Thursday 6 June 2019

Review ~ #Taken by Tony Parsons

18 April 2019

Max Wolfe #6

My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book
#taken in the night 

They thought they were kidnapping the mistress of one of London’s most powerful gangsters. But they’ve taken the wrong woman. And crossed the wrong detective.

#taken underground 

Detective Max Wolfe's hunt for the missing woman takes him from New Scotland Yard’s legendary Black Museum to the glittering mansions of career criminals, from sleazy strip joints to secret sex dungeons – and to unspeakably dark deeds committed decades ago.

#taken to the limit 

It’s a world of family secrets, sexual jealousy, and a lust for revenge – which might also become Wolfe’s grave

My thoughts..

#Taken is a complex crime thriller which starts off in a dramatic way when a young woman is abducted just as she reaches home. With no obvious reason for the abduction, the police start to investigate the case, however, the more they uncover and the more they realise that, perhaps, the wrong woman has been taken.

What then follows is a fast and furious investigation which involves DC Max Wolfe and DCI Pat Whitestone in a complicated case which is constantly outmanoeuvered by those who keep their secrets close. The story moves between the criminal underworld and the glittering wealth of an old-time gang boss, bringing a gritty realism to a story which is riddled with twists, turns and numerous false leads.

The workings of the police investigative team is focused mostly on the way Max Wolfe operates and of his, somewhat, unconventional approach to policing which works well as we get to know more about him both on, and off, duty. Those who have followed this series from the beginning will be more in tune with the finer nuances of the central characters, but even if you are new to the series, as I am, you can soon follow the plot, as nothing detracts from the complexity of the case.

#Taken is a well written and exciting crime thriller which takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride through the seedier side of London. It's filled with dark and gritty moments and with a constant sensation of trouble brewing just around the corner.

Tony 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 27 Savile Row, West End Central. The roots of the DC Max Wolfe series started here.

Since then he has become an award winning journalist and bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into more than 40 languages. The Murder Bag, the first novel in the DC Max Wolfe series, went on to number one on first publication in the UK. All of the DC Max Wolfe novels have been Sunday Times top five bestsellers.

Tony lives in London with his wife, his daughter and their dog.

Twitter @TonyParsonsUK #Taken

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