Girl on Fire

Narrated by: Colin Mace
Series: Max Wolfe, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. 

DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses. And when Max’s ex-wife suddenly reappears to reclaim custody of his beloved daughter, he finds himself fighting the greatest battle of all....

©2018 Tony Parsons (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Absolute best

Right now, Tony Parsons hits it all for me-literate but unpretentious, covers important issues without ever getting preachy, and gives you distinctly drawn, deeply human characters. (That last even covers Stan the dog,-who seems as human as anyone I know).

Colin Mace is a pitch perfect reader for this book.

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Great book great narrator

I've read all books in this series and this blew me away with the painful story, losses and an ending I never saw coming. The narrator is a perfect fit for the main character. I can't wait for the next book.

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Girl on fire ...

May favorite
book in the series. Better if read in order.
I just wish there were more.


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  • CM
  • 04-16-18

Love this series !

Another gripping book in this series. The story was contemporary reflecting the times we live in . As usual DC Wolfe gets a bit battered and bruised! The relationship between him and his daughter is beautifully written. These books are read by a brilliant narrator who has the most “listenable” voice ,sorry I Know that is not an actual word. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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The Best Police Procedural Series Ever !

Tony Parsons' Max Wolfe books comprise the best "police procedural" series I have ever listened to. Over the course of the 5 Max Wolfe books Parsons brings to life a series of richly developed characters and totally credible plot lines.

If you are interested in this series you really need to begin with Book 1 of this series ("The Murder Bag"). Here you will be introduced to men and women of London's West End Central's major crimes unit as well as DC Max Wolfe, his daughter Scout and their dog Stan.

The story lines of this series are not gimmicky or contrived and the characters are human and complex. Though each book is a stand-alone work the listener would be well served to begin with book 1.

Colin Mace brings these stories to life with an absolutely expert narration.

Like the title of this review says, simply the best realistic police procedural series there is.

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Loved it!

Another blinder from Tony Parsons. I'm hopelessly in love with Max Wolf and also Colin Mace......his voice is perfect for Max. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Excellent

A breakthrough novel in the series, which has always been good, this entry has everything I hope for in a mystery/suspense/police procedural: compassion, intelligence, great characters and a story line that is a puzzle but is entirely plausible. A few good twists and moments that are truly heartbreaking without being maudlin, this is my very favorite in the series so far. Can’t wait t o see what’s next.

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Tony Parsons' books and his writing style keep

Tony Parsons' books and his writing style keep me interested until the end. This one is no exception with unexpected twists and turns to the end.

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Another great read by Tony Parsons!


Another great read by Tony Parsons! As current as the headlines read of any major newspaper.

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Not the London that I remember

Where are you from ? Is a common enough question.
I was born and lived in London for nearly 30 years.
Londoners are or in my time used to be proud of what part of London they came from.
Maybe, the local soccer /football team played a big part of that?
For my sins I lived in SW 6.
We spent time in the West End, not a lot of time, but maybe the odd big night out.
Other than going to the odd Sunday market or shopping for that odd whatever or the odd job there wasn't much need to go to the East End.
At my school diversity just happened, it wasn't planned.
One of my best friends worked in a fairly high ranking position in the British Embassy another was the son of a member of Parliament. Along with sons of West Indians, Pakistanis, Africans and kids of every race and color.
We were more concerned about the stuff that all teenagers worry about.
We wanted to be cool, we needed to be seen as being cool.
Music, fashion, and were top of the list.
Tony Parsons paints a very different picture of my home town.
I am happy to put this all down to just entertainment.
I sure as heck hope that his London isn't my London.
I don't get home that often, I don't really follow what's going on over there.
But I still have family living in different parts of the city and so far none of them have ever heard "Armed Police" !!

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  • Miss
  • 04-06-18

He cannot write these quick enough

Another amazing book by Tony Parsons. Colin Mace is the perfect narrator to portray Max. Lots of highs and lows in this book, but the core story of Max’s life ties it all together. Looking forward to the next one already.

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  • Ann D
  • 10-18-18

Loved this!

