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Tony Parsons turns to crime!

We’re thrilled by the announcement today that Tony Parsons, author of Man and Boy, is turning to a life of crime! Century and Arrow Publisher, Selina Walker, has acquired three crime novels by the author – the first of which will be published next year by Century.

The Murder Bag is the first novel in a new crime series featuring Detective Max Wolfe. Wolfe is a devoted single parent, defender of the weak, and every murderer’s worst nightmare. Called in to investigate a particularly nasty killing, he follows a bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of London’s West End to the corridors of power in Westminster, discovering in the process a horrific secret that has been buried for two decades – and is now ready to explode.

Selina Walker said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Tony’s writing since reading Man and Boy so it was a particular thrill when we were sent his first crime novel. And what a book it is, with a series of graphic murders, a really atmospheric setting, lots of wonderful details about London’s secret history and a hugely appealing hero in Max Wolfe. It is no exaggeration to say that to meet Max is to fall in love with both him and Scout, his five-year-old daughter. This is absolutely my sort of book, and I could not be more excited to be publishing Tony and to be introducing him into the world of crime.”

Tony Parsons said: “This feels like the start of a great adventure. The enthusiasm of Selina Walker and the entire team at Random House for The Murder Bag is exactly what every writer dreams of finding. I am excited, happy and proud. The Murder Bag is a high-octane thriller with a big heart that I hope will appeal to all my readers – both old and new. I look forward to turning to crime with Random House.”

Tony is the author of Man and Boy, winner of the Book of the Year Prize. His subsequent novels – One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell and My Favourite Wife – were all bestsellers.

The Murder Bag will be published next May in hardback. We’ll keep you posted with any up-to-the-minute news on this exciting new book.


    I’d like to read it, sound’s interesting.

    Looking forward to it. Been reading Tonys stuff ever since his young days (and mie) on the NME. In particular, I believe he wrote an incredibly stunning review of Springsteen, which I can still vaguely remember.

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