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Lovereading Reader reviews ofThe Slaughter Man by Tony ParsonsBelow are the complete reviews, written by Lovereading members.Ray OrgillDetective Constable Max Wolfe isfar from the usual Londondetective but this time so is hisquarry. Many years back ‘TheSlaughter Man’ killed his victimby shooting them in the headusing a captive bolt gun which is adevice used in animal slaughterprior to the final despatching. Hewas subsequently caught,convicted and jailed. However thesame sort of thing appears to behappening again when fourmembers of the same family arekilled in the same fashion but thistime the youngest son iskidnapped. Is this the originalkiller at work once more or adepraved copycat? DC Wolfe'stask is to identify who hascommitted this dreadful executionbefore the kidnapped youngster meets the same fate. A very disturbing yetthought provoking task with violence aplenty.Melanie RoseWhat a great book! Very fast paced, easy to follow and just kept mewanting to read on till the end. This is the second novel to feature DC MaxWolfe but it won't matter if you've not read the first one. Hope there'll be morein the series soon.

Rachel HallAs a long term enthusiast of the writings of Tony Parsons, creator of thebeautiful Man and Boy saga I have long appreciated his talents. Returning to aTony Parsons novel always feels like returning to an old friend - poignant,evocative and a much underrated author. I therefore approached his first forayinto crime fiction with trepidation. I wanted ‘The Murder Bag’ to be a successand my word, what a wonderful novel it was! What I found was a crackingblend of a police procedural with a human element. It positively teemed withthe spirit of London, it bristled along with a compulsive action plot and was richin the detail and appreciation of a history of the criminal world, an oftenneglected aspect of many works of this genre. However, could Tony Parsonsbring this mix to the party for a second time and, more importantly, did hisleading man, DC Max Wolfe have the legs to become a fully-fledged defender ofthe people and protector of London?Without a doubt, the answer to all of the above is a resounding, "yes!” Whilsttaking all the elements of the first novel which were a success including Max'shome life and the resultant impact of coping as a single parent, and building onfrom his first case with the Murder Investigation Team of West End Central, hehas managed to create another novel with a fine appreciation of the history ofLondon and a nod to the notorious crimes which the Black Museum is testamentto. In this second novel, Parsons ratchets up the pace and manages to keep hishome life on the back burner as he lets the classy plot lead us further and furtherinto a riveting case. It is edge of the seat stuff and those with any kind offondness for our capital will positively adore the observations and appreciationof the sights and sounds which define our city.Building on from the first novel, Parsons sticks with the familiar formula andonce again finds himself thrust back into the world of the Black Museum. OnNew Year’s Day the team is called to an exclusive garden house in the wealthysetting of Highgate. The family has been murdered in a brutal manner and allpoints to the hallmarks of the work of a serial killer who used the very samemodus operandi thirty years previously. This man is dying but the use of a gunfor stunning cattle and a butchered family find Max pondering on these events.When it is discovered that the four year old son of the murdered family ismissing, Max is forced to track down the perpetrator and look into this historiccrime in order to help his progress in solving the latest crime. But could thislatest crime be the work of the killer known as The Slaughter Man?The second novel in a new genre is often the crux as to deciding whether to stickwith a new cop and follow the further cases, and this is a magnificent chapter

for the latest London crime hunter, DC Max Wolfe. In DC Wolfe, Parsons hasblended a man with a sensitive side and as in so many of his earlier novels, hecan pack the emotional punch but this is a much understated element of thenovel. He does not play on this factor and it speaks eons for his talent that he isable to let what is clearly a thoroughly researched plot with compellingcharacters take centre stage. For fans old and new, dive in and give DCMax Wolfe a try, and get in with this series from the off. We canexpect another in 2016 and I am an already a fully paid up fan!Suzanne MarshI read Tony Parsons first novel ‘The Murder Bag’ which I just couldn't put downand highly recommend readers to read it. ‘The Slaughter Man’ is an excellentthriller and I highly recommend readers to read this too. What I like about TonyParsons is that he has created a Detective Max Wolfe that features in both of hisnovels. We get to learn more and more about Detective Max Wolfe from eachnovel. I found ‘The Slaughter Man’ a very good story and very frightening, itwill have you on the edge of seat. When an author produces afrightening, nail-biting story such as this, you know he or she is agood crime author to follow.A little about what to expect from The Slaughter Man: On New Year’s Eve a boywakes up to his father scream. His sister calls for the police. A wealthy family isfound slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in North London andtheir youngest child has been stolen away. I look forward to reading ‘TheHanging Club’ by Tony Parsons in 2016 when detective Max Wolfe returns.www.ireadnovels.wordpress.comJudith SharpFantastic, read it in a couple sittings. To quote Author Jeffery Deaver"DC Max Wolfe: More. Soon." The first book in the series was a bestseller, this will be too. Write faster Tony!!!This is the second book featuring DC Max Wolfe that I have read and I haveloved both. Tony Parsons is a great writer who manages to inform as well astell a great story. London comes to life in these books and makes you want tovisit the haunts mentioned.Max is a single parent whose family consists of his daughter Scout and their petdog Stan. This is not some angst ridden detective and all the better for it. Yes, it