I was not entirely comfortable with the narration at first. It seemed a little fast and emotionless. However, I adjusted to the pace and came to realise that Colin Mace actually did an excellent job here. The story is original, with well drawn characters who are easy to engage with. Also, where so much good fiction has weak, or ‘over the top’ final chapters, Parson’s final chapters in Girl on Fire are perfect. Genuinely exciting, but entirely plausible and left me wanting more. Here’s hoping for a sequel.

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  • Gedcar
  • 03-13-18

Best I’ve read so far this year

Super series, well written and well told. Can’t wait for the next one to come out

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  • Jacqueline Anne Taylor
  • 03-12-18

Tony Parsons - a very gifted writer!!!

Deeply moving. Very real. A book which can be read on many levels. And the problem of immigration, racism, and "home grown terrorists", the clash of religions. The lack of Security and trained Law enforcement . To the personal dilemas which we all face. "Is it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all?

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  • Paul
  • 03-11-18

Best crime series ever!!

Honestly the best series I've ever read or listened to, the main character is just everything you want to be as a man. The only slight negative point is that I found myself caring more about the personal aspects of this story rather than the plot, but as I said, hands down best series of books I've come across so far.

Superb reading by Colin Mace but that's standard for him.

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  • Simon
  • 05-04-19

Parsons is on Fire!

Parsons and Mace have these nailed now it seems and I'm going to head on into the next one very soon. Max Wolfe is one very tough guy and we get lots of tough action and this book tackles some very key subjects for today's society. Terror, racism, and the 'righteous' anger that manifests as a result. Just as tough for Max, and just as compelling for me reading it though, is his relationship with his young daughter Scout. Battling as all lone parents must, against the odds, to make sure that their children don't miss out due to the vacuum left in their lives by the missing 'other'.

Colin Mace instils real character into the macho side of Max and indeed most of the other multi-faceted characters that appear in the story. He not only brings the action to life but there is real magic in hearing him portray Max dealing with his daughter and the issues his estranged wife brings. This super tough, resourceful police detective becoming totally un-manned by his young child and her innocence. In one scene Scout makes a dramatic decision and somehow the matter of fact delivery and thinking made it tug on the heartstrings all the more. Parsons is very powerful with words, often making very few say an enormous amount.

If you're starting to wonder if the whole thing has gone soft from the above, never fear! This is as hard-hitting as any of those that have gone before in the series, it probably just all means a bit more due to the amount of time I have spent with these characters now.

Now, where's the next one . . .

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  • Graham Keene
  • 03-25-20

Detective Constable Wolf

I find the stories in this series very listenable.
However, I don’t think Parsons quite understands the rank structure of the Met Police. The type of work Wolf undertakes, unsupervised, would not be carried out by a mere DC. This rank is the same level as a PC. He wouldn’t rub shoulders with higher ranks as he does. Certainly a uniform PC or PS (sergeant) would not call him ‘Sir’.
If Wolf was a DS or DI it would be more believable.

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  • Stoney Parsons
  • 01-29-19

Not as it is billed!

You think you are getting a book about terrorism and a whodunnit but it is heavily loaded with a mawkish story about the main male detective's custody battle with his daughter. Tedious and sentimental I'm sure that many readers attracted to this will feel the same. Not what you would expect. Methinks the writer has a chip possibly?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-23-18

Please Mr Parsons may I have some more!

Really hated having to put this book down. Definitely the best of the DC Wolfe series. The interweaving of professional and private emotions made for compulsive listening.

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  • Mr R Haines
  • 04-20-18

Enjoyable

I have enjoyed the series so far - but near the ending of this book did stretch credibility for me. A charcter had a grenade in each hand and took the pins out while another character within arms reach did nothing to stop them. You don't just casually pull pins out of grenades, you have to hold on firmly to the grenade and the pin and really yank them apart from each other.

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  • Roy Jenner
  • 04-06-18

Amazing! An exciting team Parsons and Mace!<br /><br />

Spell binding philosophy until the last page. Long live George Halfpenny for his wisdom. Bravo