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Successful author now working on fourth novel!

Bingley-bred thriller writer, Pat Monteath, is this month’s Dreamchaser. Now 62, he moved to the area when he was three, first living in Cottingley then High Eldwick.

Pat MonteathHis parents owned and ran a commercial photography business, which some readers might remember – Myrtle Studios on the High Street. “An early memory was the young, then unknown, Harvey Smith competing at the Bingley Show on Farmer’s Boy,” says Pat, whose Bingley childhood saw him living in both rural areas and near the town-centre.

He attended Myrtle Park Primary School and Ilkley Leeds Road Junior School, where his interest in writing blossomed. The first found expression in poetry, with his first composition at the age of nine.

Pat went on to Bradford’s City High School via Ben Rhydding Secondary Modern and then studied Electronics at Hull College of Advanced Technology. Upon graduation, he worked first for Decca before being headhunted by the Ministry of Defence – a role he is not allowed to talk about, but which fanned his interest in the world of espionage and counter-intelligence.

Throughout this period, his passion for creative writing was undimmed and he produced a vast number of poems on hundreds of subjects and themes. Among these were humorous, thought-provoking, romantic and Elizabethan-style compositions.

His advice to anybody who wants to try their hand at writing is to just do it. “You might not make a fortune, but life’s too short not to spend it doing what you love.”

Published

Pat’s poetry met with great success, being published widely in the US, Canada and the UK under the pen name, David Monteath.

He diversified by moving into fiction and screenwriting in the late 90’s, earning further plaudits for his work. After being shortlisted in a Channel 4 short drama competition in 2000, he published his first novel, the ‘faction’ thriller, Who Pays the Ferryman? three years later.

Set in and around the murky world of political intrigue, Intelligence Service.

Dirty tricks and dangerous terrorist groups during ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, it met with great critical acclaim and delighted readers with its breakneck pace, credible characters, intriguing plot and cross and double cross.

“It followed a chance meeting in a Kent pub with the man who was the inspiration for Richard James, one of the book’s central characters,” recalls Pat. “Many more interviews and two years of extensive research were to follow before I felt sufficiently informed to start writing though.”

The first in a trilogy, Who Pays The Ferryman? asks why, in the 1980’s, did a Quick Reactionary Force of armed Police descend on a quiet wooded area near a village in Kent and arrest a group of men? Who were Richard James and his friend, Paul Jones, and what had they done wrong? Were they terrorists or was the deployment of a heavily armed Police response unit the result of some more politically sensitive transgression?

Labyrinth

The story takes the reader through a labyrinth of questions and answers, as they follow the factional account of Richard and Paul – from their arrest back to earlier times when they worked in Ireland.

How they were made an offer they could not refuse to work for a wealthy landowner in the Republic, only to become sucked into the twilight zone of subterfuge and espionage. Who was Brendan O’Shea, their employer in Eire? What did he really stand for?

During his time in the Republic, Richard becomes embroiled in two sectarian murder and terrorist attempt to recruit him. He is introduced to Brendan’s cousins, the Devlin brothers, who, on a night out, take him to an IRA stronghold deep in the rural woodlands. Here, he is shot at and taken on a nightmare car journey through the narrow twisting country byways – but for what reason?

Is supposed friend, Sean – a member of the UDR – really Richard’s ally or has he a hidden agenda? Who are the Irishmen in the blue Volvo who kidnap Richard at gunpoint and who do they really work for? Are they IRA or Special Forces and whose trap has he fallen into?

Guessing

Who Pays The Ferryman? presents readers with more questions than answers and leaves them guessing right to the end.

The first in a trilogy that takes the reader deep into a closed and dangerous world, its sequel, Operation Orpheus was published in 2005 and the third instalment, Codename Beggerman, released last October.

A fourth novel is now in development. With the working title, The Waiting Game, it is another ambitious thriller of grand sweep and scope that starts with the suspicious death of a shady Robert Maxwell type figure.

 
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