Fred

Fred is an old ally and mentor of Max (for old friends don’t call each other by their surname) who, despite the ferocity and speed of his punching, is much more than just a fighter. Composed in the face of aggression and wise in the ways of the world, Fred enables Max to keep going, even when the weight of the murders and the world start to feel too much.

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Chapter 4

27 Savile Row is a modern block of offices with one of those ancient blue police lamps outside -the kind of blue lamp that makes you think of Sherlock Holmes hunting Jack the Ripper through the London fog. But although Savile Row is famous for two things, West End Central isn't one of them.

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Wren

Nerves of steel and hair of red. 25-years-old. Small of stature and totally fearless. Physically reckless and digitally very well connected. Quick with her wits and good around computers, especially the social media sites that baffle older members of the Met.

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West End Central

West End Central

Savile Row is a street in Mayfair principally known for its traditional bespoke tailoring for men. It was built between 1731 and 1735, with the original name of Savile Street.

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Bar Italia

Bar Italia

First opened in 1949 by Lou and Caterina Polledri, Bar Italia is a family run business that has been passed on through three generations.

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Smithfield Market

Smithfield Market

Smithfield is an area in the City of London where you'll find St Bartholemew’s Hospital, the London Charterhouse, the Livery Hall of the Butchers’ Hall and the Haberdashers’ Hall.

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Elsa

A favourite of Mallory’s, Elsa provides the expertise on the unusual nature of the deaths. Wolfe first encounters her at the Iain West Forensic Suite as she guides them over the two corpses on the cold steel table. She is candid and refuses to speculate, conducting herself with the grace of a dinner hostess, and quickly endears herself to Wolfe providing him with another important ally in the course of his investigation.

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Second Front Shop

Second Front Shop

Beginning in the Roman era, various fighting blades have become known classics that are always linked to the fighting force who used them. In recent times, no blade is a better example of this fame than the Fairbairn-Sykes dagger. Shanghai knife-fighting experiments were the inspiration for the blade, created especially for Commando soldiers during World War II, and it continues to embody elite military units worldwide.

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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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Smithfield ABC

Smithfield ABC

There was a sign at Fred's, and as the gym emptied near closing time I stood up looking at it. It was placed between a posed black and white photograph of Sonny Liston and a picture of a dozen Cuban kids sparring in a ring with ropes like snapped elastic.

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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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