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Summary

As dawn breaks on a snowy February morning, a refrigerated lorry is found parked in the heart of London's Chinatown. Inside, 12 women, apparently illegal immigrants, are dead from hypothermia. But in the cab, DC Max Wolfe finds 13 passports. Twelve dead women. Thirteen passports. The hunt for the missing woman will take Max Wolfe into the dark heart of the world of human smuggling, mass migration and 21st-century slave markets.

There is a fate worse than death in this fifth instalment of the sensational Max Wolfe series, from best-selling author Tony Parsons.

©2017 Tony Parsons (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"I've long been a fan of Tony Parson's writing and I'm really enjoying his genre move into crime fiction. This is brilliant stuff." (Peter James, on The Hanging Club)
"This is Parson's best crime novel so far and underlines his exceptional talent for sensing the zeitgeist." ( Daily Mail, on The Hanging Club)

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  • Mark
  • Essex
  • 21-04-17

Gripping Contemporary Thriller

Great characters in a strong series that is well plotted (if you can forgive the coincidences). It's pacy and full of action as well as reflections on the world as it was and how it is now. Well read by Colin Mace, he's made it his own now. Smiths of Smithfield and BMW should be pleased with their free publicity. Kept me hooked all the way.

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  • SJC
  • West Country, England, UK
  • 25-09-17

awesome as usual!

Colin Mace is exactly what I believe Max to sound like. He has a wonderful narrating voice and I only hope he doesn't lose the 'gig' to someone else for this series of books. Max would never be the same again if he did.

As for the story, sad, harrowing at times, touching at others. Tony Parsons doing what he does best. On to the next one now, Tony. Please?! xx

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A dark tale of human trafficking

The narrator Colin Mace is excellent. Descriptions of London are sublime! Simply the unfolding of DC Max Wolfe throughout the stories has always been interesting and I hope in more books to come you get more character depth with Wolfe.

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  • Patricia
  • scunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • 17-04-17

love these books

love the author, love the narrator. he has built up characters that you want to hear more about as much as the story, having said that the plot and content of this book were excellent.

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Brilliant

Once again I could not stop listening to this latest novel by Tony Parsons. It gripped me from the start.

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  • sarah
  • cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 16-07-17

Loved it

Although inaccurate information about care of people with ASD who absolutely do not get locked up for life in 'psychiatric hospitals' !!
Poor research I feel.
Apart from that I loved the audiobook. Well read and an interesting, topical story line. Love Max Wolf, Scout, Stan and Mrs Murphy. Characters to care about. Well developed and believable.

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Amazing!!

Best book I've listened/read in the last few years. Great story from a great author. Can't wait for next book.

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Brilliant Read

Where does Die Last rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think it is first class loved the reader and I think it would definitely be in my top ten

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max Wolfe I thought he was complex and showed a caring side but also a very hard side

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

Edward

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A serious crime of our time

Any additional comments?

I love d the reader a lovely voice but maybe the volume could be much louder

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it gets4 stars to make TP to write another soon!

What did you like most about Die Last?

Good Story , well written ,characters really developing.

What did you like best about this story?

everything that was going on in the plot and peripheral to it, absorbing, totally.

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

Brilliant, its a benchmark for other audio books

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

Would have if only...
I listen whilst driving to different sites that I work at.

Any additional comments?

Must go to china town and eat Bang Bang noodles with a cold beer.
Its on my bucket list!

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Fab!

I guessed the twist right at the start, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment. A great 4th book in a brilliant series. Excellent narration.

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  • AK Raven
  • 17-06-17

I WANT A BOOK 5!

First off, if you haven't listened to the other 3 books in this series stop and start the series from book 1, The Murder Bag. This is a series that order will matter.

Parsons writes detective/ murder mystery books -- not action packed thrillers. The characters are well developed, especially over the series. Max, the main character is strong yet sensitive, brutal yet kind. He is the type of character you want on your side. I love the interaction between Max and his daughter, Scout, and their dog Stan. You can tell Parsons loves dogs. Some of his lines about our four legged friends made me laugh out loud.

Colin Mace is a master voice actor. He brings the characters to life. He makes a good book even better. Not all narrators have this skill. The quality of the recording is top notch.

I strongly recommend the entire series. If you like
Robert Galbraith, John Verdon or the Will Trent series you're most likely going to enjoy this series too. I hope there's more to come.


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  • Loy
  • 21-07-17

love this series

I really enjoyed this book, the police case is relevant to today and we see the personal effect it has on ordinary police officers.

I have listened to all of the Max Wolfe series and looking forward to the next one

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