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The Hanging Club, Tony Parsons

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The Hanging Club
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The Hanging Club
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Tony Parsons
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eng
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"A band of vigilante executioners roam the hot summer nights, abducting evil men who they judge unworthy of living and hanging them by the neck until dead. Sentenced to death is the gang member who abused dozens of vulnerable girls, the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child, the drug addict who put a pensioner in a coma and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. But do these rogue hangmen crave true justice--or just blood? As the bodies pile up and violence explodes all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe--dog lover, single parent, defender of the weak--embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet, hunting a righteous gang of vigilante killers who many believe to be heroes. The search will take Max from squalid backstreets, where religious fanaticism breeds, to mansions in mourning and all the way to the secret rooms of power where decisions are weighed about life and death. But before The Hanging Club is confronted, Max Wolfe must learn some painful truths about the fragile line between good and evil, innocence and guilt, justice and retribution. And discover that the lust for revenge starts very close to home"--
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  • Parsons’ first two novels—The Murder Man (2014) and The Slaughter Man (2015)—taught readers what to expect: a narrative that hits on all cylinders, a likable detective hero, and a deceptively unadorned prose style that carries terrific emotional force. Parsons again chooses a subject—this time it’s vigilante justice—that’s in danger of being overworked, and then forces us to reconsider that position. Three evil people who escaped punishment are kidnapped and hanged. Videos of their excruciating deaths are placed online, and the public’s response is predictable: “I hope they get away with it.” Standard plot fodder so far. But then the son of a London cop is mutilated by a punk the law can’t touch, and Detective Constable Max Wolfe finds himself seeing revenge-fueled violence in a new way. Parsons helps the readers see it, too, by allowing the vigilantes to express their “bottomless sadness and a grief that’s never-ending.” Any novel that ends with the words, “What’s wrong with a bit of revenge?” can be expected to generate some strong feelings, but Parsons is never strident and always thought provoking. -- Crinklaw, Don (Reviewed 9/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 1, p56)
  • In Parsons’s solid third novel featuring London Det. Constable Max Wolfe (after 2015’s The Slaughter Men), Wolfe and his Murder Investigation Team view a video of a group of masked individuals abducting and hanging Mahmud Irani, a taxi driver whom they discover was once convicted of molesting underage girls. For Wolfe, a single father to five-year-old Scout, it’s difficult to drum up sympathy for those the Hanging Club, as they come to be known, target—a man who ran down a small child, a preacher who spews hate speech—but Wolfe’s determined to remind the public that the law must apply to everyone. Complicating his life is the sudden reappearance of childhood friend Jackson Rose, whom he and Scout discover one night sleeping rough on the city streets. Rose is as charming as Wolfe remembers, but his oldest friend can also be dangerous. Parsons does decent work mixing the messy particulars of Wolfe’s personal life with a case that demonstrates that the good guys and the bad guys are not always such distinct entities. Agent: Sloan Harris, ICM. (Nov.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/26/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 39, p)
  • When vigilantes, wearing masks of famous hangmen, film their lynchings of insufficiently punished criminals, London Metro DC Max Wolfe and his murder squad wonder if the justice system is completely broken. Not only are the criminals being murdered, their bodies are being dumped at the site of notorious executions. Does society really care if child killers and pedophiles perish? In his third foray (after The Slaughter Man), Wolfe is not only angry at the system; his life as a single father is spinning out of control. VERDICT Excellent writing and subtly paced character development are the hallmarks of this British crime series. Give this one to Ian Rankin and Peter James readers. --Viccy Kemp (Reviewed 11/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 141, issue 18, p60)
  • A group of vigilantes goes after bad guys who received little more than a slap on the wrist. In his latest Max Wolfe outing, Parsons (The Slaughter Man, 2015, etc.) explores whether criminal justice is truly just. This series continues to grow in both its excellent writing and subtly paced character development. When a child groomersomeone who gains a childs trust in order to set the child up for sexual exploitationis caught and hung by a mysterious group of masked individuals, (6) London Metro police investigator Wolfe and his squad inherits the case (19-22). The victim, Mahmud Irani (24), was convicted in connection with a child sex ring and received a scant six years in prison (25). After his release, the vigilantes, wearing masks portraying Britains most famous hangman (24), videotaped his death and released it to the world (21-23), dumping the body in Hyde Park (25). The next body, found near the Marble Arch in Tyburn (33-34) where thousands of public executions were performed, is broadcast live. Hector Welles (36), age 35, hit and killed a young boy riding his bicycle (66-67). And this wasnt any young boyhe was the grandson of famous gangster Paul Warboys (69). Another televised hanging takes place and, with events in his personal and professional lives tumbling out of control, Wolfe begins to wonder whether the system really does work. Killers go free or receive token sentences, while families grieve and pine for justice. When his best friend, Jackson Rose (938), walks back into his life, Wolfe faces a dilemma: Stay true to his oath as a cop or give in to his instincts to shield the people he cares about. Parsons latest takes on the frustration that both cops and society as a whole have with a slow-moving system that often results in punishment that in no way reflects the anguish of those affected by the crime, weighing not only the legally correct response to those imbalances, but also the morally correct ones. This case tests Wolfes humanity, as well as his sense of duty.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1900)
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1953-
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Parsons, Tony
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6066.A725
LC item number
H36 2016
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Max Wolfe novels
Series volume
3
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  • Serial murder investigation
  • Vigilantes
Target audience
adult
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The Hanging Club, Tony Parsons
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Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
368 pages
Isbn
9781250052711
Lccn
2016027889
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • 933272379
  • (OCoLC)933272379
Label
The Hanging Club, Tony Parsons
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
368 pages
Isbn
9781250052711
Lccn
2016027889
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 933272379
  • (OCoLC)933272379

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