The Slaughter Man, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


"This is brilliant stuff!" (Peter James). A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. DC Max Wolfe hunts a pitiless killer through the streets of London.

By the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of The Murder Bag.

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 - a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered - leads 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 has done his time, and is now old and dying.

Can he really be back in the game? And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage 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 killer before he destroys another innocent family - or finds his way to his own front door...Even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781780892351



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I Received this Book via @NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I thoroughly enjoyed this book had me gripped addictive page turner that i could not put down! Really good subject matter a story line well written. Highly recommend a great read.On the pitiless London city streets, DC Max Wolfe hunts a serial killer who kills only the happiest of families. If you like crime novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this crime thriller.

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Max Wolfe embodies a range of personas - gritty, courageous front line policeman, intuitive investigator, adoring single parent - and showed he was capable of fulfilling each role fairly comprehensively in Tony Parsons's previous novel, 'The Murder Bag'. He makes a welcome return in 'The Slaughter Man'.Parsons may have a loose grasp on police procedure at times, but he does deliver a gripping, if gruesome, plot. He throws in plenty of accurate local colour along the way, with detailed descriptions of Highgate, ranging from the exclusive, gated estates, the normally closed and desperately overgrown western half of the famous cemetery and abandoned properties on 'Billionaires' Row'.Wolfe is called to attend the after math of the horrific murder on New Year's Eve of a wealthy family who lived in a gated estate known as 'The Garden' in the heart of Highgate. The victims are the Woods, an extremely wealthy family who had, hitherto enjoyed a fairly idyllic life. Already appalled by the extreme violence of the crime scene, Wolfe is further horrified when it becomes apparent that the family's youngest member, four year old Bradley, isn't there. In addition to the hunt for the killers, the police now face the even greater urgency of trying to recover the missing boy. The cause of death proves unexpected, too, and adds a further sense of the bizarre to an already mystifying murder.Parsons takes us through a succession of deftly managed set pieces, including a couple of police raids on a travellers' encampment, and various other fraught encounters between the cops and the bad guys. Wolfe and his colleagues are constantly in the wars, and almost every three of four chapters one of them seems to be attacked with exceptional ferocity.Not the most plausible novel I have read this year, but certainly a gripping one. Wolfe may somehow be rather too good to be true, but he is likeable, the Parsons does keep the story fizzing along.

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