A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops.
As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....
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"This is brilliant stuff." (Peter James)
Topical yarn about a group of vigilantes hanging criminals who got light sentences. The author has an annoying habit of repeating various bits of history and information three or four times: like subtitles for the hard of thinking. Some enjoyable arcana about London, but doesn't have the quirkiness of Bryant & May, nor the menace and surprise of Adrian Mckinty. You can figure out the location of the kill room a very long time before the detective in the story. Good enough but not great.
Parsons style is lovely and lyrical, even when the action is gritty. And Colin Mace could recite the phone book and I'd be entertained. His transitions are seamless.
Tony Parson's writing has an ease in its reading/listening that makes you want to stay with this story until the very end; and then expect to turn over to the next chapter as if there is more. It'll need patience to wait for his next book.
This book is a compilation of hideous crimes that are (finally) being punished by vigilantes, their hangings shown on youtube and the police wringing their hands and crying for these vigilantes to be brought to justice. The world over is cheering for these vigilantes. For the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to be punished, as the British courts have certainly failed in that job. Slap on the wrist. Fear of looking racist. wtf?
Over and over the thrust of the story is how the police have been castrated with all the political correctness, never criticize a foreigner, even when one living on the dole and preaching hateful things about the British, in the streets to big crowds of muslims. When he is attacked, the British police actually send a group of policemen to protect him. What??
I just dunno. Tony Parsons is a powerful writer and he must have a reason to rub this in everyone's face. We have seen the world over that no citizen has been able to put a stop to this political correctness that's been crammed down everyone's throat to the point there are no laws for these people.
Not sure about this. I came away really disliking our hero, Max Wolfe, who I adored in the first two books. Even when he makes a stab at correcting a nasty hoodlum, he has to turn away and let his friend do it. Boo hoo. I can't believe British police are such wussies.
Colin Mace was brilliant, as always as the narrator.
I love the Max Wolfe series. Max is a wonderful, good, flawed man. A good cop and a good dad. The storyline in this book was fascinating, filled with London history, and development of several characters. Max's relationship with Jackson Rose is complex and gut wrenching. But the anthropomophizing of dear Stan, especially the nonsense around his surgery, was distracting and, frankly, stupid. Otherwise, can't wait for the next book.
Terrific author, believable characters, great narration- wish there was another Tony Parsons book, but I've listened to them all..
Really enjoyed this installment of Max Wolf. I love the way he writes. Max has his little daughter full time and is taking care of her with help from the whole neighborhood.
He is a homicide policeman on a very difficult case.
This the third one I have listened to. - So worth a credit.
Hard to believe a narrator could get through this nonsense without cracking up. This genre is flooded with trite moralistic soap operas. Where are the actual authors that construct realistic characters? Irrational, propagandist nonsense seems to qualify as popular literature these days and I am past my tolerance level.
How low can we go?
I loved the way it made me think. Putting myself in situations and how I would feel and what would I do. The mother who was terminal so she got her revenge.
If there is a book out there that you could compare with any 3 of Tony Parsons book I haven't read it yet.
Colin Mace has mastered every character in these three stories. Absolutely the best narrator going. So much so I have listened to other books because he is doing the talking. If there is an award for the best narrators he should win hands down. John in the Black Museum and Scout I look forward to his performance. But its so hard to choose.
Fasten your seat belts.
The story, the detail, the explanations. I can't wait till the next one.
"Good story undermined by poor research"
No. I have been a fan of Tony Parsons’ ‘Max Wolfe’ novels and downloaded this as soon as it was available. It is unfortunately the weakest. It’s pretty short and has distinct signs of padding - the purpose of various venues and organisations is repeatedly described and the full address of West End Central nick seems to be given every time it is mentioned. The book also seems to have been sponsored by Apple - there are repeated mentions of Apple computers (kit the Met police don’t actually use) and there is even a character called Wozniak - and Bar Italia in Soho, which is constantly raved about. This may be thought unnoticeable by the author but its about as attractive as being forced to watch ads while viewing catch-up TV. But the real annoyances for me are the repeated inaccurate descriptions of aspects of the criminal justice system in England & Wales. One could contend that the very premise of the book (and I will avoid spoilers) - that defendants are dealt with so leniently that a group of vigilantes is inspired to take punishments into their own hands - is flawed, given that sentences are now governed by guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council and lenient sentences can be appealed by the Attorney-General. But I accept that that ‘flaw’ is there for dramatic purposes. There are however other relentless errors which suggest a lack of research and don’t serve any purpose other that to emphasise the author’s lack of familiarity with the system. English law has no concept of ‘involuntary manslaughter’. iIs a wholly American concept AFAIK. The crime described at the start of the book would actually amount to murder and only seems to be described as manslaughter to avoid the mandatory life sentence. A defence lawyer can’t rely on self-defence as a point of mitigation after its been rejected as a defence. Young Offenders Institutions are for people aged 18-20 not for under 18s. There is no leave to appeal hearing before a Crown Court judge and the idea that a judge would address an appellant directly at such a hearing is utterly ridiculous. People being interviewed by the police do not have their blood pressure monitored and my mind boggles as to how this might be done in practice. Etc, etc. Does this matter? I think it does. First getting it right would not alter the story itself and, secondly, getting it so regularly wrong assumes an ignorant readership and an irritating unwillingness on the part of the author to do proper preparatory research.
Yes. The series is generally good though this book was the weakest
Colin Mace is fantastic narrator for Wolfe, tough cop with a soft side. Great story, with pace and characters you wanted to know more about, and all with the backdrop of the history and underbelly of London city. Each book gets better and I can't wait till the next!
"The stereotypes club"
Raised on a remote island without any connection to the outside world except for endless editions of The Daily Mail, this is Tony's brave attempt at writing a story about what he thinks the world must be like.
"OK but could be better"
Parsons homes in on key moral dilemmas here but there are few real surprises. This series will run and run, hopefully with more twists in the future. I expect we will be seeing a lot more of some characters too.
"Have gone through the Max Wolfe books in rapid succession"
Murder mystery, crime etc are not genres I've ever read before but I loved these three books.
Colin Mace's narration is easy on the ear and fits in perfectly with the carrier - I've now downloaded another book based on him narrating it.
I'm looking forward to the next one and hope Mr Mace continues as the voice of Max Wolfe
"Very poor - spoiler alert!"
Very disappointing, will not read another of his.
Frustratingly bad police work didn't follow any of the obvious leads. Just waited for the next thing to happen to the main character.
Didn't believe in the relationship briefly formed, or the coincidence with his friend and the bailiff.
His daughter was always conveniently away when ever he needed to do something or got caught up in something and never mentioned his injuries.
Despite been targeted by the criminals he is given none of the protection offered to the other characters.
And Tony must be sponsored by BMW given how many times BMW X5 was mentioned, and how many DC's drive one of those anyway?
"Atmospheric crime drama but saw the ending coming."
Stylistically, I enjoyed the book. I've never read anything by Parsons before but I've been aware of him as a journalist and pundit since I was a kid. I found the picture painted of my native London to be quite accurate and relevant to our current climate. The characters were interestingly constructed, though at times rather one dimensional. My big criticism is that I saw the ' twist' coming a mile away. Entertaining pop-crime novel which reveals a bit of London history.
I loved every minute of this book. It was a great tale, well told. Never rambling, it romped along, making it difficult to put down. This is my first by this author. I now look forward to listening to/reading the previous two in the series.
Author was very brave to write about this subject. From start to finish. I couldn't put it down.
Looking forward to the others in the series. Loved his previous books but was unsure that he would be as good a good crime writer. How wrong I was.
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