When his old friend Werewolf phones him with a desperate call for help, streetwise chancer Angel has no choice but to respond – and finds himself plunged into another hair-raising adventure! This time he is well out of his comfort zone, travelling first to Guernsey and then to Brittany in France as he attempts to free his friend from the clutches of a gang of would-be drug dealers. Along the way he enlists the aid of Werewolf’s brother Gearoid – a highly unconventional bee-keeping monk – a second-rate heavy metal band, and the mad, bad and definitely dangerous-to-know Lucinda L Luger. Will the cavalry arrive in time to save Werewolf …?
‘The best yet in the Angel canon. Nobody does it like Ripley, quite the deftest hand in comic crime.’ – Literary Review.
‘His writing is faultless … Ripley’s latest is as boisterous and inventive as ever …’ – Time Out.
‘Essential reading.’ – Daily Telegraph.
‘Ripley produces funny lines as often as most people breathe.’ – The Times.
‘Packed with surreal people, canny observations … this book is a joy to behold. Mike Ripley keeps up a breakneck pace, and the wisecracks fly as fast as the bullets.’ – Liverpool Daily Post.
Another of Telos Publishing’s reissues of celebrated British author Mike Ripley’s series of comic crime novels featuring Fitzroy Maclean Angel.
226pp. A5-format paperback novel.
Published 30 April 2012 (Out of Print)
247pp. B-format paperback novel.
Published 22 January 2021
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike Ripley is the author of 19 novels, including the award-winning Angel series of comedy thrillers, a dozen short stories and the non-fiction memoir Surviving A Stroke. He was a scriptwriter on the BBC series Lovejoy and the crime fiction critic for the Daily Telegraph and the Birmingham Post, reviewing more than 950 novels over 18 years. In the 1990s he was the co-editor, with Maxim Jakubowski, of the three Fresh Blood anthologies, showcasing new crime-writing talent such as Ian Rankin, Lee Child, Ken Bruen and Denise Mina. He has appeared at many literary festivals and conventions, developed a creative crime writing course for Cambridge University and devised and produced ‘An Audience With …’ stage shows for Colin Dexter and Minette Walters.
After a 25-year career in journalism and public relations, latterly for The Brewers’ Society, he became an archaeologist specialising in Romano-British sites in East Anglia until he suffered a stroke at the age of 50. He sat on the government’s Stroke Strategy Committee and currently supports both the Stroke Association and the Blood Pressure Association.
He writes the monthly column Getting Away With Murder for Shots Magazine, is part of the obituary writing team at the Guardian, and is the series editor for the imprints Top Notch Thrillers and Ostara Crime. Working with the Margery Allingham Society, he completed the novel left unfinished on the death of Youngman Carter in 1969, which was published in 2014 as Mr Campion’s Farewell. A second ‘continuation’ to feature Allingham’s famous detective, Mr Campion’s Fox, is published in 2015.