Divorcing Jack: A Dan Starkey Mystery (Dan Starkey Mysteries)

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Divorcing Jack: A Dan Starkey Mystery (Dan Starkey Mysteries)

Divorcing Jack: A Dan Starkey Mystery (Dan Starkey Mysteries)

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Given that what’s happening in Northern Ireland isn’t exactly to be taken lightly, it’s to be expected that, in the U.

The whirlwind of death, danger, politics and sex that picks him up and plunks him down, well the worse for wear, begins with a kiss wrapped around a shared breath mint. Publishers Weekly took a similar stance, stating "the plot machinations are formulaic", yet tempering this by stating that "what makes this tale stand out, however, is the wit and charm of its protagonist", and that "the intricate Irish politics are gracefully rendered, and Bateman's wry take on the gritty Belfast landscape adds an appealingly light touch", concluding again that "the author apparently has another Dan Starkey novel in the works; that's very good news indeed". Parker endeavors to help his friend, but all too soon is himself a victim of rival forces trying to locate the vital evidence for which the unfortunate Margaret was murdered. Front-runner Michael Brinn (Robert Lindsay) is running on a peace ticket, and is opposed by hard-liners on both sides. In 1990 he received a Journalist’s Fellowship to Oxford University for his reports from Uganda, and he has received a Northern Ireland Press Award for his weekly satirical column.The Divorcing Jack of the title is a very clever twist and one I unfortunately already knew of because of the 1998 movie of the book which I remembered little of when it came to reading the novel, bar the Divorcing Jack twist.

I've always really enjoyed his books, in particular the Mystery Man series but this one didn't do it for me. Divorcing Jack is the debut novel and first of the Dan Starkey series by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman, released on 28 January 1995 through HarperCollins.

I’d heard good things about Colin Bateman, and decided to start with his first, a 1998 thriller set during the troubles in Northern Ireland. One evening, drunkenly making his way through a city park, he meets the attractive Margaret (Laura Fraser) and soon finds himself spending the night in her loft apartment.

He has some moral core – he can’t kill a gangster in cold blood when given the chance – but it’s wafer thin. The sarcasm and fallibility of a hero doing all the wrong things for all the drunk reasons plays beautifully against the fast paced nature of this thriller. This does not seem to be satisfactory for Keegan, but luckily for Starkey, he and his wife are saved in the last minute by Cooper, who storms in dressed as a nun wearing guns. For some reason, I always imagined Colin Bateman as a John Cleese meets Oscar Wilde kind of figure, which says enough about my admiration for the author.Absolutely loved the Mystery Man series, and was planning on delving into all the other books by Colin Bateman, but maybe I’ll save these for the kindle instead. The result is that he kicks Margaret's mother, who had come by to visit, down the stairs, killing her. This paves the way for bad decision number two and the beginning of a domino effect in Starkeys life.

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