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Shooting Sean (Dan Starkey 4)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2001
Dan Starkey returns again and Colin Bateman makes the most impressive return to form since Ali vs Foreman. Many characters would be outstaying their welcome by now, but Bateman's master of the pithy put-down (generally self-inflicted) is always a pleasure to meet.
The usual preoccupations resurface, but the author is an increasingly deft handler of human emotions and mixes in a fair amount of genuine pathos with the whip-crack humour this time. Gone is the cack-handed dialogue of Empire State or the outlandishness of Maid of The Mist. The plot skips along at a frantic pace, as if trying to outrun a sectarian mob.
Tight and snappy, packed full with the honed and ready wit first seen in Divorcing Jack, an emotional ride as up-and-down as the Antrim Coast Road, this is a superb book to be enjoyed with summer sun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2013
It's been a very long time since reading Divorcing Jack of which I had great memories. In the meantime I have been converted to the world of dark comic thrillers by the writing of that other great CB - Christopher Brookmyre. I've read nearly all of his books and they are darker, more violent, even funnier (though less cleverly witty with language) than this CB. And yes, I know Shooting Sean involves shooting, knives, drowning, explosions, drugs, hookers, kidnap and torture, but they are all told through the gentle and always comic eyes and words of Dan Starkey. Like Broomyre's Jack Parlabane, Starkey is a hack and prone to making bad situations worse, but with Starkey, he is constantly clever and witty (even when he thinks to himself)and so the dark trouble is somehow diluted. With Parlabane everything is much much darker. Also Brookmyre has become a finer storyteller - his great scenic moments are built with deft skill, pace and a real sense of danger and excitement; Bateman's are more like little scenes which just, well, happen. Still a good and light read and I may return to this CB, but I am more drawn to my more oft read Scottish CB.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After the disappointment of Turbulent Priests it's great to see Colin Bateman back on form.
The story is fast paced and there are loads of laugh out loud moments and some great lines.
My only slight quibble is that the book is quite short and over priced.Still maybe I just thought it was too short because I enjoyed it so much and was sad when I'd finished it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2012
This 'Shooting Sean' is massively superior in every aspect to the book of the same title by 'Colin' somebody or other.

Unputdownable!

Only 7 more sleeps until I can get my hands on 'Prisoner of Brenda'...will read this until then :)
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on 30 March 2013
I came across Colin Bateman a few years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed all of his books that I have read - especially the Mystery Man series. With "Shooting Sean" ,I found the plot a bit thin - i.e the criminal wants to get back with his girlfriend , but tries to kill her - why would a criminal get a journalist ( instead of a hitman) to carry out an assasination. I believe that this book is not up to his usual high standards, but is still a good read. I always look forward to the sarcasm and the wit and Bateman never lets me down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2012
......or maybe not, but just saying in reference to the review above, don't give a book a middlin' rating just because you ordered it by mistake! Review the book!
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on 25 March 2013
Once again Bateman delivers. Had to read this out of sequence as only re-released in last year, but that was not really a problem the laughs are there a plenty, with bitter sweet ending, but having read subsequent Starkey novels, I kind of knew what was going to happen viz a viz wife and son, which was a bit of a shame. Still enjoyed novel though.
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on 30 March 2013
I really enjoyed this book as I like Dan Starkey's Norn Irish sense of humour, however the only thing preventing me giving it five stars was the abundance of bad language.
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on 8 October 2013
Classic Bateman - entertaining, well written, good characters. Yes it's far-fetched, but it's light hearted easy reading, and all the better for that.
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on 3 August 2013
Very well written. Funny and witty. Not to taxing,with good storyline. Well worth a read. All some of his other works are good to.
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