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Divorcing Jack: A Dan Starkey Mystery (Dan Starkey Mysteries)

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Margaret’s last word “Divorce Jack” is really her trying to say the word “Dvorak”, and she was trying to tell Dan it is the cassette tape that her murderer was after. Worse than the hangover is the discovery of the dying body of his one night stand who murmurs with her last breath : "Divorce Jack! Have interesting times happen to your hero, and lay the clues to the mystery so your reader always wants to read just one more chapter. Starkey explains it as a random act of violence, but Parker begins to suspect something is not right.

But this tragic incident is glossed over and not referred to again, which is typical of the film’s cold-blooded attitude toward death. Colin Bateman's characters are true Belfast characters, he has the city down pat as well as the language/dialogue. Based on first impressions I believe I will read more of his books, even if this one did not deliver on all fronts.

As he hunts for the tape, Starkey is pursued by several parties, including an IRA contingent with a reputation for mayhem and violence. Ein klassisches Colin-Bateman-Buch: ungeheuer geistreich mit typisch irischem Witz, rasant, spannend, manchmal absurd. I sat and thought of lovely Margaret, of her hair and her eyes and her laugh and the way she kissed me and her skin that smelled of mandarin oranges. Margaret gave the tape to Dan, without neither one ever listened to it and knowing its significance. Journalist Dan Starkey commences an ill thought out affair with Margaret; a woman he meets on one of his solo binges in the Belfast bars.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.Please keep in mind that because we deal mostly in used books, any extra components, such as CDs or access codes, are usually not included. After surviving an assault from a squad of hit men, retired CIA black ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team for an all-out war. Then again, the film doesn't try to be serious: it's an out-and-out chase movie, stuffed with visual gags and boasting a fine comedy script which bends the ear with delight. Starkey also gets himself shot at by paramilitaries that night, but he is saved by Lee Cooper, a nurse-by-day, stripper-by-night. The ending is inevitable and almost predictable, yet it's the only proper ending this story could possibly have.

A confirmed philanderer and drunkard, he is caught by his wife in the arms of an attractive young arts student (Fraser).A British civil servant urges Starkey not to print his story, fearing for the consequences if the truth about Brinn gets out. has struck gold the first time out with his mordant, loquacious hero and his ruined landscape", stating in conclusion that "the promised sequel can't arrive too soon". As political satire it functions even better, reminding me that laughing while climbing to the gallows pole is one way to keep sane while the world around burns. The whirlwind of death, danger, politics and sex that picks him up and plunks him down, well the worse for wear, begins with a kiss wrapped around a shared breath mint. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA Enterprise and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

However, it turns out that Parker has been held hostage by Keegan and his goons, and that the meeting was set up to trap Starkey. One evening, drunkenly making his way through a city park, he meets the attractive Margaret (Laura Fraser) and soon finds himself spending the night in her loft apartment.Black romantic comedy set around the troubled "peace process" and its effect on a cynical Belfast hack.

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