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Second Starkey adventure will have you laughing out loud
on 30 January 2000
In the second of Colin Bateman's novels to feature wise cracking drunken journalist Dan Starkey, Starkey receives an offer to accompany the entourage of Belfast boxer Bobby "Fat Boy" McMaster as press officer to New York for a St Patrick's Day showdown with Mike Tyson. With the disconcerting knowledge that his estranged wife Patricia is pregnant (and not to him), he accepts and is thrust headlong into another hilarious, violence peppered Starkey adventure. To begin with, black Muslim militants miscontrue some of the Fat Boy's comments and issue a fatwah on him, and then the Fat Boy's wife, Mary, mysteriously dissapears. Starkey sets about planning to rescue her, although the task is made onerous by the fact that his partner, the entourage's security officer Stanley Matchitt, is a notorious Loyalist killer. Like Divorcing Jack, there's plenty of violence so it's not a book for the faint of heart, however the violence is leavened by some good belly laughs at Starkey's chronic cynicisms and acidically witty observations. I am just about to begin reading the third Starkey novel ("Turbulent Priests"), I am confident it will be as good as "Divorcing Jack" and "Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men".