I’m so, so, SO pleased Tony Parsons took a punt and tried his hand at crime fiction. DC Max Wolfe is a fabulous new fictional detective and these are soooo my kind of stories. I thoroughly enjoyed The Murder Bag, the first in the series – you can see my review here.
Dead Time is number 1.5 in the series – a short story to whet our appetites before #2 in the series is published on 21st May.
So what’s it about?
One am, Boxing Day. Snow falls, the city sleeps.
Not DC Max Wolfe. He is looking out of his loft apartment at the deserted streets below.
A van has just drawn up. Two men get out. Dressed in black and wearing ski-masks, they are dragging something.
It’s a man. Half-naked. Half-dead. But still alive.
Not for much longer.
Soon Max Wolfe is hunting a gang of killers who decapitate their victims.
And this time it’s personal …
Is there anything better than the combination of a peaceful, wintery, snow scene to offset against a grisly murder? Not much! I won’t go into too much detail – it’s a short story after all, and I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that like The Murder Bag, this story ends so satisfyingly whilst having just enough deliciously gruesome details to keep the tension. The narrative is completely fearless and unflinching.
‘A cleanly decapitated human does not die instantly’.
If you enjoyed The Murder Bag, do read this before The Slaughter Man comes out next month.
The Murder Bag is available on kindle for only £3.66 at the moment: The Murder Bag
Dead Time is only 99p: Dead Time: A DC Max Wolfe Short Story
And The Slaughter Man can be pre-ordered: The Slaughter Man