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Colin Bateman - Author

About the Author

Colin Bateman was a journalist in Northern Ireland before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, DIVORCING JACK, won the Betty Trask Prize, and all his novels have been critically acclaimed. He wrote the screenplays for the feature films DIVORCING JACK, CROSSMAHEART and WILD ABOUT HARRY. He lives in Ireland with his family.

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Featured books by Colin Bateman

Fire and Brimstone

Fire and Brimstone

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2014

Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. When billionaire's daughter Alison Wolff disappears following a massacre at a party, nobody knows if she has been kidnapped or killed. Dan Starkey is hired to find the missing student but instead is drawn into a violent struggle between rival gangs. A drugs war is tearing the city apart and in response, a new church movement has sprung up. But when a controversial new abortion clinic is firebombed, Dan is asked to prove their involvement. In a Belfast rapidly descending back into chaos, Dan is left with an impossible choice - betray his client or risk losing his family...

Fire and Brimstone

Fire and Brimstone

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2013

When Alison Wolff, the daughter of a billionaire media mogul, disappears following a massacre at a party, nobody knows if she has been kidnapped or killed. Dan Starkey is hired to find the missing student but he soon discovers that Belfast's underworld has changed since his days as a journalist. Old tribal conflicts have been superseded by drugs and greed, defended with a ruthlessness undreamt of even in the worst days of The Troubles. In response to the drug wars, a new church movement has sprung up and when they are blamed for the firebombing of the controversial new abortion clinic, Dan is asked to prove their involvement. In a Belfast rapidly descending back into chaos, Dan finds himself caught in the violent struggle between rival gangs, one of which claims to have God on their side...

Other books by Colin Bateman

Papercuts

Papercuts

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Rob's back in Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years for the funeral of his one-time mentor, the late editor of the aforementioned Express. Tomorrow morning the Guardian reporter intends to be on the first plane back to London, but that's before an exceptionally good night out and the promise of GBP1,500 for just one day's work lures him into the Express offices. It's been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth into ... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. From armed robberies to arson attacks there is no shortage of front-page news. Just as well Rob can rely on the Express crew to back him up. They're like a family. A dysfunctional, highly unpopular and poverty-stricken family.

Papercuts

Papercuts

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Rob's back in Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years for the funeral of his one-time mentor, the late editor of the aforementioned Express. Tomorrow morning the Guardian reporter intends to be on the first plane back to London, but that's before an exceptionally good night out and the promise of GBP1,500 for just one day's work lures him into the Express offices. It's been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth into ... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. From armed robberies to arson attacks there is no shortage of front-page news. Just as well Rob can rely on the Express crew to back him up. They're like a family. A dysfunctional, highly unpopular and poverty-stricken family.

Papercuts

Papercuts

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Rob's back in Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years for the funeral of his one-time mentor, the late editor of the aforementioned Express. Tomorrow morning the Guardian reporter intends to be on the first plane back to London, but that's before an exceptionally good night out and the promise of GBP1,500 for just one day's work lures him into the Express offices. It's been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth into ... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. From armed robberies to arson attacks there is no shortage of front-page news. Just as well Rob can rely on the Express crew to back him up. They're like a family. A dysfunctional, highly unpopular and poverty-stricken family.

Papercuts

Papercuts

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Rob's back in Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years for the funeral of his one-time mentor, the late editor of the aforementioned Express. Tomorrow morning the Guardian reporter intends to be on the first plane back to London, but that's before an exceptionally good night out and the promise of GBP1,500 for just one day's work lures him into the Express offices. It's been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth into ... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. From armed robberies to arson attacks there is no shortage of front-page news. Just as well Rob can rely on the Express crew to back him up. They're like a family. A dysfunctional, highly unpopular and poverty-stricken family.

Papercuts 1: The Dead and the Quick

Papercuts 1: The Dead and the Quick

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Rob's back in Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years for the funeral of his one-time mentor, the late editor of the aforementioned Express. Tomorrow morning Rob intends to be on the first plane back to London, but that's before an exceptionally good night out and the promise of GBP1,500 for just one day's work lures him into the Express offices. It's been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth into ... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. From armed robberies to arson attacks, immigration raids to human trafficking, there is no shortage of front-page news in the seemingly sleepy seaside town. Just as well Rob can rely on the Express crew to back him up. They're like a family. A dysfunctional, highly unpopular, poverty-stricken family...

