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There was an exhilarating originality about this novel - an isolated community off the coast of Northern Ireland becomes convinced one of its number is the second coming of Christ. Journalist Dan Starkey arrives to investigate. It becomes clear that this is one of a series of books featuring Starkey, and given that I've not encountered him before it was a bit like crashing a party halfway through, but it was one where I felt welcome, and everything the reader needs to know about what has gone be...
This is an Irish thriller about the dangers of religious fanaticism, set in a small island community. A really compelling second half that keeps you guessing, and I can imagine it making a good film. Bateman is a very funny writer, although it's certainly not a 'light read' because there are some nasty murders in it. A birdwatcher character who is possibly Bill Oddie appears briefly - but probably a case of mistaken identity on the investigating hero's part. Good job too, because the poor old co...
My 4th Bateman novel and I love the laugh out loud Irish black humour dialogue with original highly exaggerated and absurd characters( particularly the central character) and storylinesThere is a fine balance in the writing of exaggerated characters into an exaggerated plot I find his writing curiously addictive , but I felt in this novel the story degenerated from the absurd and imaginative crime fiction into contrived rubbish. it will not stop me from reading more in the future and I take note...
Totally believableCouldn't put it down. Read it in two sessions. First Dan Starkey novel that I've read but Will probably read the lot now.
Religious nutters on a booze starved island ! Crazy stuff
a light, fun, throwaway read if you find it kicking about cheap.
Another Bateman chilling but madcap romp, but with Dan Starkey in a somewhat different situation in both family and environment terms. He's on Wrathlin Island off the Antrim Close at the behest of a Cardinal concerned about a new Messiah and the island cult growing up around her. I'm not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as usual, perhaps its Wicker Man-esque plot is too familiar.
A journalist is contracted to investigate a small island parish where locals report the Second Coming has taken place. This is a rip roaring comic story with strong thriller overtones. A great read.
not spectacular (or just not what i'm in the mood for at the moment). but if you've ever been curious about what male, northern irish humour is like, read some colin bateman. it's this odd mix of arrogance, self-deprecation, goofiness and sly wittiness. it's damned attractive, in a weird way.
Good Northern Ireland crime writing. Witty in tone with a nice undercurrent of darkness. Shades of the Wicker Man.
A tale of the second Messiah based on a small island in Ireland. Light hearted and funny tale, well written and above all entertaining.
Riveting, chaotic, funny, dark and terrifying. And that's just the opening chapter.
well starkey is no parlabane, but i really like him the more i read of him!
Action, interesting premise and phrases that made me snort with laughter. Love this guys books.
For those of you who need to be told that Northern Irish people are funny!
A little bit far fetched for my liking. Nonetheless it's well written and engaging throughout.
Hilarious book in the Dan Starkey series. I've no read all of them - this was a 1999 release, so quite early on. The early ones are the funniest.
Have read most of his books and can't remember all exactly - just that I have never been let down and have enjoyed Mr Bateman's writing immensely
Another great read