“Crime reverberates through years and through lives. It is a rare homicide that destroys only one person.” Joyce Carol Oates ‘After Black Rock’. (Intro to The Slaughter Man)
The Slaughter Man
Random House UK
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 …
A very impressive police procedural. I like Detective Max Wolfe – his ethics, his outlook, his family and his dog – it is a joy to have a leading character in this genre who isn’t an alcoholic, or depressive or holding a grudge or a mix of all of these elements; Wolfe is family centred, good at his job and behaves like an adult – he is not perfect, he is human. This character is so refreshing to read.
The tempo is urgent and intense, Tony Parson’s has chosen themes that most people are concerned and empathetic – child abuse, sexual abuse and the kidnap of a child. The reader wants to find the missing child, the reader wants this to end well. No spoilers here but the ending is not saccharin sweet…
This novel is gritty, dark and intense. I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series.
A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. And a detective who must learn that even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for…