Reviewed by Andrée Walch
I started reading The Murder Bag on Saturday, early afternoon, just before I wanted to start ironing a mountain of stuff. Well, the mountain of stuff is still there but I finished reading the book on Sunday evening at 21h30! I simply could not put the book down. I was hooked right from the beginning.
Tony Parsons introduces a new detective, DC Max Wolfe. He is good detective at what he does, he can be obstinate when he is convinced that he is right. And he is right often. I like that fact, and the fact that he is no superman. Okay, he is smart, spars in a sport club, but he is also vulnerable and human.
Max is a single parent with a 5 year-old daughter, Scout, who is the most important person in his life. They live in a big loft and he drives a BMW. That is a new one; normally detectives are described as having financial problems or just getting by. Then there is the King Charles Spaniel, Stan. Hmm, a tall guy like that with a mini dog… but okay, Stan is his daughter’s dog. You really get the impressions that Tony Parsons loves mini dogs, there is another one appearing in The Murder Bag. Not exactly my cup of tea but this is a minor aspect as well as my personal opinion and it does not lessen the pleasure of reading the story.
Max was a surveillance officer in Counter Terrorism Command before he changed to Homicide. His first case is the gruesome murder of a banker who is found in his office, his neck nearly sliced through. And the next murder is a drug addict who is found with his neck cut in the exact same way as the banker. Is there a serial killer in London? Who will be the next victim?
This is all I am going to say because I do not want to spoil the suspense. You are kept wondering nearly till the very end who has done what in this book.
The Murder Bag is well written, interesting and really gripping. As soon as I started I was hooked and I admit that I am already impatient to read the second book with DC Max Wolfe. I am wondering how Tony Parsons will develop him in the next books.
I really recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good and well-written thriller.
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