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Heartman (J.T. Ellington Series) by [Wright, M.P.]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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This is a newcomer bursting with life and originality ... Wright says his hero is the US author James Lee Burke, chronicler of crime in the steamy American South. Wright's own atmospheric evocation of the Caribbean community shows that he has absorbed the lessons of the master, while bringing outstanding pace and suspense to this powerful story, which happily allows me to end on a very high note of commendation. --The Independent

This is as stylish, fresh and cool as the decade it's set in. JT Ellington is one hell of a character and Heartman is one hell of a book. --Emlyn Rees

Wright takes us into the dark underbelly of 1960s Bristol with panache and flair. In JT Ellington, Wright has created a truly original detective. Atmospheric & punchy, Heartman showcases an exciting new voice in the genre. --Stav Sherez

About the Author

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 with his partner and their two Rottweiler dogs, Tiff and Dylan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1574 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J9EU3AA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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By Raven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 July 2014
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Always keen to bang the drum for debut crime authors, I was more than intrigued by the premise of this one by M. P. Wright. Mentally riffling through my crime knowledge, I failed to think of a single book that had used the backdrop of 1960′s Bristol, and equally that focused on the significant changes on its demographic following the influx of immigrants to Britain in this period. My curiosity was piqued and, like many other reviewers, I was more than pleasantly surprised by Heartman.

The absolute stand out feature of this book is the characterisation of not only the highly credible and empathetic JT Ellington, whose investigative services are called upon when a vulnerable young woman disappears, but unusually every character no matter how large or small their part in the book. With Wright’s pitch perfect descriptions of their appearance, speech, temperament, humour and their interaction with others, every character reaches out from the page with clarity and most importantly believability. Ellington is a masterful creation, and although I did doubt the weighty comparison to Mosley’s Easy Rawlins, he is revealed as a man of contrary mood, a strong moral core, yet haunted by the tragic events of his past. I loved the interplay between him and his cohorts, in particular his colourful and avuncular cousin Vic, a loveable rogue and a bon vivant of the highest order, all too keen to get sucked into Ellington’s investigation and to get a piece of whatever action follows. Equally, the slow-witted but faithful friend Carnell and his sassy wife Loretta, provide another source of comic relief, in what is, all told, a dark and sordid narrative.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The description of the 1960's was interesting as was the writing about Bristol. Just enough information to allow the imagination to take over. Good and unusual yarn that moved along at a good pace. I look forward to more thrills with JT Ellington, who seems to be a likeable chap as does his cousin and sidekick. If you like a detective with a difference then I recommend this book.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 April 2016
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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 more 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.
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