26 August 2015

Review: THE SLAUGHTERMAN, Tony Parsons - audio book

  • #2 in the Max Wolfe series
  • print published 2015
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
Synopsis (Audible)

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 is a gun for stunning cattle, leading 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 is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?  

My Take

As with the earlier title in this series, THE MURDER BAG, the narration in this novel is superbly done. The story is a little more gruesome and violent than the action in the earlier title. If you decide you want to read this one, I think it is worth recognising that it is part of a series, and reading THE MURDER BAG first, simply because of the character development of Max Wolfe and the team he belongs to, and of his relationship with his young daughter Scout. Both novels emphasise how tough modern policing in London can be.

The gruesome murder of the wealthy family connects with an old case and doubt is cast on whether the Slaughter Man actually committed the murders for which he has served time. The ex-con is now living with a group of "travellers" who have little respect for the police and things turn very nasty.

Tony Parsons is a writer worth following.

My rating: 4.2

I've also reviewed

Max Wolfe series
1. The Murderbag (2014)
     aka The Murder Man
2. The Slaughter Man (2015)
3. The Hanging Club (2016)
Dead Time (2015)

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