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
"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)
I am a blessed man!
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.
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!!!
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
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?
Excellent narrator and gripping mystery
The characters come to life
When Max Wolf's ex-wife visits him and their daughter
A really good listen. The novel captures one's interest and one cannot wait to keep listening
"Should and could have been so much better"
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!
Probably not because there are just too many improbables and absolute holes in the story.
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.
No. Mainly because of the improbabilities!
Shame. Just a bit more care and less tedium around unimportant issues, this could have been pretty good.
"Tense thriller would make great TV"
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.
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.
Everything, his performance was stunning. He brought so much to this book I could not put it down.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this"
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.
So many it's hard to choose but the grumpy sheep was brilliant.
Again, hard to choose, but probably the scene where Wolf punches the guys taking the mickey out of the lovely Stan.
Don't want to add spoilers so will just say some scenes did make the tears well up!
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.
Hope this is just the first of Woolf books. Likeable characters, gripping, interesting plot,maintains suspense to the end.
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
"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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
"A wee bit obvious but good fun"
I have read, not listened to Tony Parsons before and enjoyed his books so I was intrigued to see a mystery novel!
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.
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)!
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!)
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