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This book is garbage.
There is the myth, there's the mob but I detected no mozzarella whatsoever - there's an empty pizza box at one point. I found myself missing Bateman's more usual Northern Irish milieu but his transplanted to the Canada side of Niagara works nicely enough. It is at once an enjoyable crime thriller romp and desperately sad.
It was well written, the story was good but....I couldn't like the characters. Not my favourite Colin Bateman but worth a read if you can borrow off a friend or pick up in a charity shop.
Great wee yarn, can't believe it's taken me so long to discover Bateman.
This was good and back to basics for Bateman. His newer novels play too much on his comedy writing style whereas this has nice touches of comedy with very serious points. A ‘fun’ crime drama.
Confusing. The cover confused me for a start - I picked it up half thinking it was a Chris Brookmyre (not the first time I've confused these two authors) but even after then was confused because the format of the book suggested it might've been aimed at a Young Adult audience - which (I assume from the plot) it wasn't.But it was OK - an Irishman with a secret in the past has started a new life in the quiet Canadian town of Niagara.. that is, till a reincarnated Native American princess gets wash...
Is it possible for Colin Bateman to outdo himself? He certainly tried here but some parts were just too ludicrous even for him. But overall a good book to get lost in... while learning a bit about the IRA and Northern Ireland conflict. As usual, you are rooting for a Bateman hero because he is surrounded by such DICKHEADS. Also a cautionary tale against, drug, drugs, and drug kingpins. Chapter and Verse had less violence, and yet more entertainment and story [to me, at least]. Then again Chapter...
This is an early Bateman that I missed somehow. And is common with him, how to sum up the plot.Okay. Woman is found in Niagara River, dressed as the Maid of the Mist (no, the real one who went over the Falls). Plus there's murder, fights with Russians, pizza, a love story, and a secret society of Native Americans who know something about Marilyn Monroe's death.I forgive him all of the stuff he gets wrong about Canada and Niagara Falls (about which I know quite a bit) for his audacious plots and
It is Elmore Leonard Lite...the story of an ex-British Police Officer self exiled to Niagara Falls in Ontario after a particularly nasty incident in Northern Ireland. A bit of a drunk with a truly troubled marriage he encounters a weird conspiracy on the part of Drug Lords with bits of the war on terror mixed in and an odd band of Indian Warriors intent on protecting an Iroquois legend involving a beautiful Indian Maid and suicide to prevent or exterminate great evil. Sound bizzarre? Well to som...
I've read this author before and enjoyed him, and I did enjoy this, but there is just so much going on it's really hard to keep up! Or maybe that's just me. Still the pages kept turning, and it was clever and funny.
Nice read but...Nice read. The usual Colin Bateman stuff. The 'but' is for the one star taken off. Maybe I was distracted but I didn't quite find it so gripping. Ho hum...
This book started off promising, funny edgy but rapidly deteriorated and by page 90 I was struggling to get through it. Overall it was a painful ordeal to get through it.