A NEW novel tells the story of a multi-million-pound Mafia corruption plot – on Wearside.
Sunderland-born author David Atkinson spent almost a year writing I Have To Get It Right, a thriller partly based in the North East.
It follows the adventures of Patrick Steele, an accountant with martial arts training.
He attempts to foil a plan by the Italian organised crime syndicate to apparently blackmail a local government planning committee to give contracts to a building firm under its control.
David, a retired teacher from Silksworth, said it was important that his home city featured in his first book, which also includes a storyline involving gangsters from the Japanese Yakuza.
“It was always my plan to somehow include the area in the book,” he said. “The story begins in Washington, before continuing in the North East and farther afield.
“It works really well. It’s something a bit unusual.”
The dad-of-three, who moved to Yorkshire, said he still has fond memories of his time growing up on Wearside.
“It’s an area I know and love,” he said. “Although I struggle to get back very often, it’s where I grew up and I’ll never forget my time there.
“I’m still a Sunderland fan and even one of my sons, who was born and bred in Yorkshire, supports the team.”
David, 61, said it was always his ambition to launch a writing career.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “It can be a lot of hard work, but in the end it’s worth it.
“I’ve already finished a second book and I’m working on my third.
“It’s always difficult to get a book noticed, to make the public aware of it, but it seems to be selling quite well.
“It’s had a pretty good response.”
I Have To Get It Right is available in both paper and e-book format from Amazon.