- 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: 546 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Murder Bag: The thrilling Richard and Judy Book Club pick (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)
"Propulsive ... If The Murder Bag marks the launch of a new crime series, count me in."
"A tense debut crime novel with a dose of dry wit"
"Impressive, page-turning ... Told with conviction and at an ever increasing pace"
"Truly emotive crime-writing is a rarity, and The Murder Bag looks set to win Tony Parsons many new fans in the genre"
"Spectacular! Tense and human, fast and authentic."
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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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!
Yes, Wolfe does seem to drive too posh a car and I never understand how when he’s interfering in/solving ‘other people’s ‘ crimes, or ‘already (incorrectly) solved’ crimes how he has time to do his own work (surely he has other crimes he is assigned to?!) That apart, I was riveted to this from start to finish.. I love his battered but doing-its-best home setup, with Scout and Stan the dog – and the loving/homely parts of pure love spent with his daughter.
As for the grisly crimes, I guessed some of the outcomes, but not all. I loved the twist at the end. I bought a copy that had an additional short story at the end which was also very good. I’m just glad I bought his next book at the same time as this one so I don’t have to hesitate before the next one. Keep them coming Tony!
(PS I’ve just looked at Tony’s Amazon page and HE’S GOT THE DOG, HE’S GOT A STAN!!)
At the end of one chapter it said this, "And I saw they were beyond number. The armies of the poor." No idea what this meant. It's probably a very famous quotation or something but it was lost on me and only served to aggravate in this context, when he was referring to a bunch of cleaners. I noticed he threw in the odd bit of flowery language here and there and I didn't really think it fitted in in this supposed murder mystery tale..
He misused the apostrophe in lover's tiff but that was the only mistake I'd spotted at the 18% juncture where I packed it in.
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