'Page turning historical detective fiction at its finest.'
- DERMOT O'LEARY
'This is terrific crime fiction - evocative, socially aware and gripping - and JT Ellington is a compelling protagonist.'
- MARK BILLINGHAM
A HAUNTED MAN. A BURIED PAST. A JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS.
'Brother, a dead body can't run from a coffin, but their spirit sure as hell can try.'
1967, Bristol. Life is tough for JT Ellington, ex-cop and reluctant private eye. He's still trading in favours, helping those scared of the police or trying to stay one step ahead of the law.
But when news arrives of a tragedy that's unfolded thousands of miles away, JT's life gets even tougher. He needs to journey home to Barbados to pay his final respects - but first he must travel to New York, where his cousin Vic is boss of a criminal empire.
On Harlem's mean streets, JT is fast entangled with Evangeline - a smooth as velvet Black Panther - along with Pigfoot, a Bajan too flash with his knife. As the underworld draws him in, JT discovers the extent of Vic's criminal activities - a web of violence that stretches to Barbados and back, and connects him to the deaths of JT's beloved wife and daughter.
Embroiled in a world of drugs, corruption, voodoo and the legacy of slavery, can JT escape the demons of his past as he returns to the island of his birth?
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.