Papercuts 2: The Return of the Native

Papercuts 2: The Return of the Native

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Lured back to Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years by the demise of his one-time mentor, the Bangor Express makes Rob an offer he can't refuse and the Guardian reporter can't resist sticking around. After all, it has been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth in to ... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. When Mark Dillon is released from prison after serving a sentence for killing a small child in a drink driving accident, Bangor Express reporter Alix knows there is bound to be trouble. And when the parents of the child are none other than Alix's best friends Roy and Ailsa, she can't help taking the law into her own hands. This feisty young journalist doesn't realise is that she's playing with fire and that writing her revenge story will only fan the flames...

Papercuts 3: Mr Turner's Prize

Papercuts 3: Mr Turner's Prize

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Lured back to Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years by the demise of his one-time mentor, the Bangor Express makes Rob an offer he can't refuse and the Guardian reporter can't resist sticking around. After all, it has been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth in to ... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. When local artist and Turner prize nominee Richard Turner returns to Bangor to open a retrospective at a small gallery, not everyone is happy to welcome him home. As Richard takes to the stage to make a speech, he is greeted by violent heckling from his former teacher Pat Hadley. Alix resolves to get to the bottom of the story behind this hostility and uncovers a deep-rooted personal grudge: it's not just a matter of stolen art, but a matter of a stolen heart...

Papercuts 4: Hong Kong Phooey

Papercuts 4: Hong Kong Phooey

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Lured back to Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years by the demise of his one-time mentor, the Bangor Express makes Rob an offer he can't refuse and the Guardian reporter can't resist sticking around. After all, it has been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth in to... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. Rob is having his usual at Bangor's Hong Kong Palace, when the immigration police storm the restaurant hauling off several members of staff including waitress and local netball star Anna. Rob can't sit back and let this bright young thing be deported and launches a campaign against the UK Border Agency via the Bangor Express. And, as if he didn't have enough on his plate, Rob's blossoming romance with Alix is rudely interrupted by the arrival of his estranged wife and children...

Papercuts 5: The Good, The Bad and the Quite Ugly

Papercuts 5: The Good, The Bad and the Quite Ugly

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Through World Wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it's limping towards an inevitable doom - until London-based journalist Rob Cullen arrives on the scene. Lured back to Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years by the demise of his one-time mentor, the Guardian reporter can't resist fighting for the paper where he first made his name. After all, it has been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth in to... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. It's just another day in the office at the Bangor Express: struggling to make ends meet and arguing over who buys the buns, when local nutter 'Magic' Martin turns up with the breaking news that he's found a human skull on a piece of land at the end of the bay. This is just the opportunity young reporter Michael has been waiting for to cut his teeth, so he sets off with Martin to investigate. After a close shave with a gun-wielding farmer, Martin unearths a 200-year old graveyard. Perhaps Martin was onto something and there is a story to be told after all...

Papercuts 6: The Eagle Has Crash Landed

Papercuts 6: The Eagle Has Crash Landed

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Lured back to Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years by the demise of his one-time mentor, the Bangor Express makes Rob an offer he can't refuse and the Guardian reporter can't resist sticking around. After all, it has been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth in to... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. Rob is standing outside a local carwash, when a young woman jumps out of a van stopped at a red light and is knocked unconscious. Rob rushes to her rescue and calls her an ambulance. When Alix goes to visit her in hospital, he discovers she is a prostitute who has been trafficked into Ireland from the Czech Republic. Marja has managed to escape her kidnappers, but her friend Anna is still captive at a local brothel. The Bangor Express take matters into their own hands to set her free...

