The Weapon

The Weapon

‘But why take out the family?’ Wren said. ‘Nils Gatling wanted to shut his sister up. Why kill the husband and the children? Why abduct the little boy?’ ‘Making it look like a spree kill was part of the blind,’ I said. ‘And so was the cattle gun. What kind of nutter uses a cattle gun for mass murder? Somebody who’s done it before.’ I thought of what John Caine had told me in the Black Museum. ‘You kill with what you know. And it was a good blind – the Slaughter Man looked perfect for this – especially after Mary Wood gave him a glass of lemonade and a smile and he started collecting her pictures

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Tony on Tony

Tony on Tony

A bit about me. I always knew that I would write. I knew that nothing would stop me. I always loved stories, I always found that books engaged me like nothing else, and helped me to make sense of the world.

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Tony on Max

I have loved crime fiction my whole life and I know that the very best of it honours the form while adding something fresh, an unexpected twist. That's what I tried to do with The Murder Bag every step of the way.

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Tony on London

Tony on London

My first job in journalism was at New Musical Express (that's a shot of me with Bruce Springsteen above, when we were young and stepping out into the New York night wearing only our vests) but my first piece of journalism that didn't involve hanging out with rock stars, was soon after I left the NME, when I was embedded with the Vice Squad at 27 Savile Row, West End Central.

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Tony on 6 Music

Tony on 6 Music

Journalist and writer Tony Parsons joins Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie on their 6 Music show to chat about on his first crime novel.

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Tony on BBC Breakfast

Tony on BBC Breakfast

The Murder Bag is out today, and to celebrate Tony has been interviewed on BBC Breakfast. The early start had a bit of an effect though…

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Tony Q&A in GQ

Find out how Tony Parsons found the experience of writing The Murder Bag in this exclusive Q&A with GQ magazine.

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