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The Murder Bag | [Tony Parsons]

The Murder Bag

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

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.

©2014 Tony Parsons (P)2014 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-28-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2005

    I am a blessed man!

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    "Can a narrator make a good book great?"

    Colin Mace delivers a performance that puts him in a class with Ray Porter, Frank Mueller, Will Patton and Eduardo Ballerini. He hasn't read a lot on audible, but surely this is a breakout performance.

    In the first chapter we are witness to a brutal rape and murder that occurred some 20 years ago. In present day, suddenly men responsible for the crime begin to be murdered one by one. Obviously revenge is the motive, but what makes this novel so easy to enjoy is how the detectives unravel the mystery.

    The characters are well developed and thanks to Colin Mace, we are emotionally drawn into the life of a truly gifted detective.

    This was a great experience.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 08-21-14
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS FOR THIS 1"

    This is by far the best book I have read all year, maybe longer. And I can't say enough about Colin Mace. What a pleasure to listen to. This is one of those books that when you finish you have to digest. You can't go into your library and start another one right up.

    Some one else's review made mention of no real gore or vulgarity, they were correct. The crime scenes were so well written you didn't the gore.

    There was a point when I 'figured out' at least part mystery/crime but then you think you have the whole story and wham there is a twist I did not see coming.

    Love the father/daughter/dog relationship. It's heartwarming.

    And Colin Mace - WOW not sure I have listened to him before but I would seek out others that he has read. The different accents were wonderful, transition flawless, and just his voice-perfect.

    I hope this becomes a series!!!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 06-01-14
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "refreshing"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though the story line was similar to others the characters and writing were so well done it seemed new and fresh. Even with the disturbing subject matter it was never base, vulgar or graphic. The writing allowed the listener/reader to see without being disturbed. First book in a long time I listened to with rapt attention, rewound when I thought I'd missed a nuance... Yes a nuance, it had that...enough said?

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 07-17-14
    Valerie 07-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "An intriguing detective mystery."
    What made the experience of listening to The Murder Bag the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narrator and gripping mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters come to life


    Which character – as performed by Colin Mace – was your favorite?

    Max Wolf


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Max Wolf's ex-wife visits him and their daughter


    Any additional comments?

    A really good listen. The novel captures one's interest and one cannot wait to keep listening

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    WALSALL, United Kingdom
    6/6/14
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    "Should and could have been so much better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Nearly gave up on this about half-way through but I started again and got to like it better second time around. The pity of this book is that there were just too many improbables and glaring holes in what could have been a really good plot and story-line. There were some nice touches of characterisation especially around the lead character BUT equally it got rather too long and drawn out around daughters and dogs in particular!


    Would you recommend The Murder Bag to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not because there are just too many improbables and absolute holes in the story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was not too clever around accents and changing voices. It's quite off-putting that he swallows loudly very frequently but in spite of that I did get to like him more as the book went on.


    Could you see The Murder Bag being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No. Mainly because of the improbabilities!


    Any additional comments?

    Shame. Just a bit more care and less tedium around unimportant issues, this could have been pretty good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    6/2/14
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    "Tense thriller would make great TV"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Murder Bag to be better than the print version?

    The narration is outstanding. If It had been poorly read it would have ruined it for me. This narrated took on the persona of all the characters to perfection.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max Wolfe the main character. I could actually believe he was a real person rather than a character of fiction his part was so well written.


    What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?

    Everything, his performance was stunning. He brought so much to this book I could not put it down.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes definitely


    Any additional comments?

    More please. Unlike the previous review I found this to be a fast paced thriller. I related to the family life of the main character, its what made him human. If you like Michael Robotham's books, narrated by Sean Barrett then you will enjoy this book. Author and narrator have blended well together.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    scunthorpe, United Kingdom
    6/4/14
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    "I LOVED this book!"

