'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…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Man and Boy author Tony Parsons follows up his first crime novel, 2014’s The Murder Bag, with another dark murder mystery. The Slaughter Man sees homicide detective (and single father) Max Wolfe drawn into a grisly investigation on New Year’s Day. A wealthy London family has been executed, and their youngest child has vanished. Our heart was pumping from the very first page—as the plot thickens with a backstory about a convicted serial killer, we raced to find out the truth. Beyond the nail-biting twists and action, Parsons’ impressive achievement is creating a protagonist that’s a flesh-and-blood good guy contending with a rotten world.
Det. Constable Max Wolfe investigates the slaughter of all but one member of the Wood family, at their mansion within a gated community, in Parsons's exciting but uneven second contemporary crime novel featuring the London police officer (after 2014's The Murder Man). Someone uses a cattle gun to kill American Brad Wood, a sports agent; his British wife, Mary, a former Olympic skier; and their two teenage children, Marlon and Piper. Four-year-old Bradley Wood, the lone survivor, is kidnapped. In 1980, 17-year-old Peter Nawkins (aka the Slaughter Man) fatally shot four men on an Essex farm with a cattle gun. Could there be a connection? Mary's sister and brother pressure the police to find Bradley. In looking into both the Nawkins and the Wood families, Wolfe uncovers a world of abuse, betrayal, and unimaginable violence. An appealingly sensitive single parent, Wolfe makes some unlikely elementary mistakes with grave personal consequences, but adrenaline-driven action scenes and winning characters more than compensate.