deals with violent crime but its heart shows through.I won't go into the story, you can check that out easily enough. But do yourselfa favour and give this a try. Me, I can't wait until the next one!!!Phylippa SmithsonI’ve read the first book from Parsons. And now read the second. Boyis he a quite brilliant British writer of murder-mysteries.Max Wolfe is a single parent living with his 5-year old daughter, Scout,overlooking Smithfield Market, London. He is also a detective whose job ischasing down the most ruthlessly criminally minded. Not a good combination.He is pulled into his latest case after the murder of a family of 5, killed it seemssimply for being happy. The mother had caught the media attention when shehad represented Britain in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic. And whilstshe did not return with a medal, she did with her future husband whom she hadmet at the event and who, at the time of death, was running his own highlysuccessful sports media business. Together they had had three children, the twooldest in their teens and four year old Bradley and were living the life that theglossy magazines reveal to us.The investigation is not only to nail the killer, but to do so fast enough that thelife of Bradley can be saved. His is missing. There is no body and Max isdetermined that he will be found alive, motivated even more so because of thelove he has for his own child.The urgency of the case, is reflected in the urgency of the writing. There is norelenting as the reader turns page after revealing page.There are loads of murder genre writers but Tony Parsons has establishedhimself as one of the best in the current list.Melanie KaneA fantastic fast moving incredible plot from the very beginning, thistale graphically incorporates everything from paedophilia, child abduction,murder, rape, subterfuge and Police ineptitude. I liked how the author workedin the contrast between the detectives home and work life highlighting issues feltby many single working parents.Where this fell short for me was the Police incompetence, I found myselfbecoming increasingly frustrated by their bumbling efforts at hunting down the

killer which led to so many incidents of serious harm being inflicted onthemselves. One couldn't help but feel they brought it on themselves, the despairand infuriation I felt impacted on the initial spark of this book. None the less Ienjoyed this author and will be on the lookout for more of his work.Helen LowryA murdered family, a young boy abducted and dark secrets, alwaysa motive. Could an aging serial killer, having done his time, bekilling again? Detective Wolfe hunts a killer with no mercy.This is the second book in a series by Tony Parsons; unfortunately, I haven’tread the first, as yet. However, I did enjoy this one and I quickly warmed to ‘his’detective, Max Wolfe. For once, a likeable detective and a family man, albeit asingle parent. Devoted to daughter, Scout, and dog, Stan!The book has a gruesome start, with the discovery of a family murdered athome on New Year’s Eve. A stun gun used on cattle is found to be the murderweapon, leading Wolfe to a convicted but released killer of thirty years ago –The Slaughter Man. He is old now and his family as helpful as ever. An addedtwist is the abduction of the youngest child in the family, not killed, but taken.A child abuse ring adds to the story and finally, Wolfe untangles what exactly isgoing on and who is behind it all.The last few chapters roll along, twisting and turning very quickly. Once ortwice, I did find it all moved a bit too fast and it felt a bit rushed. Personalopinion, others will probably like that. It had a satisfactory ending and I alwayslike that.But, overall I enjoyed the book and would not hesitate to read others by TonyParsons.Andrea DeanHaving never read his previous book ‘The Murder Bag’, I was eager to read hisnew book and was not disappointed. The storyline is very fast paced as you’recarried through the different twists and plots as DC Max Wolfe tries to look forthe murderer of a mother and father and two of their three children. Theirthird, youngest, son disappears and DC Wolfe needs to find him before he too ismurdered. The conclusion is rather surprising and keeps you hangingon until the last.

A must for anyone who enjoys crime thrillers.Edel WaughWhen a husband and wife and two of their children are found dead withanother missing it's up to Detective Max Wolfe to go on the trail of their killer.This trail will lead him to criminals from the past and the seediest mostdeplorable people in the underbelly of society, where nightmares can come true,and the most vulnerable are easy targets, where wealth can buy any manner ofdepravity. I started this book and did not finish it until the end, it wasimpossible to put down even though some of the crime scenesdescribed were not for the faint hearted. The tension built from theopening chapter with it's terrifying start to the story and continued throughoutto the bitter end. This is must read for those who enjoy thrillers and Detectivestories.www.edelwaugh.blogspot.comLorraine BakerOn New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusivegated 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 Museumdevoted 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 hereally be back in the game?And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesquehomage 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 killerbefore he destroys another innocent family – or finds his way to his own frontdoor Books do not get any better than this - DC Max Wolfe is an excellentcharacter and once you start reading this book it will be verydifficult to put down - do not forget the other Max Wolfe books - especially‘The Murder Bag’.

Tanya ThurlingI can honestly say I absolutely loved this book. From the very firstpage your thrown head first into the action and it doesn't slowdown.This is the story of a family killed in their own home, their youngest child stolenand the murder weapon a gun used for stunning cattle.With a similar killing thirty years ago leading them to a man known as TheSlaughter Man, now having done his time and free, the Detective's have to findout if these horrific murders were in fact him or someone else, and find themissing child before it's too late.Plenty of twists and turns, non stop action and plenty of fights and 'hairy'moments.There's nothing I hate more in a crime thriller than skimping on detail. If acrime has happened, however bad it is, I want to know what happened, how ithappened, and all the grizzly details. I don't like having to guess or fill theblanks in myself. I want to feel like I'm right there as it's happening. I want tofeel what the victim/perpetrator feels. This book definitely does not disappoint.I liked Detective Max Wolfe and he was made to feel a bit more like a humanbeing rather than just a fearless, badass cop taking down all the baddiesbecause there was a fair bit of focus on his relationship with his daughter.Although I did feel like I was missing out a bit on his story. Maybe it's explainedmore in the previous book, which only adds another reason to go out and buy it.Without giving anything away, this book had me on the edge of my seat, stayingup late to read just one more page, and it even made me cry which gives it extrabrownie points.As a massive fan of Karen Rose, and I am guilty of comparing any crime booksto hers, the only thing this b

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