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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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  • Frances
  • Little Rock, Ar, United States
  • 03-16-18

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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  • harry
  • PLEASANTON, CA, United States
  • 04-11-18

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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  • 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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Girl on fire ...

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


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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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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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  • Valerie
  • HEATH, OH, United States
  • 03-29-18

Unremittingly dismal

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this, but after 3 hours I was desperate for a break from doom and disaster.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ivor Williams
  • 04-10-18

Tony Parsons another great book

Go through all the emotions reading this great D.C. Wolf novel. Can't stop listening to it

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  • marina
  • 04-06-18

what a detective

this is a great series. The detective Max Wolfe is very believable. Well read too

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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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  • Ian
  • 04-06-18

Excellent

This series of books is one of my favourite. Tony Parsons puts into it all his skill of writing a human story with the added page turner quality of a great crime story. This book is heart rending and real with all the social problems that beset us.
Colin Mace is Max! His voice is perfect for this. The only downside I would say is the voices of some of his colleagues are a little too similar. But it doesn’t detract.
In conclusion, brilliant book but don’t finish it on a night of no sleep. I haven’t got over it yet!!

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  • MikeyC
  • 04-04-18

Wish I could give this book a 10

One of the best books I've ever read. Great story, brilliantly crafted characters really well read. Can't wait for the next Max Woolf story.

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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