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The Hanging Club

by Tony Parsons

Part of the DC Max Wolfe Series

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LoveReading View on The Hanging Club

The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female boss here has some sad personal tragedy to cope with leaving Max in charge for a bit. The case they are chasing is vigilante stuff, where hangings are streamed live on the web. Those hanged seem unconnected but all have committed horrible crimes and got off lightly. An organised gang of four masked executioners take the law into their own hands. This is fast suspenseful stuff with lots of human touches as one would expect from the author of Man and Boy and Starting Over. We learn more of Max himself who is a single parent with a five year old daughter just starting school and a very interesting old schoolfriend, ex-Afghan veteran, who makes a dramatic appearance. This is a clever, highly recommended thriller, with some interesting historical facts about London. I loved it.

One of our Books of the Year 2016.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Tony Parsons.

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The Hanging Club Synopsis

JUDGE JURY WITNESS HANGMAN. A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them by the neck until dead. As the bodies pile up and riots explode across the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe hunts a gang of killers who many believe to be heroes. And discovers that the lust for revenge starts very close to home...

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The Hanging Club Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Lesley Mumbray-Williams - 'a brilliant and compelling read, frightening and thoroughly enjoyable.  Highly recommended!'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'grabbed me from the opening sentence and didn't let go until the last page...By far the best Max Wolfe novel.'
  • Anne Rhodes - 'What is justice? What is revenge? What is retribution? These questions will pop in and out of your thoughts as you read – you may change your mind along the way – but you will be spell-bound from the first page to the last!'
  • Alan Brown - 'A thriller with a conscience. An excellent beginning and a good story. Emotional and cerebral.'
  • Lisa Hall - 'Another brilliant instalment in the DC Max Wolfe series - fast paced, twisty and very, very addictive...this is far and away the best so far.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'Another thrilling read; I highly recommend the whole series!'
  • Carol Peace - 'A great read and one that held my attention from the very first page through to the very last. A reading roller coaster. 5*'
  • Mary Chapman - 'D C Wolfe was a well written and believable character. I was gripped from page one.'
  • Katherine Stewart - 'A gripping story.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'The Hanging Club is one of those books that draws you in and keeps you hooked until the very end. People taking the law into their own hands and hanging evil men. DI Wolfe is on the case.'
  • Judith Sharp - 'Fantastic crime series.  A must read together with the first two in the series.  DC Max Wolfe should get a promotion to DS after this latest exploit.'
  • Ray Orgill - 'This is not a book for the over-squeamish but it has quite a twist at the end.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A British author of thrillers to compete in the Premier League of crime writing.'
  • Clare Turner - 'A gripping story, atmospheric, thought-provoking and exciting. Strongly recommended, especially for Max Wolfe fans!'
  • Linda Birt - 'I enjoyed reading about DC Wolfe family as the investigations left me breathless.'
  • Kate Moloney - 'The Hanging Club is a brilliant, tautly written thriller. Graphic, dark and suspenseful, it is an excellent installment in the DC Max Wolfe series.'
  • Melanie Rose - 'The next DC Wolfe instalment ...  just gets better.'
  • Daran Bellingham - 'If you like novels that make you question things in your head then this is for you, vigilantism and capital punishment are the main themes of the story. '
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'I was hooked from the very first sentence in the prologue...I have not read the first two books featuring DC Max Wolfe but I will be doing now.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'With a number of twists and turns it is a fascinating tale where you feel there is a great deal of truth in it – worryingly though it may be.  I would thoroughly recommend it.'

The Hanging Club Press Reviews

The third in the London based detective series featuring a man I really like, one Max Wolf, second in command in the Saville Row Crime Squad. His very human female boss here has some sad personal tragedy to cope with leaving Max in charge for a bit. The case they are chasing is vigilante stuff, where hangings are streamed live on the web. Those hanged seem unconnected but all have committed horrible crimes and got off lightly. An organised gang of four masked executioners take the law into their own hands. This is fast suspenseful stuff with lots of human touches as one would expect from the author of Man and Boy and Starting Over. We learn more of Max himself who is a single parent with a five year old daughter just starting school and a very interesting old schoolfriend, ex-Afghan veteran, who makes a dramatic appearance. This is a clever, highly recommended thriller, with some interesting historical facts about London. I loved it.

One of our Books of the Year 2016.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Tony Parsons.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099591078
Publication date: 23/02/2017
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781780892375
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099591078
Publication date: 23rd February 2017
Author: Tony Parsons
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery,

About Tony Parsons

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 ...

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