[ BOOKS ] ⚣ #taken: Wrong time. Wrong place. Wrong girl. Author Tony Parsons – Tactical-player.co.uk

#taken: Wrong time. Wrong place. Wrong girl. Whip Fast, Twisting Like A Moped In A Traffic Jam The Sun Parsons Work Stands Out Because He Creates Memorable Characters Peterborough Evening Telegraph Pages That Stick To The Fingers As Haunting As It Is Engaging Shots MagazineTony Parsons Left School At Sixteen And His First Job In Journalism Was At The New Musical Express His First Journalism After Leaving The NME Was When He Was Embedded With The Vice Squad At Savile Row, West End Central The Roots Of The DC Max Wolfe Series Started HereSince Then He Has Become An Award Winning Journalist And Bestselling Novelist Whose Books Have Been Translated Into Than Forty Languages The Murder Bag, The First Novel In The DC Max Wolfe Series, Went To Number One On First Publication In The UK All Of The DC Max Wolfe Novels Have Been Sunday Times Top Five BestsellersTony Lives In London With His Wife, His Daughter And Their Dog, Stan I did enjoy this book but questions remained at the end why did mother and son Mahone try to kill Harry Flowers for doing the petrol threat Then later Liam Mahone says categorically that it was a woman that was there and Mrs Flowers later admits it If all Mahones where present wouldn t they be the only people who knew the actual truth And for the love of god we know Max has a BMW X5 but does the author have to spell it out each time Countless times it s mentioned why not just say car Maybe it s a man thing And was the author tortured by an ex wife or mother Things I liked the use of London and south east as back drop, the nod to To Kill a Mockingbird , the effects of family life on the lives of a policeman and how mere mortals we all are P Always very happy to pay another visit to the world of DI Wolfe, whether it be a contented domestic scene in his flat near Smithfield market, with young daughter Scout and canine companion, Stan, or racing around the streets of London, playing cat and mouse down a tube station or visiting Highgate cemetery, I was delighted to see that the sixth novel in the series had arrived Tony Parsons has created a very likeable, damaged, loyal and determined character in Max Wolfe He always convinces me in the moment as Max rushes from one crime scene to another but, even interesting is the way that he portrays the father daughter dynamics in the Wolfe household The author is incredibly good at catching the ordinary loving moments, the irritations and squabbles, the childhood changes and the paternal worries in this unusual but utterly believable relationship Whilst it is this that makes Max Wolfe such a memorable character, his role as a single parent wouldn t work without the depiction of such a compellingly real little girl.The central crime in this story is, as ever, very well plotted with the expected twists and turns Nothing is as it seems all families are complicated if one looks carefully enough and this is certainly the case in taken Not only is Book Six up to the high standard of the previous tales it also further develops Max s dealings with his ex wife My only query here is, how could someone of his good sense ever have married her in the first place Highly recommended Begin at the beginning if you haven t met Max before, secure in the knowledge that six great tales await you My thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone Century for a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. I can t give this than three stars because the apparent grittiness covers a soft centre that is almost maudlin It s a nicely plotted story, moves along quickly, plenty of twists OTOH, there isn t a single three dimensional character and some of those plot twists are so unbelievable I found myself laughing I like laughing, but what the author intended at that point was seriousness If all you want is something that zips along with almost no reference to real life, you ll probably love it And you ll forget it as soon as you ve read the last line If what you want is something that grabs your attention and holds it, where you identify with the characters and care what happens to them look elsewhere.

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