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Summary

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. 

DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses. And when Max’s ex-wife suddenly reappears to reclaim custody of his beloved daughter, he finds himself fighting the greatest battle of all....

©2018 Tony Parsons (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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He cannot write these quick enough

Another amazing book by Tony Parsons. Colin Mace is the perfect narrator to portray Max. Lots of highs and lows in this book, but the core story of Max’s life ties it all together. Looking forward to the next one already.

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Tony Parsons - a very gifted writer!!!

Deeply moving. Very real. A book which can be read on many levels. And the problem of immigration, racism, and "home grown terrorists", the clash of religions. The lack of Security and trained Law enforcement . To the personal dilemas which we all face. "Is it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all?

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Please Mr Parsons may I have some more!

Really hated having to put this book down. Definitely the best of the DC Wolfe series. The interweaving of professional and private emotions made for compulsive listening.

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Tony Parsons another great book

Go through all the emotions reading this great D.C. Wolf novel. Can't stop listening to it

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what a detective

this is a great series. The detective Max Wolfe is very believable. Well read too

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Wish I could give this book a 10

One of the best books I've ever read. Great story, brilliantly crafted characters really well read. Can't wait for the next Max Woolf story.

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Excellent as usual.

Story line and narration come together to deliver a visual page turner. Can't wait for the next instalment.

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Best I’ve read so far this year

Super series, well written and well told. Can’t wait for the next one to come out

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Best crime series ever!!

Honestly the best series I've ever read or listened to, the main character is just everything you want to be as a man. The only slight negative point is that I found myself caring more about the personal aspects of this story rather than the plot, but as I said, hands down best series of books I've come across so far.

Superb reading by Colin Mace but that's standard for him.

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 18-10-18

Loved this!

I was not entirely comfortable with the narration at first. It seemed a little fast and emotionless. However, I adjusted to the pace and came to realise that Colin Mace actually did an excellent job here. The story is original, with well drawn characters who are easy to engage with. Also, where so much good fiction has weak, or ‘over the top’ final chapters, Parson’s final chapters in Girl on Fire are perfect. Genuinely exciting, but entirely plausible and left me wanting more. Here’s hoping for a sequel.

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  • Frances
  • 16-03-18

Absolute best

Right now, Tony Parsons hits it all for me-literate but unpretentious, covers important issues without ever getting preachy, and gives you distinctly drawn, deeply human characters. (That last even covers Stan the dog,-who seems as human as anyone I know).

Colin Mace is a pitch perfect reader for this book.

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  • harry
  • 11-04-18

The Best Police Procedural Series Ever !

Tony Parsons' Max Wolfe books comprise the best "police procedural" series I have ever listened to. Over the course of the 5 Max Wolfe books Parsons brings to life a series of richly developed characters and totally credible plot lines.

If you are interested in this series you really need to begin with Book 1 of this series ("The Murder Bag"). Here you will be introduced to men and women of London's West End Central's major crimes unit as well as DC Max Wolfe, his daughter Scout and their dog Stan.

The story lines of this series are not gimmicky or contrived and the characters are human and complex. Though each book is a stand-alone work the listener would be well served to begin with book 1.

Colin Mace brings these stories to life with an absolutely expert narration.

Like the title of this review says, simply the best realistic police procedural series there is.

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  • CM
  • 16-04-18

Love this series !

Another gripping book in this series. The story was contemporary reflecting the times we live in . As usual DC Wolfe gets a bit battered and bruised! The relationship between him and his daughter is beautifully written. These books are read by a brilliant narrator who has the most “listenable” voice ,sorry I Know that is not an actual word. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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  • Dany Scott
  • 24-10-18

Great!

I especially liked this book, Girl On Fire, and hope there will be more to come in this series. My stepfather flew fighter jets in WWII, and I kept his framed copy of the poem Max read to Scout, High Flight, I think it's called, "then I reached out and touched the face of God" ! I couldn't believe that the author chose that as one of the poems he had the character Max read to his young daughter. It's such a beautiful poem, it always brings tears to my eyes. The beautiful description of the love the father Max has for his daughter, and how they talk to each other, actually made me cry. I think it was the part where Max asked Scout whether she wanted to live with her mother and how he felt about Scout. What beauty in those words and the whole depicted scene. Yes, 'The Man Can Write!"

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  • Mark
  • 10-10-18

Tony Parsons' books and his writing style keep

Tony Parsons' books and his writing style keep me interested until the end. This one is no exception with unexpected twists and turns to the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-18

Another great read by Tony Parsons!


Another great read by Tony Parsons! As current as the headlines read of any major newspaper.

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  • The Dark Side
  • 07-08-18

Girl on fire ...

May favorite
book in the series. Better if read in order.
I just wish there were more.


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  • E. Walsh
  • 06-08-18

Not the London that I remember

Where are you from ? Is a common enough question.
I was born and lived in London for nearly 30 years.
Londoners are or in my time used to be proud of what part of London they came from.
Maybe, the local soccer /football team played a big part of that?
For my sins I lived in SW 6.
We spent time in the West End, not a lot of time, but maybe the odd big night out.
Other than going to the odd Sunday market or shopping for that odd whatever or the odd job there wasn't much need to go to the East End.
At my school diversity just happened, it wasn't planned.
One of my best friends worked in a fairly high ranking position in the British Embassy another was the son of a member of Parliament. Along with sons of West Indians, Pakistanis, Africans and kids of every race and color.
We were more concerned about the stuff that all teenagers worry about.
We wanted to be cool, we needed to be seen as being cool.
Music, fashion, and were top of the list.
Tony Parsons paints a very different picture of my home town.
I am happy to put this all down to just entertainment.
I sure as heck hope that his London isn't my London.
I don't get home that often, I don't really follow what's going on over there.
But I still have family living in different parts of the city and so far none of them have ever heard "Armed Police" !!

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  • SerenitySue
  • 26-04-18

Great book great narrator

I've read all books in this series and this blew me away with the painful story, losses and an ending I never saw coming. The narrator is a perfect fit for the main character. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Valerie
  • 29-03-18

Unremittingly dismal

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this, but after 3 hours I was desperate for a break from doom and disaster.

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