One of our Books of the Year 2015.
June 2015 Book of the Month.
Intelligently observed, full of horrific murders and more, this, the second in the ‘DC Max Wolfe’ series is a distinctive and stimulating read. Simple punchy sentences don't flinch from the cruel and gruesome side of life, in fact the uncomplicated style actually accentuates the deeply dark and forbidden. The touching connection between Wolfe and his daughter and their dog is an essential addition to this tale, to hold a light to the penetrating intensity of the investigation. The author has the ability to give this story a feeling of solid reality yet also the ambience of a blockbuster, it feels as though he has delved into the worst possible thoughts and imaginations and thrown the horror out into the world for us to encounter - it’s powerful stuff. ~ Liz Robinson
A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. DC Max Wolfe hunts a pitiless killer through the streets of London. This title is written by the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of The Murder Bag. On New Year's Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon - a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered - leads Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard's Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man. But the Slaughter Man has done his time, and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game? And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer - or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man? All Max knows is that he needs to find the missing child and stop the killer before he destroys another innocent family - or finds his way to his own front door...A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. And a detective who must learn that even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for...
Closing date: 06/09/2018
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Tony Parsons was best known for his novels of contemporary life, and after his move to the crime field, I asked him if he was confident that his literary skills would translate into the different demands of the new genre. He smiled wryly. ‘That’s for other people to judge, but I’m encouraged by the fact that such people as Lee Child and Sophie Hannah have made positive noises about The Murder Bag – and when my editor told me she wanted a London-set series, I thought – well, bloody hell, I can do that!’ The Slaughter Man is his second entry in the sequence, and more than matches its predecessor in vividness and pungency. Detective Max Wolfe is on the trail of a ruthless serial killer in the streets of London, but to resolve the case, he is obliged to crack some dark family secrets.
'Spectacular! Tense and human, fast and authentic.' --Lee Child for The Murder Bag
'A relentless plot, evocative prose and compelling portraits of the characters, good and evil, conspire to make this a must read.' -Jeffery Deaver for The Murder Bag
Publication date: 21/05/2015
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||21st May 2015|
|Publisher:||Century an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Tony Parsons left school at sixteen and his first job in journalism was at the New Musical Express. His first journalism after leaving the NME was when he was embedded with the Vice Squad at 27 Savile Row, West End Central. The roots of the DC Max Wolfe series started here. Since then he has become an award-winning journalist and bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into more than forty languages. The Murder Bag, the first novel in the DC Max Wolfe series, went to number one on first publication in the UK. The Slaughter Man was also a Sunday ...More About Tony Parsons