Walker pre-empts on Parsons crime

Walker pre-empts on Parsons crime

Century and Arrow publisher Selina Walker has bought three crime novels from author and journalist Tony Parsons.

Walker bought UK and Commonwealth rights in a pre-empt, made within 24 hours of receiving the manuscript, from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown.

The first novel, titled The Murder Bag, kicks off a crime series featuring detective and single parent Max Wolfe. In The Murder Bag, Wolfe - father to a five-year-old girl - is called in to investigate a nasty killing which leads him from the backstreets of London's West End to the corridors of power in Westminster.

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."

Parsons said the development felt "like the start of a great adventure", saying: "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."