Cycle of Violence
Marked by Colin Bateman's signature blend of sinister violence and sidesplitting dialogue, Cycle of Violence is the story of Miller, Belfast's bicycling journalist, and his "cycle of violence", on assignment to Crossmaheart, a post-terrorist ghetto where the preferred response to bone-chilling murder is a hilarious one-liner, and vice versa. The town harbors secrets more sordid than the locals' resumes of political "activism", and Miller, embroiled in a troubled romance, finds himself playing inquisitive reporter in this notoriously fatal place to ask questions.
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Review: Cycle of ViolenceUser Review - Jennifer - Goodreads
Blimey this was black, even for Bateman. First published before the Good Friday Agreement, it provides a bleak picture of Northern Irish town life along with the usual self-deprecating male mayhem. It ... Read full review
Review: Cycle of ViolenceUser Review - Mark Speed - Goodreads
This was recommended by a work colleague, and it didn't disappointed. The protagonist is a stereotypical journalist - drunk, outspoken and angry. The 'cycle of violence' is a reference to the bicycle ... Read full review