North Saanich’s Bodenham tops Amazon’s financial thrillers

The Geneva Connection and Once A Killer sitting in top two spots in financial thriller best sellers.

North Saanich author Martin Bodenham’s is hoping his third fast-paced financial thriller

North Saanich thriller author Martin Bodenham is doing for fund managers and private equity investors what John Grisham has done for lawyers.

Weaving his many years of experience in the financial industry into his writing, Bodenham has published two fast-paced novels that delve into the criminal underground of finances, including run-ins with Mexican drug cartels and the Mafia, and he has clearly found his niche.

His debut novel, The Geneva Connection, is currently sitting at the top of Amazon’s financial thriller best sellers list, and Once A Killer, published in late 2014, is close behind at number two.

For those with a taste for thrillers, it’s easy to see why the titles have risen to the top.

Geneva opens with a gritty and unrelenting scene where the head of the Caruana cartel’s enforcement team tortures an unfortunate, unnamed man for information, and from there, readers are thrust into the world of private equity investment at breakneck speed, juggling multi-million dollar deals, deception and criminal underpinnings.

It’s a story Bodenham had in mind for years, but it took winding down his London-based private equity firm to actually get the time to put it down on paper.

“When you’re in the middle of a career, you often don’t have time to do anything else but eat and sleep,” he says, laughing.

“I studied languages in school. I’m a bit of an

English pedant, if you like, and  it was always something I wanted to turn my hand to.”

He says he wrote his debut novel “by the seat of his pants,” but despite the inexperience, found an agent and publisher almost immediately, partly, he says, because of his familiarity with the industry.

“If I’m reading a book that cuts across an industry, I don’t want to be bogged down with the turgid details, but I want to know that the author is basing it on some kind of authenticity,” he says.

“I do that with my financial background. I base a lot of it on actual facts, and actual deal making. There are dodgy investors out there who want to use legitimate financial institutions to launder their money.

“You normally know when you’re being approached by dodgy money, and you have to sort of politely say, no thank you, that’s not for us.

“But I started thinking, what if someone unknowingly became embroiled in that kind of thing, and didn’t find out until it was too late?”

That ‘what if’ started him off on the road to a best seller, and encouraged him to keep writing.

Bodenham took the publishing process into his own hands with Once A Killer after his agent had a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in 2013. Not wanting to sit on the manuscript for another year or two while he searched for another agent, he self-published.

“For me, it was more a question of not wanting to sit on it, and I’d had quite a number of readers asking when the next one was coming out,” he says. “That’s why I write, because that gives me the greatest kick, knowing that you’ve entertained someone.”

Though the self-publishing route proved successful, Bodenham says he’ll veer back onto the traditional path with his next book.

Bodenham’s third novel, tentatively titled The Apple Polishers, is a somewhat apropos narration of a corrupt American administration about to topple over because it’s being brought down by a massive debt burden.

The Apple Polishers is slated for publication hopefully later this year, he says, depending on his current negotiations with two agents.

In the meantime, Bodenham is hard at work writing a fourth novel, and plans to keep turning them out as the ideas keep coming.

For more information, visit martinbodenham.com.

Just Posted

False missile alert for Central Saanich councillor

While on vacation in Hawaii, Central Saanich Councillor Alicia Holman was awoken… Continue reading

Central Saanich police chase down speeding biker

A motorcyclist from the Lower Mainland was caught on the Tsawout reserve… Continue reading

Victoria airport nearing billion-dollar mark in economic impact

Airport has nearly doubled its passengers and its impact on the economy since 2005

More buoys allowed for Brentwood Bay

Proposed number rises from 40 to 60

Victoria airport reaches nearly two million passengers in 2017

This year expected to see additional growth

Sidney’s Salish Sea aquarium to close for maintenance

First extended closure for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since it opened in 2009

Butchart Gardens is hiring now and paying more

Wages start at $15, job fair Feb. 20

Cash still needed for Stelly’s Cross Path

MLA Olsen wants more specifics first

Injured parachutist wants stolen backpack back

Bag contained important video files of 2017 parachuting incident

Winter storm coming to B.C. this weekend

The bets are on as to how much snow the province will actually get in the coming days

B.C. civil rights group files complaint about RCMP arrest of man who later died

Dale Culver, a 35-year-old Indigenous man was arrested in Prince George last July

Lawyer says former B.C. government aide ‘barely guilty’ in ethnic vote scandal

Brian Bonney pleaded guilty to a breach of trust charge

Quite a few tears as homemade quilts distributed to residents of Ashcroft Reserve, Boston Flats affected by last summer’s fire

Quilters in B.C. and Alberta worked through the summer and fall to create more than 100 quilts.

B.C. coast loggers celebrate history, hope for improvement

Truck Loggers Association awaits B.C. NDP government’s new direction

Most Read