Heartman This is a terrific debut novel from Mark Wright a local author to me, who came to my attention through a book event at Leicester Central Library I had intended to read it before meeting him on 02.10.2014 but had only read up to Chapter 21 The author s personal story and commitment to his writing, along with the quality of the early chapters led me to want to finish the book as soon as possible and submit a review.Location can be a character in a book and I was facinated to learn that he had originally intended to set his story in Leicester However, this didn t quite fit and the chosen setting is Bristol during the mid 60 s The protagonist is newly arrived in Great Britain from the eastern Caribbean nation of Barbados He has family in Bristol but has left a heap of trouble behind him, including dishonourable discharge from the police force he served for 15 years and the loss of his wife and daughter.His troubles go from bad to worse jobless, pennyless and threatened with homelessness he is approached by a local politician to help find a missing young woman Joseph Ellington, JT within his community and to his friends, accepts the assignment and the book is about those enquiries and his re adjustment as a person What I especially enjoyed about the book was the sense of place and time although it is centred mostly among the caribbean community in and around St Paul s, Bristol The author is an outsider here himself and it makes his writing that much stronger, careful and well researched There are stereotypes waiting to trip the unwary but apart from the use of patois you do not feel anything other than acceptance into the world JT inhabits I am aware of his culture and the food, drink and music that affects him but I feel alongside him, not reading him as a black man, nor standing back and observing an alien environment But integrated and longing to understand his past and share his story, especially since it is tied up in this mysterious disappearance Sharing that journey is both a pleasure and a sense of foreboding as Ellington wrestles prejudice, understanding his own people and the newness of a Country he used to serve in a colonial post and where he is just another immigrant.Wright doesn t over play this hand although it does seem to snow alot and in fairness there is a wide spectrum of excellent characterisation and believable people to help and hinder our hero I am amazed how much he has been able to get into the book without going over 400 pages I am also delighted to learn this series may be at least a trilogy as there is such a rich buffet of ideas and insights to satisfy even the most voracious reader.Above all this is wonderful writing The plot is compelling and keeps one rivetted As mentioned, perhaps with the belief in voodoo and duppy there is a prevailing threat throughout the novel where you feel no one is safe.I almost became critical of this style of writing feeling the main character although not bothered if he should live or die would be mindful of his actions on others Then I read the author s afterword in his acknowledgements he gave a big shout out to the works of James Lee Burke and I saw in Ellington a shadow of Dave Robicheaux, a rich echo of personal loss and sorrow The noir I was picking up now made sense and part of the reason I loved this book came into focus, This isn t a pale copy of another s work, the influence is undoubtedly there but this is a real tour de force I cannot praise its originality enough Mark Wright took a number of risks with this project and we should rejoice it was published at all, When his stock rises I will be glad to have met him so early on his path but this is no novice writer he is an accomplished author who will deserve all the success and awards that await him. A really enjoyable debut from MP Wright It is fresh and has a distinctive setting, namely 1960s Bristol during a bitter winter The story s hero is JT Ellington, fresh from Barbados, where he was a police sergeant He left the island in tragic circumstances, his wife and daughter having perished after he took on corrupt cops and a drug boss.In Bristol, he is down on his luck, when a wealthy alderman, and Jamaican, asks him to trace a missing young woman he cares for JT embarks on a perilous search that takes him into privileged circles, where sexual depravity rides hand in hand with corruption.It s a terrific premise, and seeing JT trying to make progress in a world where racism is legal and widespread is engrossing The narrative hits the occasional bum note of historical dubiousness, but the thriller is gripping This looks like being the start of an intriguing series with JT. Review to follow Heartman is a new take on a tried and trusted formula and it is well done Joseph JT Ellington is down on his luck having lost the job he got when he immigrated to the UK from Barbados He is drowning his sorrows in the pub when he is approached by Earl Linney, Alderman and businessman, with cash and a proposal Linney will pay JT well to find Stella Hopkins, a young, black deaf mute who disappeared a few weeks before JT takes the offer and soon finds he has bitten off than he could imagine.JT is, in outline, your typical outsider detective, in this case literally as he is a foreigner, with a tragic past, a fondness for the drink and a dogged determination to see the job through but he has a strong support network of family and friends which lends a warmth to the novel that many others don t have You also get a strong sense of his Afro Caribbean heritage which I like as I m always interested in ways of life I don t know about The other characters in his circle are equally well drawn and add to the warmth and sense of community in the novel.The plot is, as I ve said, nothing we haven t seen before the unholy alliance between the pampered rich and unscrupulous criminals It is violent and stomach churning at points but true to the time setting I m reminded of the Kray Twins