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Twisted by Steve Ca­vanagh (Orion) Just how twisted is this, the lat­est thriller from best-seller Steve ( Thir­teen) Ca­vanagh which comes with a rata-tat of warn­ings from its fic­tional author, JT LeBeau. Be­fore you open the pages con­sider this: LeBeau is wanted on mur­der charges, no one knows who he is and if you think you’ve found him, then he’s com­ing for you next. One wo­man be­lieves she has solved the mys­tery of the su­per­star writer and tracked him down but that is just the first piece in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

For the Good Times by David Keenan (Faber & Faber) Belfast of the Trou­bles, the lit­er­ary city of the mo­ment, is the back­drop for David Keenan’s lat­est novel which gives us a dif­fer­ent spin on this not-so-merry-go-round. It’s the blitzed Seven­ties and Sammy and his three mates hang out in their home patch of the Ar­doyne. They are into sharp clob­ber, the songs of Perry Como and achiev­ing a United Ire­land by what­ever means nec­es­sary. Vi­o­lent, vi­sion­ary and vivid, this yarn presents a unique take on mar­tyr­dom, fa­ther­hood and the raw re­al­ity of self­sac­ri­fice.

The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lums­den (Tin­der Press) When he turned 50 in 2015, the ac­tor Richard Lums­den ( Sight­seers, Sense & Sen­si­bil­ity) de­cided to fin­ish the novel he started some 23 years ear­lier. The Six Loves of Billy Binns had pre­vi­ously ap­peared as a ra­dio play, with Tom Courte­nay in the ti­tle role, but this novel em­braces the epic sweep of a cen­tury as the aged Binns, who is well past 100 birth­days, tries to re­mem­ber what true love feels like one last time by re­call­ing the hope and heart­break of his life.

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