EXCERPT: ….they loaded her into their car.
And now she felt the violence in them. Not spite, or sadism, or wounded, woman-hating pride. But violence. Violence in the hands of deeply experienced professionals who did this sort of thing for a living.
She saw her baby son, and she called his name, and the child was still sleeping on the back seat, wet-lipped and head lolling under the ‘Baby, I’m bored’ sign, and she let out a howl like a wounded animal because she knew with total blinding clarity that she would never see him again in this life.
And that was when she understood.
This was personal.
This was as personal as hell.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: WRONG TIME.
When a young mother is kidnapped by unknown assailants, Detective Max Wolfe suddenly has a dangerous job on his hands.
As Wolfe investigates the connection between the kidnapped woman and the head of a crumbling criminal empire, the hunt takes him from New Scotland Yard’s Black Museum to the glittering mansions of career criminals, from sleazy strip joints to secret dungeons, and from the murderous hatreds of today to the unspeakable crimes of half a lifetime ago.
Why would someone kidnap an innocent young woman? As Wolfe plunges deeper and deeper into a world of darkness and vengeance, he begins to wonder if anyone is innocent…
MY THOUGHTS: I have learnt to expect surprises from Tony Parsons. He is a master at leading the reader in totally the wrong direction, of smokescreens so well crafted you don’t see them for what they are until afterwards. But he takes his writing to a whole new level with #taken, #6 in the Max Wolfe series.
I read this with my mind darting from one scenario to another, my heart pounding, my pulse racing. If I could have read it in one sitting, I would have. I did not want to put it down. Even while I was at work, I was thinking about this book, about the possibilities, wondering……and wondering some more.
I love the character of Max. He is strong, thoughtful. I love reading about his bolt-hole, New Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, and his daughter Scout. I love what I learn about London, old and new, each time I read a book in this series. In short, I love this series, and #taken is a wonderful addition.
THE AUTHOR: Tony Parsons (born 6 November 1953) is a British journalist broadcaster and author. He began his career as a music journalist on the NME, writing about punk music. Later, he wrote for The Daily Telegraph, before going on to write his current column for the Daily Mirror. Parsons was for a time a regular guest on the BBC Two arts review programme The Late Show, and still appears infrequently on the successor Newsnight Review; he also briefly hosted a series on Channel 4 called Big Mouth.
He is the author of the multi-million selling novel, Man and Boy (1999). Parsons had written a number of novels including The Kids (1976), Platinum Logic (1981) and Limelight Blues (1983), before he found mainstream success by focussing on the tribulations of thirty-something men. Parsons has since published a series of best-selling novels – One For My Baby (2001), Man and Wife (2003), The Family Way (2004), Stories We Could Tell (2006), My Favourite Wife (2007), Starting Over (2009) and Men From the Boys (2010). His novels typically deal with relationship problems, emotional dramas and the traumas of men and women in our time. He describes his writing as ‘Men Lit’, as opposed to the rising popularity of ‘Chick Lit’.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Random House UK, Cornerstone via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of #taken by Tony Parsons for review. All opinions expressed in this review are totally my own opinions.
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