A former solicitor living in Pinner, who changed his career in his 50s is set to release his second book of a quartet this year.
John Matlin released his first book, called Truth to Power, at the end of last year. It follows a cat and mouse game between two men who were childhood friends.
The novel is set in 1924 and centres around journalist, David Driscoll, who arrives in the Midwest city of St Luke to start a new job at the town’s newspaper, The Bugle.
He wastes no time in looking up his childhood friend, Mike Doyle, who is now a popular politician and leader of the city council. He seems to get exactly what he wants.
Driscoll wants to know exactly how Doyle does it and what is going on behind the scenes, and Doyle could use a journalist on his side at election time.
They rekindle their acquaintance as they are both strategically useful for each other. But things take a turn for the personal as Driscoll gets closer to exposing Doyle as a fraudster.
John said he was inspired by his PHD in American politics and used his strengths to research city politics in the USA. He focuses on the idea that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ and the way things get done in a political sense.
He said: “I’ve been writing all my life. I got my PHD 11 years ago and I’ve been writing very closely ever since. I publish a weekly blog on American politics, which I enjoy doing.
“Aside from Truth to Power, I have one book which is planned to be published later this year. Truth to Power originally started out as a standalone novel, but it’s now become part of a quartet.”
You can purchase Truth to Power at amazon.co.uk/Truth-Power-J-S-Matlin-ebook/dp/B07VT8RYPN