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Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2015


It’s 1965, and a young woman has vanished from the streets of Bristol. A Caribbean immigrant, unable to hear or speak, she is invisible to the police and lost to the biting winter night.

Enter Joseph Tremaine Ellington. An ex-cop fleeing a broken heart and a tragic past in Barbados, only to find himself choosing between starving or freezing to death in England. That is, until local big shot Earl Linney hires him to track down the missing girl, casting him adrift in the murky waters of sex, kidnapping and conspiracy among the shebeens, brothels and nightclubs of his strange new reality.

Navigating a hostile environment full of prejudice and violence, he discovers other women are missing, and Earl Linney’s hands are far from clean. As JT uncovers the truth, each clue draws him deeper into the world of vice. Dangerous and unfamiliar, it’s a world that could prove deadly.

Product Details


Published: 7th January 2014
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 384 pages
ISBN: 9781845027759


Published: 30 June 2022
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 384 pages
ISBN: 9781785303944


M.P. 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. His first novel, Heartman was longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger in 2015.


"Excellent read, really compelling, loved the picture you paint of 60s Bristol. Loved it." DERMOT O'LEARY

"A compelling read!" MARTINA COLE

"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

"A newcomer bursting with life and originality." THE INDEPENDENT

"A good plot with lively dialogue and Ellington an engaging hero." THE TIMES

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