The Art Of Staying Dead By Joel Hames


Book Description:

A prisoner who doesn’t exist.
A lawyer who doesn’t care.
A secret buried for thirty years.

Sam Williams’ idea of an important decision is whether to have another kebab for lunch. He’s spent ten years running away from other people’s pain, and he’s learned not to look back. Sam needs a client, and for a human rights lawyer with a flexible conscience and an impatient landlord, a high security prison seems a decent bet to find one. But now the bodies are mounting up, the decisions are getting serious, and the pain isn’t someone else’s any more.

Someone wants him dead, the police would like a word, and there’s nowhere left in London to hide. If Sam wants to stay alive, he’s going to have to stop running and figure out why.

My Thought’s:

The Art of Staying Dead is jammed packed full of action right from the start. From the beginning the author just literally drops the reader into the heat of the moment which is where it all begins for human rights lawyer Sam Williams.

Sam’s personal and work life probably couldn’t get any lower than where it is but after a horrible event that takes place in a high security prison, Sam’s world is totally thrown upside down.

Fans of action packed and fast paced thrillers will love this book. There is certainly one twist towards the end of the book which literally made my jaw drop open as was not expecting it. Word of warning though, kebabs being one of Sam’s favourite foods, gets mentioned quite often and you may end up carving one by the end.

This is the first of Joel Hames books that I have read and I found his writing style quite different from other books I have read in the same genre which was quite refreshing, will certainly be looking out for more by him.

Many Thanks to The Book Club and the author for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.

The Art of Staying Dead is due to be published on the 26th of May, you can pre order a copy now on and

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