Top positive review
Tense and thrilling - I put everything 'on hold' for this - superb!
23 April 2017
I was glued to this book from the moment I started reading. Tony Parsons has an easy-going writing style that you just flow along with effortlessly, even when the tension racks up. From the opening pages, the terror, shock, and misplaced hope make you desperate to see the perps brought to justice.
A privileged ex-public schoolboy (now Banker) is found in his office with his throat cut. Next a homeless ex drug addict is killed in this same very specific and grisly manner. Enter DC Tom Wolfe, an impulsive but very determined detective who is not afraid to ignore the rules where he needs to, to solve the crime.
There are many despicable characters in this – quite a few of whom you can’t help feeling get their just desserts. People protect each other, lie and deceive, some through fear, some because they are ar*eholes. You guess early on that this is some sort of revenge action. (No spoilers here, though).
I liked the trips Wolfe takes to the Imperial War Museum where he has a contact (via Mallory his boss), who has a wealth of weapons info. I also like the parts about the Black Museum (renamed) but wondered how crowded it would be if many DCs went there when problem solving! Interesting though – it’s one of those mystery places one wonders about without wanting to actually visit, and so I loved the descriptions. (I’m betting Tony Parsons has the same feeling of wonder about it!)
The police team of Mallory, DIs Gane and Whitestone and later Edie Wren are superb, all working together, plus the lowly Billy Greene – I hope he’ll pop up in later stories. I genuinely cared for these guys!
Yes, Wolfe does seem to drive too posh a car and I never understand how when he’s interfering in/solving ‘other people’s ‘ crimes, or ‘already (incorrectly) solved’ crimes how he has time to do his own work (surely he has other crimes he is assigned to?!) That apart, I was riveted to this from start to finish.. I love his battered but doing-its-best home setup, with Scout and Stan the dog – and the loving/homely parts of pure love spent with his daughter.
As for the grisly crimes, I guessed some of the outcomes, but not all. I loved the twist at the end. I bought a copy that had an additional short story at the end which was also very good. I’m just glad I bought his next book at the same time as this one so I don’t have to hesitate before the next one. Keep them coming Tony!
(PS I’ve just looked at Tony’s Amazon page and HE’S GOT THE DOG, HE’S GOT A STAN!!)