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The Slaughter Man Audiobook

The Slaughter Man

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The Slaughter Man is the breathtaking crime thriller audiobook written by best-selling author Tony Parsons and skillfully narrated by British actor Colin Mace. Deep inside Scotland Yard lies a room with evidence of a psychopathic killer who stalked through London 30 years earlier and was never caught. Now an entire family is found slaughtered in his old hunting ground, the youngest child kidnapped. Has he chosen the young child to be his apprentice, to carry on his killings now he's too old to continue himself? A grotesquely engaging book that will start your heart racing. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Ad the bad 23/09/2015
    Ad the bad 23/09/2015 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "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

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Furness 28/05/2015
    Lois Furness 28/05/2015
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    "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!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 31/05/2015 Member Since 2014

    'The other cat!'

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    "Second outing for Max Wolfe "

    Another enjoyable story from Tony Parsons.

    Max Wolfe's team investigate the brutal murders of a family with what seems to be an ideal life style.

    Through a series of unfolding events they track the murders down.. or do they?

    I enjoyed this book and wait to see how the character develops in future additions to this series.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. D. K. Mcgowan 11/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting"

    A book you will not want to switch off. The story builds and draws you in. Narration spot on.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 16/08/2015
    Jason 16/08/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping from the outset"

    This was a great, twisted and sinister whodunit. The cockney narration added flavour.

    I found the playback speed was hard to fix. I think that the original recording has been sped up. You can only halve the speed in the app, which was then too slow.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kris 25/07/2015
    Kris 25/07/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story - just a few issues with the procedures"

    I do like Tony Parson, I do like his characters and don't get me wrong, it's a good story but every now and then I found myself saying, what? what? what policemen would charge in there on his own? What detective would take a key clue off to show a witness before bagging tagging and printing it? I'm not a big fan of police procedurals, but there are limits. Perhaps just a bit more of an edit before publishing?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deirdre 05/07/2015
    Deirdre 05/07/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely loved it!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - gripping, great narration, great story. Loved it more than the Murder Bag. This is one I will read again.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. F. M. Quint Rossendale, UK 09/06/2015
    Ms. F. M. Quint Rossendale, UK 09/06/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Fabulous & heart wrenching"

    I loved this book. I loved it honesty and its tackling of some hard hitting topics. It's tough, it's truthful and its totally gripping. I love Max Wolf. I hope to see him again. He's tough & gentle, intuitive & kind. I love his relationship with his small daughter. Read it, you'll not be disappointed.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    eidy barking, United Kingdom 27/05/2015
    eidy barking, United Kingdom 27/05/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant!!!"

    I am a great fan of Tony Parsons.
    great book! I hope there is another.
    The story is say and very dark but brilliant. well written.
    Hope there will be more books just as fab.
    Thank you

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Graham 14/01/2016
    Graham 14/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Started well and then ...."

    I enjoyed the first third of the book and then it just went for a story that could build and take the reader on great journey to something that was random facts and information with a storyline that more and more unbelievable. Enjoyed a previous book but this seems like a desperate effort to push something out for the sake of it.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Martha
    Marfa, TX, United States
    15/08/15
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lyndel
    Lilydale, Australia
    05/08/15
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    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Southfield, mi, United States
    19/04/17
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    "Good but slightly disappointment"

    The beginning of the book was so riveting and ferocious I almost did not get past the new years eve massacre. If you have an aversion to blood those killing are gruesome. I live in Detroit, Michigan. I watch in utter disbelief with the British police/detective stories, Luther, when they walk into hostile situations with nothing but their hands in their pockets.

    I know the gun control laws are different but…I am just saying. So it was incredulous that Wolf and company walked into a hostile environment, with their hands in their pockets and that righteous, I am the law attitude. That blew me away. They did not get any sympathy from me. Actually, I was glad since they were so stupid to do it.

