justice, and you can't find justice in the religious institutions you should trust, you can be destroyed. In that way, this insane killer and Jack Taylor have something in common.
Many of the Taylor books deal with religious abuse. The sad thing is, the abuses are believable. And, in his own way, Jack rages against the abuses.
Jack works hard to destroy himself. His drinking and drugging return in Sanctuary, probably making him better able to function, or, at least, able to function at all. But there is a little healing too, a little more connection with his few friends. At least, I hope so.
I think I read somewhere that there's another Jack Taylor book coming out soon. I'm looking forward to seeing Jack's story continue.