Papercuts 7: The Next to Last of the Mohicans

Papercuts 7: The Next to Last of the Mohicans

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Lured back to Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years by the demise of his one-time mentor, the Bangor Express makes Rob an offer he can't refuse and the Guardian reporter can't resist sticking around. After all, it has been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth in to... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. A burglar phones the office to report the dead body of Bertha Molloy that he found in a house, and when Alix discovers Bertha's daughter is still claiming her pension, the Express team spring into action. It's all going so well, but Rob has been offered his old job back at the Guardian. Rob misses his children and knows what he should do, but he can't help feeling that there are reasons to stay; the future of the paper hangs in the balance, as does his developing romance with Alix...

Papercuts 8: Dog Day Mid-Afternoon

Papercuts 8: Dog Day Mid-Afternoon

Author: Colin Bateman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2016

Through world wars and civil strife, the Bangor Express has never missed an issue, but now it is losing money hand-over-fist and Rob Cullen, fresh off the plane from his London news desk, has absolutely no idea that he's the man to save it. Lured back to Northern Ireland for the first time in 20 years by the demise of his one-time mentor, the Bangor Express makes Rob an offer he can't refuse and the Guardian reporter can't resist sticking around. After all, it has been a long time since Rob had a real story to get his teeth in to... and with the Bangor Express, that's just what he's going to get. When Patrick Casey robs the O'Connor's post office, holding Gavin O'Connor hostage, Rob Cullen is the only man Patrick will consider speaking to and the police send him in to try and calm things down. It turns out Patrick has a mental illness and has stopped taking his medication. He is unpredictable and dangerous and no-one knows what he will do next. He offers Rob an ultimatum: to compromise the integrity of the paper, or risk his life. A single gunshot is heard outside...

The Dead Pass

The Dead Pass

Author: Colin Bateman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 25/09/2014

Hired to find the missing son of retired political activist Moira Doherty, Dan Starkey knows his new case is going to be challenging. Billy 'the Bear' Doherty, a criminal with a nasty drug habit, isn't an easy man to find - his mum is convinced he's been murdered. But when Moira herself is killed, Dan finds himself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse.

SOS Adventure: Tusk

SOS Adventure: Tusk

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Deep in Africa, Michael and Katya are in desperate danger. The SOS team is having a spot of rest and relaxation - all except its two newest members. Michael and Katya are on a trek across the savannah, where they are threatened by lions, elephants, ivory poachers ...and someone much more unexpected.

Mystery Man

Mystery Man

Author: Colin Bateman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2010

Murder, mayhem and damn sexy trousers. He's the man with no name and the owner of No Alibis, a mystery bookshop in Belfast. But when a detective agency next door goes bust, the agency's clients start calling into his shop asking him to solve their cases. Suddenly he is catapulted along a murder trail which leads from modern dance to Nazi secrets and serial killers...This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

2: Cannibal City

2: Cannibal City

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2008

Lucky Jimmy Armstrong and his friend Claire find themselves deserted by the new Titanic on an unfamiliar shore. With normal life changed forever, the world is left in the hands of cannibals, murderers and gangs. They are back to fighting for survival. Well, that, and running ...fast! Then after overhearing a group of survivors with a startling story they stumble upon the one thing that has become a real rarity - hope.

Titanic 2020

Titanic 2020

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2007

Everyone said the original Titanic was unsinkable. We all know how that story ended. The new Titanic is also supposedly unsinkable. But there are worse things than drowning as Jimmy Armstrong quickly finds out. Stowing away wasn't one of his better ideas but having to work his passage and put up with spoilt girl Claire is enough to make anyone want to jump overboard...That is until he finds out about a mysterious, incurable disease rapidly infecting the population, Suddenly being at sea seems the safest place to be...

Reservoir Pups

Reservoir Pups

Author: Colin Bateman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2003

Eddie is new in town, having moved from his familiar, comfortable home by the sea when his parents split up. Now his mum is busy working at the local hospital, while he hangs around waiting for school to begin. He's soon drawn into a gang of boys running elaborate scams in the town - they are the bane of hospital officials and he's bound to be in trouble with his mum if she finds out... his first task is to uncover some hospital secrets, but he discovers more than he bargained for when he overhears a plan to kidnap babies from the ward for some sinister scheme. Soon he and the gang are on the trail of kidnappers...