Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men by Colin BatemanIrish Journalist Dan Starkey is back in his second appearance. The first, Divorcing Jack, was great and this one may be better. Bateman who is a wonderful and hilarious story teller has moved his story this time out of Ireland, to the Northeast part of the U.S. Semi-decent heavy weight boxer, Bobby McMasters is pitted as the great white hope against Mike Tyson for a St. Patricks Day match. Starkeys been hired to write a book about the whole thing. Ireland meets New York in the 1990s itself is a set up and Bateman takes it all the way. Batemans next novel is already out in the U.K. I hope it swims across the pond at a fast clip!
Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men
Praise for Colin Bateman: 'Hysterically funny one-liners and sinister Kafkaesque developments' Daily Mail 'If Roddy Doyle was as good as people say, he would probably write novels like this' Arena. Press Award for his weekly satirical column. He now writes full-time. He lives with his wife and son. Dan Starkey, hero of Divorcing Jack, is back in an entirely wonderful adventure in America. Fat Boy McMaster is a hopeless heavyweight boxer, but he has managed to become champion of Ireland, and his devious manager has succeeded in setting up a gigantic payday largely for himself, admittedly with a St Patrick's Day fight in New York against Mike Tyson. Journalist Dan Starkey is hired to write the book of the whole affair.
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Patrick's Day. When McMaster's wife is kidnapped, Starkey must figure out who's behind it before the varied and numerous factions that McMaster has offended, in his short time in New York, catch up with them. Publishers Weekly . The novel received generally positive acclaim, with reviewers praising the novels humour while noting that it is not of the same quality as the previous Starkey novel, Divorcing Jack. Publishers Weekly stated that the novel is "not as tight and focused as Bateman's previous work" and notes that the novel "reflects a distinct political and religious bias, which will surprise readers who appreciated Starkey's earlier, more tongue-in-cheek approach to Northern Ireland sectarianism ". They did, however, also state that: "nevertheless, Bateman delivers the kind of humour and sense of the ridiculous that his fans will relish". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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