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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CYCLE OF VIOLENCEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Exiled to darkest Crossmaheart after a spectacular drunk, Miller, a Belfast reporter who has his own weekly column but keeps his first name secret, falls in with waitress Marie Young, falls in love ... Read full review
Cycle of violenceUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Despite a cutesy title (the hero's eponymous bicycle), Bateman's second novel following Divorcing Jack (LJ 11/1/95) is a story of death by disease, terrorism, murder, abuse, and suicide, salted with ... Read full review