- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Century; 1st edition (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 (495 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Murder Bag (DC Max Wolfe) Hardcover – 8 May 2014
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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)
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.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
The Murder Bag is a big piece of nonsense that joins the lower ranks of the police procedural by numbers.
The central character is completely unbelievable - a DC driving a BMW X5 with a central London loft apartment - give me a break.
Furthermore the plot is weak and the whole thing is badly written.
This genre is now so crowded that you have to be truly new, different and better to break through. What we have here is old, the same and worse.
Buy J.K.Rowling's new series or Stuart Neville. Don't waste your time on this. Life is too short!
A privileged ex-public schoolboy (now Banker) is found in his office with his throat cut. Next a homeless ex drug addict is killed in this same very specific and grisly manner. Enter DC Tom Wolfe, an impulsive but very determined detective who is not afraid to ignore the rules where he needs to, to solve the crime.
There are many despicable characters in this – quite a few of whom you can’t help feeling get their just desserts. People protect each other, lie and deceive, some through fear, some because they are ar*eholes. You guess early on that this is some sort of revenge action. (No spoilers here, though).
I liked the trips Wolfe takes to the Imperial War Museum where he has a contact (via Mallory his boss), who has a wealth of weapons info. I also like the parts about the Black Museum (renamed) but wondered how crowded it would be if many DCs went there when problem solving! Interesting though – it’s one of those mystery places one wonders about without wanting to actually visit, and so I loved the descriptions. (I’m betting Tony Parsons has the same feeling of wonder about it!)
The police team of Mallory, DIs Gane and Whitestone and later Edie Wren are superb, all working together, plus the lowly Billy Greene – I hope he’ll pop up in later stories. I genuinely cared for these guys!Read more ›
A couple of niggles - obviously Max was going to end up with one of the women in the book - why that one? Doesn't ring true. And he needs to change his daughter's name - Scout - for heaven's sake! (Apologies to any Scouts out there, though I suspect they're all male and wearing khaki uniforms!) And get a garden for that dog quick!!
But a good read all in all and it certainly passed the time while waiting for the new Tom Thorne (still the master!) to arrive!
Sorry he should stick to being a journalist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great page turner. Someone who obviously has a good insight into Police procedure but doesn't slow it down by overdoing that side of things.Published 20 days ago by G. Williams
Fabulous and exciting start ..... which wasn't sustained beyond the first chapter unfortunately. It won't stop me reading more from this author in the hope that he gets better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janey
This is a well written tale with a powerful cast of characters. I found the mystery predictable but the momentum and skill of the characterisation kept me reading and reaching for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by fellhog
Having read parsons earlier book I knew this would be a departure....it was too much of a jump for me, too many characters made it difficult to followPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Once again absolutely gripping material. This author is genius.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer