Review + Giveaway of The Murder Bag: Max Wolfe #1 – Tony Parsons

Posted: March 30, 2014 in giveaway, Review, thriller

the murder bag

Detective Max Wolfe has just been assigned to the Homicide division of London’s police force and assigned to a gruesome yet puzzling homicide. The victim, a rich, privileged banker, has had his throat skilfully slit open and there are no fingerprints or glove prints left by the killer at the scene. The homicide team are searching for leads when another body is found with its throat expertly slit, this time a homeless, heroin addict. Max discovers how they were connected – part of a group of rich, privileged students at an exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now the rest of the group is terrified, someone is killing them one by one.

There’s a person on the internet claiming responsibility – Bob the Butcher – and he’s gaining a lot of admirers for slaughtering the elite. Max isn’t convinced he’s the killer though, as the team trawl through the murky corners of the internet to track him down. Meanwhile the killer lurks in the shadows, waiting to finish the job of gaining vengeance on the group.

Wow! I couldn’t put this book down, finishing it in a day at the expense of my study. A very clever plot, I saw some things coming while others surprised me. The story unfold at a quick pace, though never feeling rushed. The characters are very real and likeable, with Max sharing just enough of his home life you can see he’s flawed but does his best. I wasn’t thrilled with the ending and felt for the serial killer – but draw your own conclusions.

I was hooked from the first page and am looking forward to reading more of Max Wolfe’s adventures. A thrilling read I highly recommend.

Supplied by Random House New Zealand
Reviewed by Jan

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