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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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". This paves the way for bad decision number two and the beginning of a domino effect in Starkeys life.

Pic, which takes place in 1999, unfolds against a background of a hard-fought political campaign for the new post of prime minister of Northern Ireland. While he does overindulge Starkey's sexual magnetism and the female characters could have had a lot more agency, Bateman does a stand-up job of keeping this farcical 'wrong man' story constantly engaging and just the right kind of cheeky.In this audio version, the narrator has the right accent and brings the characters to life but he does read quite a few sentences with what I would consider the wrong emphasis. This black comedy is set around the life of Northern Irish reporter Dan Starkey, a married drunk, who gets entangled in a web of political intrigue and Irish sectarian violence, at the same time as Northern Ireland is set to elect a new Prime Minister. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. I generally liked the book and no small part of that comes from recognizing the small bars and larger political landscape of Belfast from the mid 90s.

What followed are pages of nonstop action where Dan tried to stay one step ahead of his pursuers but consistently failed. Taxi driver - Bronagh Gallagher Camera (Rank color), James Welland; editor, Nick Moore; music, Adrian Johnston; production design, Claire Kenny; art director, Tom McCullagh; costume designer, Pam Tait; sound (Dolby digital), Mervyn Moore; assistant director, Mary Soan; line producer, Jane Robertson; casting, Ros and John Hubbard. But, it would keep me from wanting to box this characters ears as I burst out laughing at his latest installment of a good idea. The beautiful Laura Fraser (who had recently made a career for herself in Hollywood with supporting roles in movies like Titus, Vanilla Sky, and A Knight's Tale; but anyone who happened to catch the excellent BBC mini-series Neverwhere will surely remember her as the charming Door) has a part that's brief but unforgettable.Remake of the 1961 Disney comedy about separated identical twins who meet at camp, change places and hatch a plot to reunite their divorced parents. Father Flynn, a Catholic priest with the transplanted heart of a Protestant, could easily have been the focus of his own brilliant story commenting on Ireland's religious division. Starkey realises that Margaret's last words were not divorce Jack, but rather an attempt to say the name of the composer on the tape Starkey had been given earlier, a tape that he had now sold to a street-vendor. Caffrey’s direction extracts the most of this material, though a reprise of significant images from the film at the end (presumably designed as an aid to slower members of the audience) is a mistake.

Over-stretched and under-thought, the improbable story-line limps from chapter to chapter looking for a thread which will haul it to safety". For me, Bateman immediately invites comparisons with Adrian McKinty, another Irish novelist setting his stories during the troubles, and the Bateman does not hold up well. Bateman’s wit carries this: as thrillers go, Divorcing Jack is laugh-out-loud funny – in a dark and violent way. 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. Ein klassisches Colin-Bateman-Buch: ungeheuer geistreich mit typisch irischem Witz, rasant, spannend, manchmal absurd.Based on first impressions I believe I will read more of his books, even if this one did not deliver on all fronts. The performance is stilted and doesn't flow well, which is a shame, because this is a great comic novel.



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