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Leicester Alumnus Thriller Writer Signs Deal With US Publisher

Leicester graduate and former Council member Martin Bodenham's debut novel The Geneva Convention.

Leicester Alumnus Thriller Writer Signs Deal With US Publisher

First novel snapped up in record time

University of Leicester graduate and former university Council member, Martin Bodenham, has signed a publishing deal with US publisher, Musa Publishing. The deal is for his first novel, The Geneva Connection, a financial thriller based around the private equity market and involving organised drug crime. The book comes out on 16 December.

Bodenham studied for his economics degree with the university between 1978 and 1981. His career includes twenty-five years working in senior roles in private equity and corporate finance, including partner positions at KPMG and Ernst & Young. Currently, he is the CEO of London-based private equity firm Advantage Capital.

Bodenham said: “I have wanted to write a novel for some years, but have only recently found the time. They say you should write about what you know, so I chose to set my thriller against the backdrop of the international private equity markets. As much of the story is in the US, I thought it might appeal to a US publisher. Musa Publishing was the first US publisher I approached with my manuscript, and they issued a contract for it within forty-eight hours!”

The Geneva Connection is about John Kent, who thought he had it all. The phenomenal success of his private equity firm has propelled him into the world’s wealthy super-league. Self-made and from a poor background, he’s living his dream. Then he discovers his financial backers are a front for the world’s largest organised crime group, the Mexican Caruana drug cartel. It is run by Felix Safuentes, also known as “Jivaro” after the South American tribe famous for decapitating its enemies. Kent’s nightmare hasn’t even started...

Bodenham is now working on his next financial thriller. In an interesting twist, he is offering his readers the chance to appear in this new novel. They need to supply their name and details, and one of them will be selected at random for the book. Details can be found on the news section of his website: .

“Already, I have plans for my third novel. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be able to give up the day job and focus entirely on my writing. That would be fun,” said Bodenham.

  • Author: Martin Bodenham
  • Publisher: Musa Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-61937-071-5
  • Published: 16 December 2011
  • Price: $4.99

Click here to order a copy of The Geneva Convention.


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