casual violence The ending, however, is different with a few unexpected twists and a great deal of pathos which I found very emotional and extremely well done Apart from JT having a fridge a real luxury item in the early 60s I think the historical detail is better than most novels set in the 60s I have read and reminded me of a few things I had forgotten from my childhood.I really liked Heartman and am looking forward to the next instalment I don t hesitate to recommend it as a very good read, not just for the plot but for the authentic setting, the characterisation and the emotional responses it elicits. Excellent book gripping, bloody I have a new hero JT Ellington Enquiry Agent If you like a Chandler like thriller with blood and guts, loyalty and family, drama and tragedy set in the 60s with excellent characters get this book J T Ellington a ex cop and a tragic past hangs heavy on his heart has left Barbados with the promise for a better life in 60 s Bristol with no work and hostilities from the locals.Local shady businessman earl Linney approaches JT when is skint and persuades him to do a job for him to look in to the disappearance of a young west indian disadvantaged Stella Hopkins who is deaf mute on the quiet and has to battle the corrupt police and seedy underworld of prostitution kidnappings to get to the truth and find out what the clandestine erotica negro club has to do with the disappearance of Stella and why is earl throwing lots of money at JT to get to the truth.TERRIFIC debut novel by mark wright set in a harsh winter where racism is stirring with the influx of islanders from the Caribbean coming over to the homeland.A very good read and will recommend this book to anyone Thoroughly enjoyed this dark, deep novel with some interesting characters Looking forward to books. Bristol, Joseph Tremaine JT Ellington, An Ex Cop With A Tragic Past And A Broken Heart, Has Left His Native Barbados In Search Of A Better Life In The Mother Country But Bristol In The Sixties Is Far From The Promised Land And JT Faces Hostility From Both The Weather And The PeopleThen Local Mogul Earl Linney Approaches Him He Needs JT S Help Finding Stella Hopkins, A Young Deaf And Mute West Indian Woman Who Has Gone Missing, And Who The Police Aren T Interested In Searching For With Rent Due, And No Job, JT Has Little Option Than To AcceptCalling On His Wits And Not So Honest Cousin Vic For Help, JT Soon Finds Himself Adrift In A Murky World Of Prostitution And Kidnapping Where Every Lead Reveals Mystery And Nobody Can Be Trusted What Is Linney S Connection To The Girl Have Women Gone Missing And What Exactly Is The Erotica Negro Club Facing Hostility And Prejudice As Well As The Demons From Home He Thought He D Escaped, JT Must Unravel A Deadly Conspiracy In A Dangerous And Unfamiliar World Wow Too emotional to write a review at present Heartman is the first in a series of reviews I m going to do featuring Bristol based characters or authors, related to my beautiful home CityCould I have picked anything better to start this series of reviews The resounding answer is NO Heartman is the first book in a 4 book series, the very recently released, The Sinner s Prayer, the last.This first story is based in 1960 s Bristol, starring a crafty old fox of a detective in Bajan , J.T.Ellington, not long arrived from the island of Barbados, he s left his home island following a tragedy with his wife and daughter, he s now looking to start a new life.M.P Wright spins a mesmerizing tale, employed by a pillar of the local black community, J.T sets about looking for a missing mute girl.An absolutely intriguing, fascinating and brilliant story ensues as M.P.Wright and J.T Ellington take us into the dark side of Bristol, the pubs ,the clubs, the shebeens, the whore houses and.J.T is a stubborn , wily, crafty, clever , intelligent beast, assisted by his not so law abiding but equally persistent cousin Vic, he takes no prisoners in his quest to both solve the crime but do right , both for the victim, but deep down for himself and his lost loved ones.A deeply immersive tale, I found myself hypnotised by the authors words.The descriptive writing of the era that J.T lived in and , indeed, my home town are quite brilliant, M.P Wright has clearly surrounded himself in Bristol life and culture, he pulls no punches, telling it how is, he s taught and educated me in this book.The writing is inviting and enchanting, it s gripping stuff The pace doesn t let up as J.T pursues his prey.Character wise, J.T is a brilliant protagonist, his cousin Vic, is a firework waiting to go off I felt he was almost as important as J.T to the story On the subject of characters, M.P Wright introduces us to some wonderful people, Aunt Pearl and Uncle Gabe amongst them.Locales are so on point, so bang on, you could be there as the author describes it.There are also some real heart breaking moments in this book I ll leave that there for you to discover.Wrapping up my review, I can, hand on heart say, that my love of my home city has in no way influenced my thoughts or review,This dark, Rum soaked, Crime Thriller is a first class work.I was blown away, I ve read some astonishing books this year, is this up there Yes I devoured this book And I m now turning the pages of book 2.I ll see you again soon with my review of All Through Night5 Flaming

Mark Wright was born in Leicestershire in 1965 He was employed in various roles within the music industry before working as a private investigator He retrained in 1989 and spent the next twenty years in the mental health and probation services in the UK, specialising in risk assessment A self confessed aficionado of film, music and real ale, and father of two beautiful daughters, Mark lives wi

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  • Paperback
  • 380 pages
  • Heartman
  • M.P. Wright
  • English
  • 06 April 2017
  • 9781845027759

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