Dan Starkey investigates the birth of a new Messiah on a small island off the coast of Ireland.
Back together with his wife Patricia and the baby – Little Stevie – that resulted from her affair, Dan accepts a curious commission from Cardinal Daley to investigate the tiny island of Wrathlin, where the inhabitants appear to believe that the new Messiah has been born. The child in question turns out to be a girl called Christine, and the local population has become as defensive and generally crazy as the cast of The Crucible. At first it’s just funny for Dan and Trish, but fairly soon the mood turns very much darker.
Packed with Bateman’s trademarket mixture of jokes, shocks and tenderness, Turbulent Priests is his best novel yet.
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Dan Starkey and his wife Patrician have decided to make a go of their marriage, which means that Dan must assume responsibility for a baby – Little Stevie – that is not his.. The three of them look like having plenty of time together when Dan Dan accepts an unusual commission – to investigate the situation on tiny Wrathlin Island, off the Irish coast. Dan is supposed to report on the villager's claim that the Messiah has been born on Wrathlin, in the shape of a little girl called Christine.
At first, the rural idyll is little more than a comic interlude, but it seems that wherever Dan goes, murder and mayhem – not to mention religious fundamentalism, adultery and alcoholism – cannot be far behind.
'Turbulent Priests' is Colin Bateman writing at the height of his powers.
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Book Description 2000-07-03., 2000. Book Condition: New. HarperCollins. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 288pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1710861