Girl on Fire by Tony Parsons

 

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When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and guilty alike.

I have to admit to being a fan of the Max Wolfe Series from the beginning so my expectations were high, with Girl on Fire these were met and then some.

As Max finds himself literally in the middle of an explosive beginning, as an act of terrorism takes place in shopping centre, what follows is more a story of the consequences taking by the the decisions actions of the terrorists, than just trying solve a case. Actions which will throw families into turmoil with questions to be asked and answered.

With a mix of murder, Max is soon forced into decisions with moral dilemmas to overcome, choosing between right and wrong even though this would stretch the loyalties of colleagues to the limit, menacing text messages soon follow but who is sending them and why, Max will find himself a target.

Unusually as with some police procedurals, Max is a character who manages to balance his professional and home life, with his daughter Scout and their dog Stan.  As in the previous books there is heart and emotion in bucket loads which give the characters that engaging sense of realism so important in any novel. There are scenes that tug at the heart strings. Also central to keeping Max levelheaded are those scenes which take place in the black museum a place of refuge in times of torment.

Tony Parsons has a knack for producing taut and gritty stories with realism, sprinkled with warmth, twists and turns will keep you on your toes and second guessing as to where the story and investigation will lead next. The ending was something else and certainly unexpected.

This is a contemporary police procedural bang on the money for the present day.

The writing is slick and fast paced, another classic page turner.

For me this is the best in what has become one of my favourite series so far, I read to be entertained and Tony Parsons does that and them some.

5*

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