Divorcing Jack by Colin Bateman

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Fast, funny, scary. A truly up-to-the-minute novel set in Belfast from a brilliant new writer. Now a major BBC/Scala film starring David Thewlis and Robert Lindsay. Dan Starkey is a young journalist in Belfast, who shares with his wife, Patricia, a prodigious appetite for drinking and dancing. Then Dan meets Margaret, a beautiful and apparently impoverished student, and things begin to get out of hand. And then, terrifyingly, Margaret is murdered. Is it because of her liaison with Dan? Is it because she was not exactly who she claimed to be? Is it the IRA? A Protestant extremist group? A jealous lover? Before long, Dan is a target himself, running as fast as he can in a race against time to crack the mystery and save his marriage.

About Colin Bateman

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Colin Bateman was born in Northern Ireland in 1963, and began his writing career as a reporter for the County Down Spectator. Since then, he has authored 14 novels, 4 children's books, and numerous short stories. Bateman also served as chief writer for the BBC series "Murphy's Law."
Published December 14, 2012 by CB Creative Books. 263 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Here's what happens as a result of Belfast columnist Dan Starkey's oh-so-brief dalliance with Margaret McBride, whose ``eyes were close together, but not so close as to suggest Catholicism'': Dan's tax-inspector wife Patricia catches the pair together and throws Dan out.

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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.

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Time Out New York

If a madcap comedy-thriller about Northern Ireland sounds like a dubious proposition, think again.

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M/C Anderson

Bit 1 Divorcing Jack is the latest addition to a growing list of Tarentinoesque mixed-genre movies such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Grosse Point Blank.

May 19 1999 | Read Full Review of Divorcing Jack


On a political level, the film is naive and simplistic, but as a comedy thriller it has plenty going for it, not least the amusing, charged central performance of Thewlis as the diffident innocent who finds himself involved in nasty business.

May 17 1998 | Read Full Review of Divorcing Jack

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