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The Murder Bag (DC Max Wolfe) Hardcover – 8 May 2014

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  • 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)
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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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Frankly,to amass this number of five star reviews, Parsons must have friends and relatives to burn.
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!
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I was glued to this book from the moment I started reading. Tony Parsons has an easy-going writing style that you just flow along with effortlessly, even when the tension racks up. From the opening pages, the terror, shock, and misplaced hope make you desperate to see the perps brought to justice.

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!
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I liked this. Parsons has given his detective, DC Max Wolfe, plenty to play with in future books and I liked the story, even if it did start off better than it eventually delivered. Some bits were somewhat convoluted and too many people were involved in the outcome, but a really promising start to a new detective series and I will definitely be looking out for the next one.

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!
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This is a good long read in which old crime leads to revenge years later. Max the main character is likeable and has a lovely relationship with his daughter and his dog. Although this book has had mixed reviews and is perhaps a bit formulaic, I enjoyed it
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Tony Parsons just hasn't got what it takes for this genre. Also his facts are not always correct, as in what happens at a Crematorium. Also since when would a Detective Constable work a case alone, without a Partner? Constables are barely more than tea boys!
Sorry he should stick to being a journalist.
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Four and a half stars for this very engaging murder story and for the main characters- the police, their families and life outwith the force. I bought the second book in the series as soon as I finished this one and, so far, it is just as entertaining. Highly recommended!
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I was in two minds about this book. Whilst It was well written, with interesting, very well drawn out and original characters, the plot line was a bit of a let down, in my opinion, as the twists were obvious and predictable. That said, I'd probably read the next one in the series, as I liked the protagonist and Tony Parson's writing style.
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I've read Parsons' Man and Boy etc, but hadn't read any of his crime novels. This had me gripped from the beginning and I will now continue to read them all. Loved this book,I really felt I could relate to Wolfe and thoroughly enjoyed going from a ruthless nasty murder to putting his daughter to bed! Good stuff!!
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