    I just loved this book and am at a bit of a loss now it is finished. I was not sure about the narrator when I listened to the preview but ended up really enjoying his rendition. It has everything - blood thirsty murders, sex, violence, suspense and tenderness. Excellent, a bit different and very enjoyable. I look forward to the future episodes if this proves to be a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    6/2/14
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    "Promising but ultimately disappointing"

    I was so looking forward to Tony Parson's first crime novel but was really disappointed with The Murder Bag. I loved Parson's early novels but have found his more recent ones pretty tedious and difficult to engage with so thought a change of genre was a great idea. Parson's writes really well, I liked the main character, Detective Max Wolfe and the story line was promising. However there is just something about this novel that doesn't work , it feels as if Tony Parsons has researched into how to write a crime novel - he's done it well but there is no substance to it. I felt that the pace was too slow, I wanted more characterisation and less boxing and dog scenes. I understand that there will be more in the Max Wolfe series and I will keep listening as I think both Tony Parsons and Max Wolfe could have a future in this genre.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    6/15/14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the crime genre, even to anyone who's a bit hesitant, it was a food plot and I found the characters very well drawn. On top of that it was really well read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder Bag?

    So many it's hard to choose but the grumpy sheep was brilliant.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Again, hard to choose, but probably the scene where Wolf punches the guys taking the mickey out of the lovely Stan.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Don't want to add spoilers so will just say some scenes did make the tears well up!


    Any additional comments?

    As I said in the title I really enjoyed this, the narrator was brilliant I thought, his accents were believable and he portrayed the right amount of emotion. Will look for author and narrator again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    6/11/14
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    "Excellent"
    What did you like most about The Murder Bag?

    Hope this is just the first of Woolf books. Likeable characters, gripping, interesting plot,maintains suspense to the end.


    What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent,intelligent reader - respects the words and doesn't feel that he has to be Olivier, (One of them was more than enough.)Brings the character to life. Perfect voice for main character. Please use him more often


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    london, United Kingdom
    7/20/14
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    "Almost but not quite."

    Most of this book was exciting and captivating and very well narrated. It flows along very nicely until the final hour when it didnt really resolve very well at all - or maybe I was a feeling a bit tired. It was as if Tony parsons suddenly 'lost the plot' All that apart it was a good listen and I am sure it will become a good series over time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cawley
    7/7/14
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to The Murder Bag again? Why?

    So sorry to have finally reached the end of this intriguing and engaging book. Will listen again in a few years' time as it made me smile at times and made me cry. There were times that I had to think for a few minutes about something that was said, as it was a commentary on our times and human condition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Murder Bag?

    Many moments were memorable, mostly because of the human element - such as the comment made by his boss's wife that made him feel as though his family was whole and not broken. The time, at the end, when realisation of the final truth dawned. The scene when his puppy came across fear for the first time. None of these sound amazing, but the big scenes are too revealing to the main story to quote.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There are many good scenes and one of the best is when he joins the murder squad. Tony Parsons has a way of letting you in on what has happened in a roundabout way that becomes quite engaging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Was nearly able to listen in one sitting - on a car trip from Anglesey back to the English South Coast. Made the tedium of clogged motorways a joy!


    Any additional comments?

    Had to listen to the first 2 hours again as wanted my husband to be part of the experience. It wasn't a great hardship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elisa
    Dundee, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "A wee bit obvious but good fun"
    If you’ve listened to books by Tony Parsons before, how does this one compare?

    I have read, not listened to Tony Parsons before and enjoyed his books so I was intrigued to see a mystery novel!


    Do you think The Murder Bag needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I liked the characters more than the plot. The people in this story were better rounded out than the storyline. I enjoyed the scenes with the small dog or wee girl or old man at the boxing ring more than finding out whodunnit. In the end I wouldn't mind reading another one with the characters I had grown to like and maybe the next one will be a bit better on the murder mystery front.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a good job but I could hear him swallowing as he read which irritated me so much I almost stopped listening. In the end I only listened when there was a background noise to drown it out (eg the bus)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    7/2/14
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    "Great"

    This was a compelling read from the start. The introduction to the main character was tremendous detective Max Wolfe takes no prisoners, he does his own thing but gets the job done.
    No messing about straight in with a murder followed with an old style whodunit - a group of rich boys/ suspects start getting murdered and det Wolfe is on the case to unravel the story.
    Excellent narrator and there were parts of this book where I nearly cheered out loud! If you enjoy a real good v bad tale with a real macho hero then here it is. I hope this is the start of a series (much better than the Silk Worm!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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