When Sandra Ruttan declared this Ken Bruen Appreciation Day, I didn't see the point. I mean, enough people appreciate Ken to fill several months. In fact, before I'd read a word of his work, I'd heard what a warm, welcoming, great guy Ken was. I'd seen his blurbs bursting with praise for other writer's books. I thought, It's gotta be too good to be true.
And then I met Ken at a signing of Bust with Jason Starr. As soon as we were introduced, Ken's eyes lit up and he shook my hand and I could see it was true. Despite everything he's been through, all the bleakness he writes about, his warmth and good nature remain.
Here's to you, Ken.