    If you remove that difference in procedures, based on what side of the Atlantic you live, there were enough twist and turns to keep me engrossed in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MxH
    San Tan Valley, AZ, United States
    06/08/15
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    "An Improvement"

    The author has made improvements in the second book of the series and manages to elevate the book to average. The biggest improvement is in the plot: it is much tighter and flows at a better pace. The narrator continues to be the main attraction, and saves the book from mediocrity. The relationship between the main character and his daughter is also a highlight. Sadly, I don't think the book rises above average because of several ridiculous points. Is it necessary to have a cop killed or seriously disabled in each book? Why doesn't the author spend a little time on developing a few more strong characters instead of dropping numerous flimsy characters in just for killing targets? The protagonist also is almost killed in a riot, stabbed in the abdomen, beaten senseless, and buried alive; the sequence of trauma the hero tolerates without any real physical side effects is simply silly. The author could have created a greater emotional impact by cutting back on the action and inserting more realism. The overall experience is like watching "The Fast and The Furious": lots of action with minimal emotional complexity.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • brenda hubbard
    portland, oregon
    10/06/16
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    "Wonderful!"

    Nuanced, touching and suspenseful - I loved the writing and the narrator is wonderful. I highly recommend this. The father daughter relationship was resonant and finely detailed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • KIM
    03/07/15
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    "Can't wait for the next one......."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I only got this the other day and have already told everyone how good it is.
    If you liked the Murder Bag (I loved it) for sure you will need to read this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max of course. But the policeman that maintains the Black Museum is also a great character.


    What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Colin Mace has become my favorite narrator. When he tells this story and The Murder Bag I get to where I wish the book was much longer. I stayed up for most of the night because of the narrator but Tony Parsons writes a great book so he had good material.


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed both of Tony's books. Thanks

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 6catz
    01/06/15
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    "Fine sequel to "The Murder Bag""

    Very good series developing here, with multifaceted central character and solid writing. Keeping an eye on Tony Parsons - I expect even better things to come from him. Well worth the credit.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • M.K. Merrill
    Anchorage, AK United States
    17/06/17
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    "FANTASTIC!! 🤗"

    I have listened to the entire series before writing any of the reviews. This is a series I'll listen to again in a year or two. The narration is fantastic! Colin Mace has a wide range of voices and can handle male, female and child voices. He has great tone, pitch and emotional expression, bringing the characters to life. He makes a good series great.

    I would compare this series to the writing of Robert Galbraith, John Verdon and the Will Trent series by Karen Slaughter. The books are not action pack thrillers, but solid detective/ mystery books.

    The Slaughter Man had some unique ideas when you consider most murder mystery formulas are so similar. I actually learned some ways in which Britain varies from the USA when it comes to policing. I found these insights very interesting.

    At times the characters make some questionably moves, but hey it is fiction after all. There are some areas where the story moves a bit tad but usually not for long. Of the 4 books, The Slaughter Man, almost ties for my favorite, book 3 The Hanging Club. All of the books in the Max Wolf series are worth a credit so give it a try if you like the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    07/02/17
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    "Love this mystery series and narrator."

    The casting of Colin Mace as protagonist Wolfe is perfection. The story line is fast paced, sometimes a bit too violent for my taste and Wolfe's endured beatings beg an extra portion of suspense of disbelief, however, it is almost balanced out by Wolfe's humanity, love for his daughter Scout, and their pet dog, Stan. Parsons' plots are unique, and imbued with London historical locations and reference; a fun ride to locale rarely seen by us tourists.
    I found it hard to put my earbuds down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    Kailua Kona, HI, United States
    25/01/17
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    ""Perfectly" constructed hero in an imperfect plot"

    Wolfe (Re-e-ally!?!) seems artificially fabricated from calculated hunks of macho mythology: Tortured Victim (can't help lovin' that ex-wife), through Ideal Dad (although his perfect daughter rarely sees him), and bumbling professional (twice barging into predictably perilous situations w/o waiting for easily accessible back-up), and irresistible Ladies' Man, thence to superhero Man of Steel (beaten up, knifed, beaten up again, clobbered with a champagne bottle and buried alive, and oh yeah,the rat) who still heroically manages to make the arrest. The author seems unaware of the medical repercussions of acid burns, knife wounds, concussion, or TBI. Oof.

    Unbelievable, kinda like a True Crime Comix.. A police procedural with flawed methodology, no impulse control, and apparently no DNA testing totally stretched incredulity.

    The narrator was pleasant but often slipped into whispered and/or mumbled passages. Since I often listen while at the gym, I lost whole passages to his sotto voce, which led to tedious decision-making about whether those extracts were worth retrieving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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