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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