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The Blues Man is a gritty urban crime book, following a reformed drug dealer who finds himself prime suspect for a murder he didn t commit with not only the police, but the criminal underworld, out to get him.There is a tangled web a woman searching to uncover what happened to her sister, a series of drug dealers each seeking to hoodwink each other and expand their territories, corrupt cops and junkies.Webster does a good job of brining to life the complex, and dirty, underhand world of drug d The Blues Man is a gritty urban crime book, following a reformed drug dealer who finds himself prime suspect for a murder he didn t commit with not only the police, but the criminal underworld, out to get him.There is a tangled web a woman searching to uncover what happened to her sister, a series of drug dealers each seeking to hoodwink each other and expand their territories, corrupt cops and junkies.Webster does a good job of brining to life the complex, and dirty, underhand world of drug dealing The bad guys really are bad and have a nasty and ruthless streak, motivated by greed.The unlikely love story of Tanya and Leon gives a lighter edge to an otherwise dark book based on the streets of inner city London.I d have likedexploration of the blues there in this book, it seemed to bookend the book for me, rather than being an integral part of the story Also, an otherwise engaging story was, at times, made frustrating by typing errors and poor grammar Some mistakes were just careless, including the eightieth century house With the attention and eyes of a proof reader this book, for me, would be farpolished and easily move from the 3 to 4 star rating That said I could see this book forming the basis of a series following the gangsters and drug pushers of London Simon Redley s review of The Blues Man for bluesandsoul.comI ve discovered this amazingly talented Little Walter style blues harmonica player and songwriter, who with his guitar playing partner, make the sweetest blues music you could hear in the UK They busk at Marble Arch, play small club gigs in London and have now been signed to a major blues record label for an album and European tours Introducing Mr Leon Anderson on blues harp So when is Blues Soul magazine going to feature Leon i Simon Redley s review of The Blues Man for bluesandsoul.comI ve discovered this amazingly talented Little Walter style blues harmonica player and songwriter, who with his guitar playing partner, make the sweetest blues music you could hear in the UK They busk at Marble Arch, play small club gigs in London and have now been signed to a major blues record label for an album and European tours Introducing Mr Leon Anderson on blues harp So when is Blues Soul magazine going to feature Leon in its illustrious pages When am I going to include Mr Anderson and his partner Gary in my regular blues column, Simon Redley s Bluesville as ones to watch The simple answer is I am not Why I made em up The pair do not exist I am telling porkies Not unusual for a journalist, some may say, unkindly in this case But in this case, it is not me who has a vivid imagination and dreamed up this Leon character and his musical mate That my friends, is down to Londoner Robin Webster, now based in Somerset The former blues singer and harmonica player has written his first self published e book, The Blues Man 16 chapters, 161 pages and 87,666 words Very good it is too.If you like gritty British crime fiction, vivid characters that come to life on the pages and a gripping plotline, well crafted by a talented writer with bags of potential, then this is for you It s got style, but it is not for the faint hearted Drugs, guns, violence in bucket loads, sex, bad language, racism, police and political corruption, gang wars, murder, prostitution, blues music and betrayal it is all here writ large Think The Long Good Friday meets Kidulthood and a flavour of Reservoir Dogs Robin has English and Jamaican parents, spent most of his adult life in London where he was born, but now lives in the West Country with his wife He used to work within the prison service, and based the characters on various people he met inside in his job Witnessing gang members turning their lives around by focusing on a hidden talent, like playing an instrument or writing Avoiding a return to a life of crime on their release He was also influenced by the early career and story of blues star Errol Linton, who has toured all over the world and appeared on TV and radio playing his harmonica, but still busks on the underground in London Robin also studied the lives and careers of blues greats such as Little Walter and Howlin Wolf, who he says had an undercurrent of violence to their lives despite success as musicians.The book tells the story of Leon Anderson, who spends a decade in jail for a drug deal shooting, and now busks on harmonica he learned to play in prison.He wants to leave a life of crime to focus on his music He builds up a reputation on the London blues scene and eventually signs a record deal, with his partner Gary on guitar, and they land a European tour with a major blues act But a chance meeting with his former drug dealing partner, changes the course of his life in a dramatic and negative way He hooks up with a woman he falls for, whose call girl sister is missing, and their joint search for her puts both their lives in grave danger Actually, I don t want to say muchabout the plot, in case I spoil it for you.But there are many twists and turns, multiple layers of story telling and character building, all glued together nicely so it flows and doesn t send your mind into tilt, to try to keep up.I picked up the book on Friday and put it down the next night, reading it in two sessions An author s dream quote coming next, but I am sincere when I tell you I literally could not put it down and wanted to find out what happened next Robin has the rare talent to paint a picture and put you the reader there in that scene He writes with passion and emotion, graphic detail and builds his characters skilfully, so they are real and believable He delves deeply into the murky and dirty world of drugs and those who profit from them The Blues Man is the perfect letter of intent from a new, exciting British writer whose style ticks all the boxes for me as a supporter of British movies, a fan of crime and drama Also as a professional writer ofthan three decades, who recognises raw talent when he reads it This book would make a perfect screenplay for a low budget British crime movie or an after the water shed, TV drama I have already decided which actor and actress plays which character I only have one tiny gripe, and that concerns the use of the word brought when it should be bought, which crops up many times in the book I do hear that Robin Webster has started his second novel Happy to place my order now Remember his name conscious and conscience, spot the difference do you keep reading when obvious competent proof reading has not taken place London crime action thriller, very readable despite some dreadful spelling errors. Poorly written pulp, not really sure why I even finished it. Fast pace, intricate plot, some nice references to blues music and an uncompromising look at the seedy underbelly of London s drug dealing and prostitution world This book looked promising, but didn t quite live up to my expectations Why Because some of the characters were quite stereotypical, there were quite a lot of cliches and repetitions, as well as a few typos, the musical aspect was quite strong initially and then just felt wedged in by force, almost an afterthought which impinged upon Fast pace, intricate plot, some nice references to blues music and an uncompromising look at the seedy underbelly of London s drug dealing and prostitution world This book looked promising, but didn t quite live up to my expectations Why Because some of the characters were quite stereotypical, there were quite a lot of cliches and repetitions, as well as a few typos, the musical aspect was quite strong initially and then just felt wedged in by force, almost an afterthought which impinged upon the action I still believe this could be an interesting book, but it requires some judicious editing |Free Pdf ⚖ The Blues Man ☭ This book was a semifinalist in the international The Kindle Book Review Social Media Buzz competitionAfter spendingyears in prison for a drug related shooting, Leon Anderson wants nothing than to leave his criminal past behind him and to develop his newly found talent for playing the blues harmonica on street corners and in blues clubs Life seems to be going well for Leon as he builds his reputation on the local club scene and is offered a record deal and a European tour supporting an internationally well known blues band However, a chance meeting with his old friend and drug dealing partner Denzel Livingstone changes the course of his life A young call girl called Laura has disappeared and her sister Tanya is trying to trace her A troubled Denzel knows what has happened to her but he knows that if he follows his conscious and tells Tanya what she desperately wants to know he will place his own life in danger Leon also has his own reasons for wanting to find out what happened to the missing girl, and as the book develops he finds himself drawn to Tanya and tries to help her solve the mystery surrounding her sister disappearance Because of this Leon finds himself back in the violent world of drug gang wars, murder corruptionSimon Redley in Blues Soul Magazine said about The Blues Man If you like gritty British crime fiction, vivid characters that come to life on the pages and a gripping plotline, well crafted by a talented writer with bags of potential, then this is for you