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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007327811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007327812
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello again. Tony Parsons here. Thanks for checking out my home page on lovely Amazon.

THE SLAUGHTER MAN is the second book in the Max Wolfe series.
In the book Max is on the trail of a mass murderer who killed a happy family in their home and stole away their young son. Because of the murder weapon - a cattle gun used for stunning livestock before slaughter - the murder has echoes of another killing spree from thirty years ago, when a disturbed young man killed a farmer and his three sons with the same weapon. The press called him THE SLAUGHTER MAN. But all that was a long time ago - The Slaughter man has done his time and is now old and dying. Is someone trying to set him up? Is it a sick homage by some demented fan? Or is The Slaughter Man back in the killing game? Max needs to find the killer and bring home the missing child - before the killer strikes again or finds his way to the happy home of Max Wolfe.

I am often asked - why did you turn to crime? The answer is that in 2010 I was at a film screening in Soho organised by the director Sam Mendes. Over a glass of cheap wine, Sam told me that his next job was directing the new James Bond movie (the film would of course become the wonderful SKYFALL) and he was rereading all the Ian Fleming 007 books, which he had loved as a child. I thought rereading the Bond books sounded a wonderful way to spend the time and I went home and started working my way through the James Bond books. And by the time I was at the end of the first page of Casino Royale, I was reflecting that it is an incredible achievement for any writer to create a hero that endures for generations - be it James Bond, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, Philip Marlowe, or Jack Reacher. And I knew that i wanted to try to achieve the same thing. The result was Max Wolfe. I very much hope that you will join him on his adventures.

Thanks!

best,

Tony Parsons.

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‘Simmering beneath the dazzling sunlight there are gritty undercurrents aplenty’ Express

‘The prose seamlessly pulls you along…a lasting novel about belief and longing’ Daily Mirror

‘A love letter to Thailand’ BBC

‘ … a simple yet effective story, exploring the incessant search for happiness and what people will do to secure it’ Irish Examiner

‘Tony Parson's great skill is that he can cut to the core of relationships’ The Book Bag

‘[The Finn Family] soon discover the start truth behind the tourist-brochure ‘holiday paradise’ image, before emerging emotionally stronger from the strains of their relocation’ Sunday Times

About the Author

Tony Parsons is the author of Man and Boy , winner of the Book of the Year prize. His subsequent novels – One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell, My Favourite Wife, Starting Over and Men from the Boys were all bestsellers. In summer 2011 he was Writer-in-Residence at London Heathrow, and his first book of short stories, Departures, is based on the experience. He has written a novella about pirates for Quick Reads – Beyond the Bounty.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ceb1960 on 31 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Catching the Sun
This book leaves the reader feeling frustrated as though having been invited to a friend's house and then ignored for the duration. We don't get to know the characters as we are given nothing. The characterisation is one dimensional and repetitive. The style is rather like reportage with some overblown descriptions of place. The storyline provides lots of opportunities to develop the main characters which are systematically ignored, sometimes blatantly. How could the author tell us that the main character is bitten by a gibbon and then proceed to tell us that the gibbon is to be tested for HIV but follow with absolutely nothing of what Tom might feel or think about such a situation? There is no depth. The first page tells us that Rory is lying on his front in the sand with a book in his lap! How does that work then? Was there an editor at HarperCollins looking after this book, or was it an experiment in publishing a book without an editor? We are also given rudimentary and patronising lessons in the societal issues of Thai beach culture, such as how the bar girls are exploited by rich foreign businessmen, yes thanks I think we knew that. I could go on but you get my drift. Disappointing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adopado on 17 July 2012
Format: Paperback
It rolls along as a story but never seems to get anywhere. There were no particular questions answered. There was little power of emotion or description. Despite incorporating the most devastating natural disaster to afflict humanity in modern times this seemed to fall rapidly into the background within a few pages. Some concrete details just weren't realistic or accurate. (For example, the never ending pallets of water bottles or his stored petrol in his hut ... for his, ahem, diesel powered motorbike!)

Here's the story to save you some time and money: The family had some problems in the UK so chose to live in Thailand for a while ... we note that Thailand is different to the UK ... some (mostly unlikely) events took place, and without any particular good reason they decide to go back home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jasper on 5 July 2012
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Like everyone else, I loved 'Man and Boy' and keep hoping for a similar read from Tony Parsons. I've read each of his books since and this was probably the least interesting yet. Unlike some other reviewers, I liked the setting and thought it was described well but I couldn't become interested in the characters. The narrator's children were meant to be cute but the boy was so irritating and both came across as much older than they were. Unrealistic dialogue and the plot wasn't much better. What a shame.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darren6270 on 2 Oct. 2012
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Have been a Tony Parsons fan since the early days. Man and Boy absolutely blew me away. Had the pleasure of meeting Mr Parsons at the Time Out book club a couple of years ago which only enforced my opinion of the man and his works. Rather sadly I feel his last couple of books have gradually gotten worse, to the point that I never even bothered to finish this one, which is something I couldn't have comprehended a couple of years ago. I feel like I have lost my favourite author. The story splutters along, often backfiring, the characters do not develop, and the usual heart rendering emotional moments are missing.
No doubt I will still pre-order the next and await in anticipation for delivery, I just hope he is back to his best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson on 27 Jun. 2012
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I heard the author on radio 2 talking about this book and having been to Thailand on a number of occasions ordered the book as it sounded like something I would enjoy. The book is very easy reading but ultimately unbelieveable and one-dimensional.
There is little depth to the characters and the story unfolds with many cliches and things that just do not make sense.
I found it really hard to believe what the author ws trying to tell me. Disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N Myatt on 7 Aug. 2012
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Having read a couple of Tony Parson's novels before I expected more of the same from the blurb- likeable familiar characters exploring what it means to be a parent, a spouse, make big life changes etc etc. what I found was absolute nonsense. One minute he's a dad on the run from broken Britain, next he's part of a crime organisation and in prison, next he's part of a Thai family, next he's a hero in the tsunami, next he's matchmaking some orphaned kid with his mate from home,next he hears the call of a gorilla he liberated from a brothel in the jungle and follows it (I'm not making this up) next his wife's pregnant and so on and so on. Just because he describes a dish as 'wrapped in a wafer thin ommelette' 5 times doesn't add credibilty to the notion he spent any time getting to know the land, the culture or the people at all. It reads as though he had a notebook titled 'good ideas for a holiday book' and in the absence of any plot or character development used every single idea. Most frustrating book ever, especially if you have the same curse as me that you must read the whole sorry thing to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peggy G on 14 Nov. 2012
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I have read Tony Parsons before & really enjoyed him, but this book is not worth bothering with at all.

It seems like he's trying to cram 100s of different things into the book, but doesn't expand or spend much time on any of them.

The main character just came across as really pathetic & irritating rather than the hard done by modern hero that I think he was intended to be. There was no depth to any of the characters and the book left lots of unanswered questions.....except I didn't care at all about the answers!
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