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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Quick Reads edition edition (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007449135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007449132
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello - and thanks for checking out my page at Amazon Author Central.

I'm not going to drone on and on - I know you have books to read - but this is the perfect place to tell you a little about me, and something about my new novel - THE MURDER BAG, which will be published in its first edition in May 2014.

THE MURDER BAG is my first crime novel and features the debut of Detective Max Wolfe of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command at London's West End Central - 27 Savile Row.

My first job in journalism was at New Musical Express - there's a shot of me with Bruce Springsteen on this page, when we were young and stepping out into the New York night wearing only our vests - but my first journalism that didn't involve hanging out with rock stars was soon after I left the NME when I was embedded with the Vice Squad at 27 Savile Row, West End Central. The roots of THE MURDER BAG start there.

When I was creating the world of Max Wolfe, I knew that one of the things I wanted to do was give my crime novel an evocative sense of place - like Los Angeles in the novels of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy, or Edinburgh in the Rebus novels by Ian Rankin, or Brighton in the Roy Grace novels of Peter James - and my home city is London.
27 Savile Row felt like an original location - and it had a nice ring to it, like Sherlock Holmes at home strumming the violin in Baker Street. The London of THE MURDER BAG is contemporary London but the past weighs heavily because London is full of ghosts - so it is also the London of Jack the Ripper, the Krays and the Black Museum - which is Room 101 at New Scotland Yard, closed to the public, where the relics of 150 years of terrible crimes are kept to remind policemen that they risk their lives every time they go to work. The Black Museum is important to THE MURDER BAG and crucial to my detective - the Black Museum is where Max Wolfe goes to seek wisdom and guidance from a man who is to become his greatest ally. But I don't want to spoil the book...

I have loved crime fiction all my life and I know that the very best of it honours the form while adding something fresh, an unexpected twist. That's what I tried to do with THE MURDER BAG at every step of the way.

With the murderer. With his crimes. With the weapon. With the location. With The Black Museum. And most of all, with my detective - a single parent, an amateur boxer, a coffee-addicted insomniac who is a good man but who wants to be better.

Max feels very real to me, and I think that's why the book has been supported by some of the greatest thriller and crime writers in the world. If you will forgive me for a solo on my own trumpet for a second - the great Lee Child said of THE MURDER BAG: "Spectacular! Tense but human, fast but authentic - maybe this is what Tony Parsons should have been doing all along." I wanted to create a serial hero - one of those mythic characters like Sherlock Holmes or Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe or Harry Hole - so to get the nod from Lee Child is great, because nobody has created a more brilliant serial hero in recent years than Lee Child with his Jack Reacher.

A bit about me. I always knew that I would write. I knew that nothing would stop me. I always loved stories, I always found that books engaged me like nothing else, and helped me to make sense of the world.
I left school at 16, did a number of low paid unskilled jobs, and I was working on the night shift in Gordon's Gin Distillery in Islington when I was offered my first job in journalism on New Musical Express. Since then I have had my lean years as well as my good years - careers are never linear, you have to expect set-backs along the way - but I have become an award winning journalist and bestselling novelist, and my books have been published in over 40 languages, most recently Vietnamese. My semi-autobiographical novel, MAN AND BOY, won of the Book of the Year prize.
Other novels that did pretty good include ONE FOR MY BABY, MAN AND WIFE, MEN FROM THE BOYS, MY FAVOURITE WIFE and CATCHING THE SUN. Julia Roberts liked my novel THE FAMILY WAY so much that she bought the film rights. I also wrote a novel about my wild years at the NME, called STORIES WE COULD TELL, which all takes place the night that Elvis died.

But the next few years are all about Detective Max Wolfe for me. THE MURDER BAG is the first of a trilogy of crime novels featuring Max and his world - his 5-year-old daughter Scout, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Black Museum and 27 Savile Row and the Max Wolfe lair - their home is a big loft that overlooks Smithfield meat market. I am currently working on the second Max Wolfe book, THE SLAUGHTER MAN, which will appear in 2015. The third Max Wolfe book will be published in 2016. I have the title and the plot but I will keep it under my hat for now.

I live in London with my wife, our daughter and our dog Stan - who has provided the model for Max Wolfe's fictional dog, also called Stan, funny enough, and who will now only speak to me through his lawyers.

I really hope that you like THE MURDER BAG. Thanks again for checking out this page, and for sticking with it to the end. Love and luck. Tony Parsons.


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Praise for his novels:

‘Funny and touching’ Woman and Home

'From the author of Man and Boy comes this honest and funny story of a man whose life is transformed when he's given a 19-year-old's heart' Heat

'Tony Parsons is the master of the bittersweet love story' Red

'Parsons has created a much bigger and more compelling book. It's a major achievement' Mirror

‘Funny, serious, tender and honest…Tony Parsons is writing about the genuine dilemmas of modern life’ Sunday Express

‘He takes as his specialist subject contemporary emotional issues which almost every other male writer has ignored’ Guardian

‘Memorable and poignant – nobody squeezes more genuine emotion from a scene than Tony Parsons’ Spectator

About the Author

Tony Parsons is the author of Man and Boy , winner of the Book of the Year prize. His subsequent novels – One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell and My Favourite Wife – were all bestsellers. He lives in London.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn M on 25 Feb. 2012
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My Book Club randomly selected this book for our meeting on World Book Day and it was an excellent choice. It is a brilliant book, very short but with so much packed into very few pages, it really does not feel like a quick read. I read the book in an hour but it will stay with me for much longer. It is such an interesting story, a fictionous account of what happened to the mutinous sailors from the Bounty whilst on Pitcain Island, and there is a surprising twist at the end. The book has inspired me to find out more about this historic event. I have read several of Tony Parson's books and this is my favourite, however I have to say that it reminded me in many ways of Lord of the Flies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2012
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Beyond the Bounty is a short fictional story about the mutineers that landed on Pitcairn Island, after the crew overthrew Captain Bligh from the Royal Navy ship, HMS Bounty.
Prior to reading this book I knew very little about this famous part of naval history. This story, along with a bit of research has enlightened me no end.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it interesting and entertaining, and I really only gave it a go because it was a Quick Read. I thought the subject would not really interest me and was pleasantly surprised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ja McLaughlin on 12 Mar. 2013
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Quick read all right! I never got beyond page 3. Pretty obvious that Parsons' 'historical' context for this is the 1962 Marlon Brando movie, beginning with a blonde Christian dying on a beach after attempting to save the burning Bounty. To say this movie veered from the facts would be an understatement. There have been so many accurate histories of this famous mutiny in recent times its hard to believe Parsons didn't acquaint himself with at least one of them. Even the Mel Gibson movie would have been a better reference point.

I've no idea what the rest of the story is like. Maybe it's a masterpiece!
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I like Tony Parsons and this little novella is a bit of a departure. It's a bit of faction, taking us back to the mutineers who didn't settle on Tahiti but moved on to Pitcairn to escape detection by His Majesty's search fleets. With Fletcher Christian dying on the burning Bounty the group have lost a leader and the power struggles which ensue are neatly imagined. It's a likeable creation from TP but not very substantial.
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By H. Hewett on 23 Jun. 2014
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have liked some of Tony Parsons books but not this one. Could not even get past the 2nd chapter before I gave up.
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