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The Hanging Club Audiobook

The Hanging Club

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Publisher's Summary

A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops.

As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet: hunting a gang of killers whom many believe to be heroes....

©2016 Ian Fleming Publications Limited (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"This is brilliant stuff." (Peter James)

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    tired & cynical Scotland 12/10/2016
    tired & cynical Scotland 12/10/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Hanging Club in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, unmelodramatic, engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hanging Club?

    When the lead character goes into the back rooms of the Old Bailey


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Can't say without spoiling the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Bought this one because I really enjoyed the first one. I enjoyed the first one more just because it was really good to find a new (to me) author that could write well. I found the characters three dimensional & sympathetic & the author only fell for one of the usual cliches and I can't say what that is without spoiling it for other listeners.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Busster London UK 22/09/2016
    Busster London UK 22/09/2016 Member Since 2014

    MikeyC

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    "Fabulous Book"

    Looking forward to the others in the series. Loved his previous books but was unsure that he would be as good a good crime writer. How wrong I was.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AWH London 19/06/2016
    AWH London 19/06/2016 Member Since 2016

    benthecat

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    "Good story undermined by poor research"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I have been a fan of Tony Parsons’ ‘Max Wolfe’ novels and downloaded this as soon as it was available. It is unfortunately the weakest. It’s pretty short and has distinct signs of padding - the purpose of various venues and organisations is repeatedly described and the full address of West End Central nick seems to be given every time it is mentioned. The book also seems to have been sponsored by Apple - there are repeated mentions of Apple computers (kit the Met police don’t actually use) and there is even a character called Wozniak - and Bar Italia in Soho, which is constantly raved about. This may be thought unnoticeable by the author but its about as attractive as being forced to watch ads while viewing catch-up TV. But the real annoyances for me are the repeated inaccurate descriptions of aspects of the criminal justice system in England & Wales. One could contend that the very premise of the book (and I will avoid spoilers) - that defendants are dealt with so leniently that a group of vigilantes is inspired to take punishments into their own hands - is flawed, given that sentences are now governed by guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council and lenient sentences can be appealed by the Attorney-General. But I accept that that ‘flaw’ is there for dramatic purposes. There are however other relentless errors which suggest a lack of research and don’t serve any purpose other that to emphasise the author’s lack of familiarity with the system. English law has no concept of ‘involuntary manslaughter’. iIs a wholly American concept AFAIK. The crime described at the start of the book would actually amount to murder and only seems to be described as manslaughter to avoid the mandatory life sentence. A defence lawyer can’t rely on self-defence as a point of mitigation after its been rejected as a defence. Young Offenders Institutions are for people aged 18-20 not for under 18s. There is no leave to appeal hearing before a Crown Court judge and the idea that a judge would address an appellant directly at such a hearing is utterly ridiculous. People being interviewed by the police do not have their blood pressure monitored and my mind boggles as to how this might be done in practice. Etc, etc. Does this matter? I think it does. First getting it right would not alter the story itself and, secondly, getting it so regularly wrong assumes an ignorant readership and an irritating unwillingness on the part of the author to do proper preparatory research.


    What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?

    Pitch perfect.


    Do you think The Hanging Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. The series is generally good though this book was the weakest


    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 14/08/2016
    Scott 14/08/2016
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    "Great stuff!"

    A great story, brilliantly narrated. has kept me captivated on a sunlounger! Highly recommended and a great way to enjoy the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. A. Glen UK 16/07/2016
    M. A. Glen UK 16/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Every bit as good as the previous one!!"

    Loved the story, characters and the narration, this is the 2nd max Wolfe book I've listened to and they're both well worth the listen - definitely recommend !!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin H. Wood Greenwich 14/06/2016
    Kevin H. Wood Greenwich 14/06/2016 Member Since 2013

    Kev Wood

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    "OK but could be better"

    Parsons homes in on key moral dilemmas here but there are few real surprises. This series will run and run, hopefully with more twists in the future. I expect we will be seeing a lot more of some characters too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. Storer UK 08/06/2016
    P. Storer UK 08/06/2016 Member Since 2015

    Paul S

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    "Have gone through the Max Wolfe books in rapid succession"

    Murder mystery, crime etc are not genres I've ever read before but I loved these three books.

    Colin Mace's narration is easy on the ear and fits in perfectly with the carrier - I've now downloaded another book based on him narrating it.

    I'm looking forward to the next one and hope Mr Mace continues as the voice of Max Wolfe

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 11/07/2016
    Joe 11/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "The stereotypes club"

    Raised on a remote island without any connection to the outside world except for endless editions of The Daily Mail, this is Tony's brave attempt at writing a story about what he thinks the world must be like.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. T. J. Ferguson Reading 05/06/2016
    Mr. T. J. Ferguson Reading 05/06/2016
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    "Very poor - spoiler alert!"

