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The Murder Bag Hardcover – 8 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Century (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780892330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780892337
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello again. Tony Parsons here. Thanks for checking out my home page on lovely Amazon.

THE SLAUGHTER MAN is the second book in the Max Wolfe series.
In the book Max is on the trail of a mass murderer who killed a happy family in their home and stole away their young son. Because of the murder weapon - a cattle gun used for stunning livestock before slaughter - the murder has echoes of another killing spree from thirty years ago, when a disturbed young man killed a farmer and his three sons with the same weapon. The press called him THE SLAUGHTER MAN. But all that was a long time ago - The Slaughter man has done his time and is now old and dying. Is someone trying to set him up? Is it a sick homage by some demented fan? Or is The Slaughter Man back in the killing game? Max needs to find the killer and bring home the missing child - before the killer strikes again or finds his way to the happy home of Max Wolfe.

I am often asked - why did you turn to crime? The answer is that in 2010 I was at a film screening in Soho organised by the director Sam Mendes. Over a glass of cheap wine, Sam told me that his next job was directing the new James Bond movie (the film would of course become the wonderful SKYFALL) and he was rereading all the Ian Fleming 007 books, which he had loved as a child. I thought rereading the Bond books sounded a wonderful way to spend the time and I went home and started working my way through the James Bond books. And by the time I was at the end of the first page of Casino Royale, I was reflecting that it is an incredible achievement for any writer to create a hero that endures for generations - be it James Bond, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, Philip Marlowe, or Jack Reacher. And I knew that i wanted to try to achieve the same thing. The result was Max Wolfe. I very much hope that you will join him on his adventures.



Tony Parsons.

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"Propulsive ... If The Murder Bag marks the launch of a new crime series, count me in." (The Times)

"A tense debut crime novel with a dose of dry wit" (Daily Express)

"Impressive, page-turning ... Told with conviction and at an ever increasing pace" (Daily Mail)

"Truly emotive crime-writing is a rarity, and The Murder Bag looks set to win Tony Parsons many new fans in the genre" (GQ)

"Spectacular! Tense and human, fast and authentic." (Lee Child)

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The gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jake on 17 April 2015
Format: Paperback
The plot is (quite) interesting. It's set up with that genre staple of the 'prologue in which a crime occurs but no characters are named to allow for mystery later', but although cliched this does create some intrigue and a desire to find out what is going on. Arguably the prologue gives a little too much away since it makes the killer's motive blindingly obvious to the reader (but not the characters, of course) and it also makes the small plot twist at the end incredibly predictable, but again only to the reader who has information that Max Wolfe does not. Things sag a bit in the first third with an unecessarily protracted hunt for a knife which seems little more than an excuse for the author to reveal that he has once visited the Black Museum, but there's certainly no shortage of action if you're prepared to switch your brain off a bit and if (like the author, I suspect) you have no real experience of how murder investigations work.
This lack believability is a serious problem to be honest. Whether it's the anti-terrorist operation that hinges on a choice between 'shoot him in the head with a sniper' or 'let him go', the PC with six years on the job who doesn't understand the rank of a Detective Constable, the head of a murder investigation who goes on a jolly to the black museum because that is apparently the best way to work out what kind of a weapon caused certain injuries, or any of a number of other inaccuracies; they jar and detract from the plot and the credibility of the author.

The nature of the plot allows for a rich cast of characters, and some of the gang of victims have the potential to be relatively interesting.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By tpryan on 21 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
It's been a while since I've read anything by Tony Parsons. Loved Man and Boy And One for my Baby but then found the subsequent books became repetitive,cloying and just versions of the same story even if there was always that smart turn of phrase or cultural reference that Parsons does better than most - not too surprising for a guy who was at the hippest end of the NME school of journalism.

This is completely different. It's a shift to crime genre and Parsons does this well. For a first foray into the genre he brings something genuinely new. There are references to police work, procedures and premises that are different to other books. And the lead character is of course a flawed copper. But again Parsons does this a bit differently by casting Max as a male single parent.

This all adds to the book and there are quite a few twists along the way. You kind of work out where it's going but it's still entertaining and gripping enough. The final twist is a master stroke. I did find the cover of the book a bit less than its' contents: the strap line 'do some people deserve to die' is neither particularly compelling nor a theme - thankfully - that's much pursued in the book. And 'cutting the throats of the rich and powerful' is misleading too: these aren't random killings and the second victim is living on the streets. Another example of the story being rather better than the blurb.

The last page tells us Max will be back in 2015. That's good news as this has the makings of a genuinely different addition to the London crime scene genre.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Hill on 29 May 2014
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I finished it, but only just. And the much-touted twist at the end? What was the point? Is Max going to do anything about it?

The body count is high, but several of the deaths are fairly pointless (especially the guy who commits suicide. Twice.) The major motivating factor behind the murders is, by this point, a total cliche.

The bait and switch with the wife irritated me and, again, what was the point? Was it an attempt to make Max more interesting? Max attends several funerals, which are an excellent excuse for larding the book with vast chunks of prose from rather better writers. And the Peggy Sue wish fulfilment with the character Max ends up with? Ugh.

In the end, I didn't care about any of the characters and the plot wasn't interesting enough to make up for that.

But the most irritating factor was Max's car - he has a BMW X5, you know. Well, if you didn't after the first time it's mentioned, you soon will. "I lowered the window of the X5", "My X5 was parked further down the street", "I picked up the keys for my X5", and so on and on and on. By the end, I was convinced that BMW were sponsoring the book. Was it really not possible just to say, "I got into my car"? Just once? Please?
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I bought the book because it was written by Tony Parsons and wish I had not . Managed to get through most of it befor I gave it up as a bad job . Poorly written unbelievable characters and a story line that was totally daft .what happened Tony ?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Hunter on 10 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Tony Parsons can be a very effective writer, but not here.

Clearly Parsons has decided to get in on the police franchise act, stepping onto the kind of territory in which we might find Mo Hayder or Peter James.

The trouble is, in doing so, Parsons leaves no cliche unturned: troubled cop with authority issues, check; tabloid journalist who is willing to be used as human bait, check; loner pretending to be a serial killer and the police falling for it, check and so on.

Also, Parsons does like to over tell the reader various facts. Our hero drives a BMW X5 and we are reminded of this every time he parks his car, for example. His description of the Palace of Westminster is like something out of a primary school textbook.

The Murder Bag will probably be a bestseller. It doesn't deserve to be.
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