The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons

A wealthy family is brutally murdered on New Year’s Eve and the youngest child is abducted. Could a dying serial killer be to blame? It’s down to DC Max Wolfe to find out what’s happened and catch the killer before it’s too late.

I’ve loved Tony Parsons since Man and Boy was published in 1999 and enjoyed his first Max Wolfe novel, The Murder Bag, last year.

DC Max Wolfe is a very likeable character. Like most of Parsons’ characters, he is a single dad with a young child, who puts his family first. His relationship with his daughter, Scout, brings a very human side to the character and to the story, which is lacking in most crime novels.

The Slaughter Man doesn’t disappoint. It is very easy to read, while also being very well-written. The British setting makes it easier to relate to than many thrillers. The story has plenty of twists and turns and plenty of nasty, dark and life-threatening scenarios.

If I have one criticism it’s that things seemed to resolve themselves a bit too easily. Wolfe seemed to always be in the right place to piece together the next part of the mystery, but it doesn’t make the story any less enjoyable.

If you’ve never read a crime novels or thriller, but are tempted to give one a try, this could be a good place to start.

Tony Parsons, The Slaughter Man, Book review

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ooh, I like the sound of this. I haven’t had time to read for ages but I’m hoping I’ll have a little more time to myself from now on. I might give this one a go after I’ve got few the few books I’ve got at home that I’ve been trying to get around to reading!
    Nat.x

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    • It’s definitely worth a read! I’ve got rather a lot of books sitting around waiting to be read too. I need to stay away from bookshops and just concentrate on the ones I’ve got! x

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  2. I don’t think I would pick up a book called The Slaughter Man if I saw it on a book shop shelf but I’m intrigued to read it now that I have read your review 🙂

    #readwithme

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    • I don’t think I would either, but I’ve read all of Tony Parsons’ books and I know they’re all brilliant! It’s definitely well worth a read.

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    • I don’t think I read that fast! I think I average a book about every 10 days 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, it’s definitely worth reading!

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  3. Sounds like a good book to get into if you are just starting out with this genre. I’ve not read anything from this author myself so will definitely check out his works. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • Tony Parsons is a fantastic author. He’s written a fair few books and they always have family at the heart of them. He’s only recently moved into crime books.

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    • Thanks! I love crime and thrillers too 🙂

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    • It’s definitely well worth a read! I read nearly all crime and thrillers these days!

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  4. The title didn’t grab me, but your write-up certainly does. Haven’t come across this author previously but will keep an eye out now #readwithme

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    • Thanks very much! Tony Parsons is a brilliant author who is very easy to read.

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