    Very disappointing, will not read another of his.
    Frustratingly bad police work didn't follow any of the obvious leads. Just waited for the next thing to happen to the main character.
    Didn't believe in the relationship briefly formed, or the coincidence with his friend and the bailiff.
    His daughter was always conveniently away when ever he needed to do something or got caught up in something and never mentioned his injuries.
    Despite been targeted by the criminals he is given none of the protection offered to the other characters.
    And Tony must be sponsored by BMW given how many times BMW X5 was mentioned, and how many DC's drive one of those anyway?

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 12/07/2016
    Stephen 12/07/2016
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    "Listened to this all in one day."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book (& the previous book I read of Tony Parsons). Good storyline & we'll narrated. I was stuck in an airport for a whole day and listened to it all the way through.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Margaret
    Saint Charles, MO, United States
    17/06/16
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    "Parsons never disappoints."

    Parsons style is lovely and lyrical, even when the action is gritty. And Colin Mace could recite the phone book and I'd be entertained. His transitions are seamless.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    20/05/16
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    "Vigilantes in London"

    Tony Parson's writing has an ease in its reading/listening that makes you want to stay with this story until the very end; and then expect to turn over to the next chapter as if there is more. It'll need patience to wait for his next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • gardener97
    Atlanta
    15/09/16
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    "Cannot understand why Parsons wrote this"

    This book is a compilation of hideous crimes that are (finally) being punished by vigilantes, their hangings shown on youtube and the police wringing their hands and crying for these vigilantes to be brought to justice. The world over is cheering for these vigilantes. For the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to be punished, as the British courts have certainly failed in that job. Slap on the wrist. Fear of looking racist. wtf?

    Over and over the thrust of the story is how the police have been castrated with all the political correctness, never criticize a foreigner, even when one living on the dole and preaching hateful things about the British, in the streets to big crowds of muslims. When he is attacked, the British police actually send a group of policemen to protect him. What??

    I just dunno. Tony Parsons is a powerful writer and he must have a reason to rub this in everyone's face. We have seen the world over that no citizen has been able to put a stop to this political correctness that's been crammed down everyone's throat to the point there are no laws for these people.

    Not sure about this. I came away really disliking our hero, Max Wolfe, who I adored in the first two books. Even when he makes a stab at correcting a nasty hoodlum, he has to turn away and let his friend do it. Boo hoo. I can't believe British police are such wussies.

    Colin Mace was brilliant, as always as the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sherry
    Oceanside, CA. United States
    15/08/16
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    "Spend a credit!"

    Terrific author, believable characters, great narration- wish there was another Tony Parsons book, but I've listened to them all..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    South Africa
    22/07/16
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    "Good plot, well performed. Writing a bit clunky.
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    Topical yarn about a group of vigilantes hanging criminals who got light sentences. The author has an annoying habit of repeating various bits of history and information three or four times: like subtitles for the hard of thinking. Some enjoyable arcana about London, but doesn't have the quirkiness of Bryant & May, nor the menace and surprise of Adrian Mckinty. You can figure out the location of the kill room a very long time before the detective in the story. Good enough but not great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loy
    Benbrook, TX, United States
    10/07/16
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    "Great installment"

    Really enjoyed this installment of Max Wolf. I love the way he writes. Max has his little daughter full time and is taking care of her with help from the whole neighborhood.
    He is a homicide policeman on a very difficult case.
    This the third one I have listened to. - So worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KIM
    21/05/16
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    "WAY TO SHORT"
    What did you love best about The Hanging Club?

    I loved the way it made me think. Putting myself in situations and how I would feel and what would I do. The mother who was terminal so she got her revenge.


    What other book might you compare The Hanging Club to and why?

    If there is a book out there that you could compare with any 3 of Tony Parsons book I haven't read it yet.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Mace – was your favorite?

    Colin Mace has mastered every character in these three stories. Absolutely the best narrator going. So much so I have listened to other books because he is doing the talking. If there is an award for the best narrators he should win hands down. John in the Black Museum and Scout I look forward to his performance. But its so hard to choose.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Fasten your seat belts.


    Any additional comments?

    The story, the detail, the explanations. I can't wait till the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Dunham
    30/11/16
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    "Is his head in the story or his eye on the money?"

    the story has a good premise and the potential for an awesome read with his wonderful cast of characters . Unfortunately, Mr Parsons skipped about with nary an explanation or use of transitions and suddenly you are two squares up without any clue whatsoever of how you got there. Did Mr Parsons abridge his story or skip difficulties in writing to churn out a book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    East Hartford, CT, United States
    23/11/16
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    "I really enjoy Tony Parsons"

    The story was a little grim, okay okay, a lot grim, but great style.

    While one might say why save these people, another might say where do we draw the line on who should be saved.

    I am not saying I have the answers, Parson's just makes it clear there are a lot of questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Gauthier
    11/09/16
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    "Brilliant"

    My favorite of Tony Parsons books. Truly brilliant. Could not put it down. Wonderful narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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