Accountant’s new novel weaves a tale of revenge

NRHNLM110801B2 - Henaor Author Phil Neale, with a copy of his new book
NRHNLM110801B2 - Henaor Author Phil Neale, with a copy of his new book

A CRIME writer from Heanor says his fourth full length novel is a must for thriller fans everywhere.

Published author, Philip Neale, of Platts Avenue, is due to release his latest fictional work on August 26.

Threads of Deceit tells the story of textile factory worker James Poynter, who accidentally spots his boss ‘getting up to something he shouldn’t’.

It results in James being framed for the act and fired from his job. The ambitious young man then plots his revenge against his former boss by taking up a position at a rival company.

Philip, 59, said: “You should buy this book if you like a good adventure or a mystery, if you like crime and if you want all of these without bad language - they are books that anyone can read.”

Philip said the events in the book were inspired by a real event that took place during his 18 years in the textile industry in Derby. The book is set further away, in Taunton, Bristol and sees his lead character travelling the globe in pursuit of revenge.

The Heanor writer, who has a day job as an accountant, only turned his hand to fiction in 2007 when he entered an international short story competition called Too Write.

His story was one of a thousand entrants. He had little writing experience beforehand, but his piece ended up in the top 10.

He then began producing more short stories and posting them on onlibe writers’ forums, so he could receive some feedback on his work.

A year later, in 2008, Philip had his first novel, A Ticket to Tewkesbury, accepted by Kent-based publishers Pneuma Springs. It sold 500 copies.

“The deal looked too good to be true,” he said. “But it is an honest company and as long as you manage to stick to the time table and deadlines then that’s fine.”

Philip, who has written a book every year since 2007, was accepted into the prestigious British Crime Writers’ Association alongside the likes of Ruth Rendall, says he finds time to squeeze in writing his books at lunchtimes, after work and at weekends.

But he says that his toughest critic is wife of 35 years, Lynn. “Lynn gets to read everything,” he added. “If it’s no good Lynn will say it’s a load of rubbish!”

Father-of-two Philip is now working on a further two manuscripts that he hopes will also be published.

Threads of Deceit will be available to buy in Waterstones, Amazon and WH Smiths from August 26.