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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?
©2015 Tony Parsons (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Spectacular! Tense and human, fast and authentic." (Lee Child on The Murder Bag)
"A relentless plot, evocative prose and compelling portraits of the characters, good and evil, conspire to make this a must read." (Jeffrey Deaver on The Murder Bag)
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By Martha on 08-15-15

Extreme gore, torture, and abuse

Extreme violence and sexual abuse of women and children, plus detailed descriptions of torture -- and a likable little girl and adorable dog thrown in as palate cleansers between the scenes of gore. To me, this is just lazy, uninteresting writing driven by the easy shock "value" of ultraviolence. I like a bit of gore as much as anyone, but in small doses it can be more interesting and more shocking than lots and lots of goriness. The unknown and the unspoken can be way more terrifying. For example, see the movie "The Conversation" and the witty, character- and plot-driven crime novels of Adrian McKinty and Patricia Highsmith.

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By Lyndel on 08-05-15

Disappointing.

I can't understand how a great story would be muddied with silly police tactics over and over.
Why ruin what should have been a good thriller with inept drama that no one in their right mind would do, especially detectives. Not even Harry Bosch would do attempt this stuff. And he pushes reality, mind. Not defies it,

When in history did four cops walk into a crowd of hundreds of people who loath the sight of them, ready to kill all cops if they can with the slightest provocation..when would the senior officer of MET and senior offices walk in with no back up and arrest a poor bloke with the IQ of a tennis ball for a complicated multiple murder massacre? Never ... Only in this ridiculous yarn. When would four cops set upon like that get up and walk away from it? Never

Why why why, it is such a good bloody plot! It had everything going for it, pull this book. Republish without all the stupid confrontations made by these top investigators. They wouldn't do it, they'd be suspended the first time, and charged the second time for endangering life, causing death and paralysing a cop. They would be fired. They would be charged.

But no...on it goes to crazier unbelievable exploits, beyond the pale! Then a normal reader groans. It's defies reality. You push us too far.

I have no choice, I want my money back. I want very much to have really enjoyed the book. God knows the plot is dazzling!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Ad the bad on 09-23-15

Brilliant!

Many places this book is hard to listen to, it's deep, scary, shocking, and some of the violence is quite graphic, the research the writer has done is incredible

Don't expect a light-hearted, they all lived happily ever after thriller, it's not that

Listened to 40 books this year and this ranks number 2

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By Lois Furness on 05-28-15

Great

Interesting- well read and left me hanging on every word. Can't wait for the next in this series- if only to hear about Scout and Stan!!!

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By Denys on 05-26-16

Spoiled by implausibility

I enjoyed murder bag but slaughter man was a let down. Implausible decisions to place officers at risk and Max Wolfe ended up with enough injuries to place him in rehab for a few decades. And yet he just kept on going.

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By Jan on 01-12-16

Fractured

A bit drawn out, and at times fairly unbelievable. It tendered to lurch from crisis to crisis and although I enjoy the hero, (although I found him difficult to emotionally connect with) I do find the situations he finds himself in quite hard to comprehend. The murder of the call girl was a bolt from the blue and there appeared to be on occasions, violence for the sake of violence.

I will listen to the third book in the trilogy, when released, however will seek to now listen to something not as unpleasant in story line and characters.

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