John Maytham's Books: A stylish thriller and a man who moonlights as a superhero
Believe Me by JP Delaney
This thriller is a new book by JP Delaney has as its central character Claire is a British drama student in New York without a green card. She is studying acting but without the green card cannot work.
The only job she can get is for a firm of divorce lawyers whose clients are mostly wives looking for the goods on adulterous husbands. Actress Claire works in sting operations as a femme fatale to bust the men and collect evidence. Then one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation...
John describes the book as a thriller with style.
The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas
The main character Sam Holloway, wants to be alone as much as possible and does not socialise much. He is OCD about keeping his desk in order. Something terrible must have happened to Sam to make him live such a life at the age of 26. And, says John, when you do find out what happened to him it is terrible...
But three nights a week Sam puts on a superhero costume and takes to the streets under cover of darkness to fight crime. It makes him feel his life has purpose. Then one day he meets Sarah and threatens to disrupt his world.
John says the story is told with grief, but a lot of love and humour. It is a very touching novel, he says.
Turning and Turning by Judith February
'Turning and turning' is a picture of the political analysts years at Idasa and the issues tackled, which included work on the arms deal and its corrosive impact on democratic institutions, Idasa’s party-funding campaign, which February helped lead, as well as work on accountability and transparency.
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A labour lawyer says she has dealt with companies coming to terms with paying for employees home internet data for work purposes.Read More
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In scenes reminiscent of the day alcohol sales were unbanned – you’ve got to see it – gamblers queued to try their luck.Read More
Meet Alex Thomson of Naked Insurance, a high-tech company with vastly lower operating costs than most traditional insurers.Read More
"We’ve decided to step it up," says Lynx. "With Lynx Marmite, we’re bringing the world of food into the fragrance category." LOL!Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews Eon de Vos about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).Read More
The Tourism Business Council of SA has interpreted the new level 3 regulations to mean that intra-provincial leisure travel can resume.Read More