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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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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 08-21-14
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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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!!!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-28-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2015

    Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!

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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.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 11-03-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 11-03-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Great Start to a new Trilogy"

    After finishing this audio book, I checked out this author and found out this is the start of a trilogy. My first thought was -- "only 2 more books with Max Wolfe!" I can honestly say I will be grieving halfway through the 3rd book if this character's story ends. I imagine by that time Tony Parsons will be selling lots of books and his editor will be thinking up ways to continue the story with DC Wolfe, his young daughter and their dog.

    I don't know this author but he must have a strong writing background. I particularly loved how there were violent, heart-beating scenes, but no goriness. The author's knowledge of police procedure and his strong plotting of the story was a delight to me. I didn't want to stop listening as I drove closer to my home. I thought up errands in order to continue my drive and the listen. Colin Mace is a wonderful narrator -- top notch!

    Even if you think you have it figured out, you will still want to hear every word. Especially since a twist is awaiting you in the end. Loved it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Galadriel 09-15-14
    Galadriel 09-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent"
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    Really well written page turner. Left me wanting more. I would love to read a series featuring the lead character. A credit well spent!

    5 of 5 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 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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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?

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    KIM 09-05-14
    KIM 09-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I could not put this book down"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a great listen. I really could not stop listening. The story was good and the narrating was outstanding. I did not want it to end and can't wait for the next one. I tell everyone about it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Every time I thought I new who did it I was wrong.


    What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?

    Colin was absolutely marvelous. What a story teller.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book and guaranteed to listen to it again. Get busy on the next one. I'll be the first in line.

    3 of 3 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

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Regan New York 01-11-15
    Gary Regan New York 01-11-15 Member Since 2014

    With Lotsa Love from gaz regn

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    "Fabulous Writing and Performance"
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    This book is so well written, and the narrator is first-class, too. It's a classic murder mystery with a lead character who is so true-to-life, and he's someone that you quickly come to understand. I'll be reading more of Tony Parsons' books, that's for sure

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 09-27-14
    Donna 09-27-14
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    "Well done."

    I have one little quibble with the whodunit but I'll have to keep it to myself to avoid a spoiler and it is a small mark against a book that is so well written. Very good plot, characters and flow.

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    David 03-08-15
    David 03-08-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great mystery"

    Recommended as a great mystery and really good story line. Good pace. Kept to the story line. Believable detective. All fits together.

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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.

    5 of 5 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.

    5 of 5 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
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • K. Bridges
    UK
    5/17/15
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    "A typical crime thriller"
    Would you try another book written by Tony Parsons or narrated by Colin Mace?

    I would read another Tony Parsons book but I didn't really like Colin Mace as a voice performer


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was rather predictable and the violence was very graphic


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Colin Mace?

    No, I didn't think he was able to perform many different characters very well and he kept swallowing really loudly


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

    I expect so - it's a typical Jason Statham/Vinnie Jones sort of character.


    Any additional comments?

    It was reasonably enjoyable, but I think I would have preferred to read the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Godalming, United Kingdom
    5/7/15
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    "Good story line, & an interesting plot"

    Kept me interested from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend it. Managed to forget that the narrator reminded me of Ross Kempston after a while!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chillilover
    Staffordshire, England
    4/18/15
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    "Interesting"

    This was a good accompaniment to my fitness walks. Well narrated by Colin Mace. I'll certainly try another book in this series by Tony Parsons.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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