Divorcing Jack

by Bateman, Colin, 1962-

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
Wilkinsburg Public Library Mystery FIC BAT MYS Dan Starkey # 1
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  FIC BAT MYS Dan Starkey # 1
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Witty, fast-paced and engaging, Bateman's debut novel deals with the dilemma of a young Belfast columnist who looks beyond his marriage for sexual satisfaction only to get caught up in a search for damaging information about a prominent political candidate. When Dan Starkey returns to the apartment of his new conquest, Margaret McBride, after going out for pizza, he finds the young brunette riddled with bullets; worse, Starkey accidentally kills the woman's mother during a subsequent struggle in the dark. Margaret turns out to have been a politician's daughter, and her dying utterance (``divorce... Jack... divorce'') sends the fugitive Starkey in pursuit of a tape that reveals the sordid past of the leading candidate in the upcoming election for prime minister. As he hunts for the tape, Starkey is pursued by several parties, including an IRA contingent with a reputation for mayhem and violence. With the exception of an unexpected ending turning on double murder, the plot machinations are formulaic, but Bateman rarely lets the action flag. What makes this tale stand out, however, is the wit and charm of its protagonist, a sweet-tempered cynic with a devilish sense of humor. The intricate Irish politics are gracefully rendered, and Bateman's wry take on the gritty Belfast landscape adds an appealingly light touch. The author apparently has another Dan Starkey novel in the works; that's very good news indeed. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Series Dan Starkey novels
#1 - Divorcing Jack
#2 - Of wee sweetie mice and men
#3 - Turbulent priests
#4 - Shooting Sean
#5 - The Horse with my name
#6 - Driving big Davie
#7 - Belfast confidential
#8 - Nine inches
Subjects Belfast (Northern Ireland) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Arcade Pub.,1995
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Description 264 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 1559703105
Other Classic View