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I really like Bateman's books (with or without the 'Colin'), particularly the Dan Starkey series. Starkey, a former journalist, now a PI, is sarcastic, irreverent and very, very Norn Iron... The humour in Bateman's work is inextricably intwined in Northern Ireland's recent history and politics, much of it so local that I wonder how it travels. In this novel, for instance, I would not expect a reader from outside of the province to 'get' the High Chaparral reference or understand why Starkey, a B...
I enjoyed this, but I’m sticking to my tougher ratings, as i was just giving everything 4 & 5 stars.I picked this out after reading some great reviews on AmazonIt’s a private detective novel, set in Ireland (I'm guessing a lot of Colin Batemans books are?) It's the usual clichéd tough guy, wise cracking, womanising, hard drinking private dick stuff, but with both a modern twist (The Private Dick, Dan Starkey is like myself, an ex punk, who Loves the Clash and Liverpool FC) and a hint of mysticis...
I would probably have given this five stars had I not read any of Colin bateman's other dan starkey books. Good story, good writing. He just doesn't surprise me any more.
The Dead Pass has a beginning, middle and an end. It keeps its feel throughout. The lead character, an unpaid private detective, found himself in a lot of horrible situations seemingly with no escape. Even though there was murder, violence and blood, the main character always seemed to have a snarky attitude with occasional references to punk rock. The story took place in a very cold Ireland with many references to the old Ireland that is no more. The book is recommended and why it was given fou...
Usual Bateman caper. Nice to see a different city namely stroke city. Little glimpses of the Belfast humour . Nice undercurrent of political https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2... re the peace process and how easily it could be unrivalled.Usual Bateman caper nice to see a different setting ie stroke city. Glimpses of the quick dark Belfast humour .. Lovely subtle referencing to the peace process and how fragile it is and how quickly it can unravel.
this is the last (or perhaps just latest.) book in the Dan Starkey series, he’s a former Belfast Journalist turned Private Eye. These books have always mixed humour and violence and usually have interweaving stories, this one involved a child messiah, Irish Republican Terrorism, porn and the birth of Dan’s first Grandchild (kinda.) Bateman does a few other series of books and I’d recommend him to people who like that kinda thing.
Another great book in the Dan Starkey series.“The Troubles” are over in Northern Ireland, but not everyone is happy about this.The fun loving private investigator Dan Starkey seems to get tangled up with ever bad person in Northern Ireland, but because he is such a goofball and the dialogue is witty and fun without being annoying this is a great book series.
I love this guy's writing. I kinda want to say it makes me want to travel to Ireland and check out the places, but then again!He's got a great sense of plot and humour.I hadn't read a Dan Starkey series book in years. So glad I read this, it was even better than I remembered. Great book.
more irish fun
A great Irish read.
It was grand to be back in the roller coaster company of Dan Starkey the reluctantly big hearted Belfast private investigator... and now sort of grandfather. I very much enjoyed Bateman's description of young parents - very instructive for professionals.However, Starkey is off out of Belfast sharpish to Derry/Londonderry on a case, with his old young friend Christine the Messiah along for the ride and it all gets predictably complicated and even Starkey loses count of the number of times he is a...
typical bateman . Silly entertaining and enjoyable.
Liked the fact that this was based in Derry. Apart from that the style is now very familiar. Is the interest of the New Seekers setting up the themes for future books?