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Divorcing Jack (edition 1995)

by Colin Bateman

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Title:Divorcing Jack
Authors:Colin Bateman
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1995), Paperback, 320 pages
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This is a very entertaining book by Colin Bateman an author from my hometown of Bangor, so a lot of place names and expressions well used here in Northern Ireland!! It is however for everyone, it is very funny and fast paced.
Dan Starkey is a journalist with a Belfast Newspaper, he is married to Patricia, both live a life packed with drink and parties. One night Dan meets Margaret, and in a drunken blur ends up having a one night stand with her, after Patricia throws him out. That is when the fun starts!, mystery is afoot as Margaret is murderd, but not before giving Jack a cassette tape and whispering Divorce Jack before she snuffs it!!
Dan ends up all over Belfast with all sorts of dodgy characters, wondering what the heck he has got himself into and whats it all about.
A very good read, lighthearted in a macabre sort of way!! You really should give it a go. ( )
1 vote Glorybe1 | May 9, 2010 |
Lots of local colour for Belfast in this entertaining murder mystery. Dan Starkey stumbles through his mariage, an affair, the Belfast underworld, and Northern Ireland politics. A very good read. ( )
  maunder | Apr 6, 2008 |
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Here's what happens as a result of Belfast columnist Dan Starkey's oh-so-brief dalliance with Margaret McBride, whose "eyes were close together, but not so close as to suggest Catholicism": Dan's tax-inspector wife Patricia catches the pair together and throws Dan out. Margaret McBride and her mother both get killed. The police go a-hunting for Dan. Dan goes a-hunting for an audiotape worth €100,000. Dan's brief acquaintance with Mark Brinn, the Alliance Party candidate for Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, takes an unexpectedly nasty turn. Dan meets a trainee nurse prowling the city dressed as a nun, and then a priest whose life has been ruined by his recent heart transplant. Dan falls in with Cow Pat Coogan, Mad Dog Angus, and several other unsavory types who want the audiotape. Patricia gets kidnapped, and sleeps with her captor. A visiting American journalist whom Dan has been escorting around the city makes an abrupt exit from the scene. Dan drinks a little less than usual and says some very funny things. Several bombs go off. There's nothing special about the story this novel unfolds, but Bateman, himself a Belfast journalist (did you guess?), has struck gold the first time out with his mordant, loquacious hero and his ruined landscape. The promised sequel can't arrive too soon.
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Dan Starkey, journalist and husband to Patricia, has a fling with a poor but beautiful student. When she is found murdered in Belfast, Dan finds himself in a race against time to solve the crime and save himself and his marriage.

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