John Maytham's Book Review: A heist, a search for memories and the story of Toto
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The Helicopter heist by Jonas Bonnier
This is the first thriller by Bonnier though he has written six other novels. It is based on a real-life robbery where a group of long-time criminals who had been in and out of jail, decided to steal millions, if not billions, from the largest cash facility in Sweden. The planning involved included, of course, a helicopter. He has put together a very readable thriller, says John.
The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse
This is Whitehouse's third novel. It's strange, but in a very nice way, says John. It involves two main characters. One is an ambulance dispatcher in present-day London names Dove who does not have a sense of belonging and suffers from terrible migraines. He is left afterward with memories that he says are not his memories and does not know where they come from. He discovers a connection to a cleaner from New York in the 1980s who had a passion for searching for rare flowers. And Dove feels he needs to track him down. It is a very richly detailed and enjoyable read, says John.
The Gospel According to Luke by Steve Lukather
Toto was a band you were not meant to like in the 80s, says John. One of its members Steve Lukather tells the story of the band in a memoir. He talks about how he quit drugs and alcohol. He has played with many renowned musicians from Dolly Parton to Ringo Star.
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