Mystery Man Paperback – 14 May 2009
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Bateman is no slacker when it comes to producing comic crime masterpieces. --The Mirror --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
MYSTERY MAN has recently been optioned by SMG, the makers of Taggart and Rebus, to be developed for television; they are currently seeking to attach a high profile castSee all Product Description
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A genuine bookshop in Belfast on Botanic Avenue, No Alibis, its owner and its customers don't get perhaps receive the most flattering of depictions, but this is Bateman's particularly self-deprecatory Belfast type of humour and it's very funny, so it is. A few old jokes/stories/urban legends that have done the rounds for years are dug up and dusted down, the neurotic lead character perhaps owes something to Ignatius J. Reilly from John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces (or they've at least shared a ward together at some point), but it's all just a means for Bateman to poke fun at local types - booksellers, publishers, ex-paramilitary taxi drivers, street thugs (Botanic Avenue Irregulars indeed) and local small businessmen - not in a mean spirited way, but in a lightly humorous and sometimes just downright hilarious manner.
This is a real break from that though - the hero is a brilliant character - weirdo verging(?) on autistic - but genuinly interesting and clever.
Like all Colin Bateman books the plot is secondary to the one-liners and the jokes - but that was also true for PG Woodhouse and so it ain't a criticism!
The character is the owner of a specialist crime bookshop in Belfast who takes on an investigative role when the private detective next door vanishes.
But then the character gradually reveals himself to be a repressed, almost autistic, child of neglecting parents with an absurd number of foibles that start off mild and believable but become more and more extreme as we go. Ultimately it is over the top and detracts from the focus of the novel as a crime story.
It's first person and it is well written. Some of the characters do come across as a bit stereotypical but that might just be because we are seeing through the eyes of the nameless lead. I just found that the pace of character building was slow and over-dominant.
I loved it! It's nothing like Rankin but it's equally as good in its gleeful, quirky, outrageous way.
If you like your heroes to be dysfunctional, this is the book for you.
The nameless narrator takes dysfunction to new and hilarious levels.
Be Warned: I hooted with laughter, even when reading the book in public, so be prepared for funny looks if you take it out of the house.
However, it mixes the chaos of the narrators' thoughts with genuine suspense, unease and plot twists. It also features a fabulous, feisty Sidekick for our reluctant detective.
I've recommended this book to all my friends, whether crime fans or not, and I recommend it to you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've not ever been a lover of crime fiction but there is something uniquely captivating and charming about Bateman's style of writing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sophie
Good fun, reminds me of black books a bit which is always a good thing.Published 7 months ago by Stanza
Colin Bateman's mystery man series is probably his best work. To date, there are four in the series and all of them are very funny and cleverly written. Read morePublished 16 months ago by lory mcgeown
I really liked this book - quirky hypochondriac lead character with a delightfully farcical story line and absolute laugh out loud moments "I've won the FA cup" - I will read more... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
Set in Belfast, this was for me a hugely entertaining and amusing read. The nameless (yes right up until the end) proprietor of a book shop gets involved in a murder mystery very... Read morePublished 20 months ago by C. M. Donaldson