Crime author James Craig is to visit Hook library to talk about his new novel as part of a readers’ day event.

The latest in a four-part series, The Circus features Inspector Carlyle, an unexceptional policeman caught in a web of corruption and unsure of his next move.

The story takes inspiration from the recent phone-hacking scandal.

Craig says: “It deals with issues that are very close to home. It’s looking at that area where the police and the political establishment interact and can be corrupted.

“It’s about a guy who knows what the right thing to do is, but doesn’t know if he can do it. If the price of doing it is too great, he’s prepared to walk away.”

Craig will sign copies of the new book. He says: "This will be the first time I’ve spoken at a library. I’m looking forward to it."

Other attractions on the day include a session with Mary Hooper, author of the popular Megan series of books aimed at teens, from 1pm to 2pm, a music class for under-fives, and a book-making workshop.

James Craig; Hook library, the Hook Centre; Hook Road, Hook; February 9, 3pm to 4pm; call 020 8547 6254.