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

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This paves the way for bad decision number two and the beginning of a domino effect in Starkeys life. Anyway, that interested me, and I finally got around to reading that intriguingly constructed story.

Over-stretched and under-thought, the improbable story-line limps from chapter to chapter looking for a thread which will haul it to safety".In 1990 he received a Journalist’s Fellowship to Oxford University for his reports from Uganda, and he has received a Northern Ireland Press Award for his weekly satirical column. I chalk this down to debut jitters of a talented artist trying too hard to impress on his first night out. The narrator couldn't really do the american accent assigned to one of the characters but other than that did an ok job.

As he hunts for the tape, Starkey is pursued by several parties, including an IRA contingent with a reputation for mayhem and violence. 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.I think Sean Duffy’s first involved a homosexual element in the IRA, and a rent boy: now that was unexpected – and the characters felt more complex, and real. As Dan tries to get to grips with what has become of his life, Margaret is murdered whilst he has nipped out for pizza and he becomes the focus of a man hunt, but what do Margaret's last words mean. 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. Starkey's solution is simple: find the wife, fix his marriage, bring in the bad boys, clear his name and save Ireland.

Bateman’s wit carries this: as thrillers go, Divorcing Jack is laugh-out-loud funny – in a dark and violent way. Tohle je bráno jako humoristická knížka… a ano, pokud se chlámáte u Schindlerova seznamu, tak se budete řezat smíchy i tady. The film's messages about the horrors and idiocy of war and particularly the Irish civil war are familiar and would have been corny in a straight drama, but as in Catch-22 and other classic black comedies, the absurd humor of the film makes it powerful. A favourite of mine from the late 90s when I used to devour the excellent pulp fiction of Northern Irish novelist Colin Bateman, the source of this underrated movie. I do like how Bateman integrates the then current political situation and local color into the fictional story and provides good details on the political and socioeconomic situations at the time.Written when there was no end in sight to The Troubles in Northern Ireland, this is an offbeat and generally engaging mystery thriller. The plot is set around the Northern Irish reporter Dan Starkey who gets entangled in a web of political intrigue and Irish sectarian violence, at the same time as Northern Ireland is set to elect a new Prime Minister. Thewlis plays Dan Starkey, a newspaper columnist who doesn’t take his work too seriously, who drinks too much and whose wife is beginning to object to his behavior.

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