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Fire and Brimstone by Colin Bateman

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Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014.

You can’t have a novel set in Ireland without the church being involved somewhere along the line. Fire and brimstone used to be called down from the pulpit to frighten the sinners. Today it is in response to the drugs war. Dan Starky was first introduced to us many moons ago in Divorcing Jack. A young journalist then who has found himself in many a scrape over the years, is now back in his middle age with his distinguished voice and light humour. He’s got two cases to investigate. The bombing of the Braxton Abortion Clinic, rather appropriately nine months after it opened, and the disappearance (kidnapping?) of a hugely wealthy businessman’s daughter. He has a wonderful, infectious style which whips you through the pages. Great fun.

If you like Colin Bateman you might also like to read books by Charles Higson, James Hawes and Chris Haslam.


Fire and Brimstone by Colin Bateman

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...

About the Author

Colin Bateman

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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24th April 2014


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Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group


400 pages


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