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    The book starts with a bang, literally

    Girl on Fire is a gritty Police Procedure book which covers a number of today’s major crime issues arising from fundamentalism, both Islamic and white British fascism. Please do not be deterred by the term “procedure” as Parsons is thorough in his explanations of the Police terms. The book starts with a bang, literally, and the action proceeds at a pace. As you would expect from a writer of this pedigree the text is easy to read, the plot keeps your attention and the various strands are woven together so well that the whole book is neatly packaged without a single loose end. However, this tale is far from a simple crime/investigation/arrest story because it also examines the causes and more significantly the effects of such hatred. And if you thought that with a crime story the author had left his roots behind then think again. Despite the action and mystery this book is still very much a book about families, traditional relatives and the various police families. Is there a downside? I struggled to find one although if you are planning on taking Girl on Fire as part of your holiday reading then make sure you pack more books. Despite its four hundred paperback pages you will zip through it in a couple of days, maybe less. I cannot give Girl on Fire anything less than five full stars.
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    Addictive reading

    "I woke up and the world was gone. All was silent, all was black, the darkness so complete that it was as if all the light had been drained from the world." Those are the dramatic opening lines to this book which had me hooked and eating up the pages as if my life depended on it. Mr Parsons writes with grit, authenticity and humanity which I find very addictive and although Max isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, he is a very engaging character that I love getting to know a little more with each outing. I must admit that there were times when I felt reality was ignored for the sake of the story (i.e. missed suspects which, in my opinion, were glaringly obvious) but I just put them to one side and continued to enjoy the ride on Mr Parsons' roller-coaster because, after all, this isn't a true story although the subject matter certainly is unfortunately. Although this can be read as a standalone, I would very much recommend you read the others in the series as this will give more depth and understanding to the main characters and will enhance the whole reading experience. I would highly recommend this series and Tony Parsons as a great British author and would like to thank the publisher, Random House UK, Cornerstone and NetGalley for my copy in return for an impartial review.

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