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Ears of the city (A Johnny Ace crime novel)

Ears of the city (A Johnny Ace crime novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ron Ellis
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'Matt Scrufford's ears were posted to his father in a Jiffy bag. Not the sort of thing you'd want to open first thing in the morning over your Shredded Wheat. The rest of him turned up a few days later at the bottom of the Huskisson Dock.'
Johnny Ace, one-time Merseybeat drummer, now a radio presenter and property landlord, reads about it in the Daily Post and realised the dead boy is the son of Mally Scrufford, singer with his old group, The Cruzads. Johnny starts to investigate and soon unravels a tortuous mystery where past and present merge with terryfying consequences.
Told with Ron Ellis's famous black humour and set in an authentic Liverpool background featuring many real life characters and places.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Nirvana (31 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Writer, Broadcaster and Photographer, Ron is the author of the popular series of crime novels set on Merseyside featuring Liverpool radio D.J./Private Eye, Johnny Ace.
He also writes the D.C.I. Glass mystery series.
All his books have been published in hardback, paperback, large print and audio.
As well as his fiction titles, Ron has written 'Southport Faces' a social history of the town seen through the eyes of 48 of its best-known residents.
His 'Journal of a Coffin Dodger', the hilarious adventures of an 84 year old playboy, has been serialised on BBC Radio and poems from his collection of poetry, 'Last of the Lake Poets', have won several nationwide competitions.
During the 1980's, he conducted over 192 interviews with friends and relatives of John Lennon for Albert Goldman's biography, 'The Lives of John Lennon'.
Ron writes the football reports for the Southport Champion and is also their theatre and arts reviewer as well as being a regular contributor to magazines such as Lancashire Life.
He runs his own publishing company, Nirvana Books', whose catalogue includes Kate Ellis's 'The Devil's Priest', 'The Village That Was Formby' by Joan Rimmer and Spencer Leigh's history of Merseybeat, 'Twist and Shout'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ears of the city 14 Dec 2011
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I have long been a fan of Ron Ellis and, especially, his Johnny Ace series set in Liverpool. So I was delighted to find that the first in the series has been released on kindle, with further books to follow.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Johnny Ace is a DJ on a radio show and owns several properties in the city, which he rents out. He also used to be a drummer in a Merseybeat band, called the Cruzards. However, the band broke up many years before and Johnny Ace has hardly given them a second thought. Although he has his radio show and the income from his properties, he has a lot of spare time, not all of which can be taken up by his two girlfriends - the bubbly Hilary and Maria, the new love in his life. In a way, Johnny Ace has never really grown up - he dislikes commitment and likes music and his beloved Everton. So when a familiar name pops up from a newspaper, he is intrigued. Mally Scrufford, fellow band member, has recently suffered the loss of his son - whose ears had been mailed to him before his body was found, with no clue as to why he was killed.

With too much time on his hands, Johnny begins to ask around. He visits Mally and looks into leads involving the University, Matt's girlfriend and unsavoury nightclubs. At first it seems a challenge, almost like playing detective. Then, though, the situation becomes much more serious. Other members of the band receive envelopes containing snippets of hair, nail cuttings and vague threats. Then Johnny Ace is beaten up, his car tyres slashed, his flat nearly torched. What is going on and what does it have to do with an old, relatively unsuccessful band? Johnny Ace has no children, but the other members do and they are in danger...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ear Ear another good story 21 July 2014
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Excellent story, ruined by an unacceptable amount of errors in the editing, some sentences had to be read several times to make sense because of words that shouldn't have been there and words that meant something completely different to what was written, but I forgive, Ron Ellis can do no wrong for me he writes a terrific tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars formatting goes out but book is great. 3 Sep 2013
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The book is great. I have the paperback but bought the e books for travel. Only issue is the formatting goes wrong for a few pages in the middle which is a bit annoying. Enjoyable reading about a crime and visualizing the streets and sights of Liverpool
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