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Book review: Belfast Confidential 
1st-Jun-2011 01:29 pm
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I used to read quite a lot of Colin Bateman's novels but he kind of went off my radar for a while - possibly because of the odd decision to ditch his first name and be credited on the cover of his books as simply "Bateman." I know Colin's not the coolest of names but do people really find it more offputting than a writer going by a single name? Anyway, Belfast Confidential is from back in 2006 but like I say, he'd gone off my radar. It's part of Bateman's main series of books, featuring journalist Dan Starkey who, after the murder of his best friend ends up editing the titular magazine, a sort of highly local version of Heat. It's another funny, action-packed thriller and I enjoyed returning to the series, although I did tire a bit of how relentlessly he kills off supporting characters - I find overdoing this has the same effect as the complete opposite: When writers won't kill anyone off in a thriller series it becomes hard to care since you know there's no peril; if pretty much any named character is doomed, you stop emotionally investing in them as they just end up feeling like pawns. A fun light read all the same.
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