Darkly funny, romantic, disturbing and suspenseful, CYCLE OF VIOLENCE is classic Bateman.
Bicycling journalist Miller is exiled from his big-city paper to small-town Crossmaheart. There, he is to replace another reporter, Jamie Milburn, who has disappeared. Not that anyone's all that surprised, since Crossmaheart is a notoriously fatal place in which to ask questions.
Miller aims to keep his head down, but as soon as he gets involved with Jamie's girlfriend Marie, that plan, and much else besides, begins to fall apart. Bateman is a master of storytelling, and CYCLE OF VIOLENCE is dark, disturbing and hugely enjoyable.
An Ulster Carl Hiaasen - Mail on Sunday
Terrific, mordant wit and a fine sense of the ridiculous...the writing is great - Evening Standard
Bateman's is the ultimate word on the insanity of the Troubles: no one has done it better - Scotland on Sunday
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 and WILD ABOUT HARRY and the popular TV series MURPHY'S LAW starring James Nesbitt. Bateman lives in Ireland with his family.