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@Read E-pub Á Heartman Í 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 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 Barbad 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 Heartman is the first in the series following ex copper Joseph Tremaine Ellington.Joseph has had a lot of heart ache in his life Having had to leave the country which has been his home for many years, he finds himself in Bristol, jobless and on the verge of being made homeless.Doing some private investigating is not something that Joseph really wants to do but having no money he has little choice As Joseph delves into the disappearance of Stella, the whole story starts to get a whole lot darke Heartman is the first in the series following ex copper Joseph Tremaine Ellington.Joseph has had a lot of heart ache in his life Having had to leave the country which has been his home for many years, he finds himself in Bristol, jobless and on the verge of being made homeless.Doing some private investigating is not something that Joseph really wants to do but having no money he has little choice As Joseph delves into the disappearance of Stella, the whole story starts to get a whole lot darker It s obvious that certain people would rather he didn t stick his nose into certain matters and the people that talk to Joseph seem to have a habit of turning up dead.Heartman is a novel that gently drew me into it and before to long I found myself hooked Joseph is a great character Not only does he have to live with a personal loss, he also has to live in a world where prejudices were unfortunately a very common occurrence I have to say I loved the relationship between Joseph and his landlady It s very obvious from the start that she is not happy about him living there I have to say though as the story goes on, not only does the reader really warm to him, so does his very frosty landlady.With a few shocks and surprises in store, I found Heartman to be a really enjoyable read Can t wait to readin the series.Many thanks to the author and Black and White Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 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 or 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 Review to follow