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Former Met Police officer releases debut crime thriller with help from Harpenden publisher

PUBLISHED: 13:38 26 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:38 26 June 2019

Author Neil Lancaster has teamed up with a Harpenden publisher to deliver a new crime thriller called Going Dark. Picture: Submitted by Neil Lancaster

Author Neil Lancaster has teamed up with a Harpenden publisher to deliver a new crime thriller called Going Dark. Picture: Submitted by Neil Lancaster

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After 30 years hunting criminals, a retired Met Police detective knows the life of a covert cop inside out.

Author Neil Lancaster has teamed up with a Harpenden publisher to deliver a new crime thriller called Going Dark. Picture: Submitted by Neil LancasterAuthor Neil Lancaster has teamed up with a Harpenden publisher to deliver a new crime thriller called Going Dark. Picture: Submitted by Neil Lancaster

Author Neil Lancaster, who lived in Hertfordshire for 25 years, has teamed up with a Harpenden publisher to deliver a new crime thriller.

Going Dark, released in April, tells the story of ex-Royal Marine Det Sgt Tom Novak, who infiltrates a people-trafficking gang in Bosnia.

The debut novel has received rave reviews and reached number 40 on the Amazon Kindle UK charts, peaking at number three in the Scottish Crime category.

It has been released by Burning Chair, a Harpenden-based publisher founded in 2017 by Pete Oxley and Simon Finnie.

Neil worked as a surveillance expert at the Metropolitan Police for over 30 years, even working on the investigation of notorious serial killer Levi Bellfield.

He was a member of the covert ops team deployed to undergo 24/7 surveillance of Bellfield before his arrest.

In 2015, Neil retired to the Scottish Highlands, though a second career as a best-selling author was never part of the plan.

He said: "After moving here, I had a look for some freelance work with insurance companies and some other places, but the work was sporadic. And it wasn't particularly interesting.

"I found myself with some time on my hands, and I've been a reader all my life, so I thought - why not try to write a book.

"I never thought I was that creative, but I've found I really enjoy the process. And I've been fortunate to have so many great reviews. Now I think - I can do this.

"The reaction has been a little overwhelming, if I am honest. I'm currently sitting on 56 reviews on Amazon - all unbelievably positive four or five star reviews."

Neil is working on a sequel, and hopes to complete it by the end of 2019.

In a recent blog on his website, Neil said: "I am so thankful to everyone who has taken the time to review, it means so much to have people tell you how much they love your work."

See the book at www.amazon.co.uk/Going-Dark-Neil-Lancaster-ebook/dp/B07PS3W8VN

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