A chance encounter – in a pub, of course – lands streetwise, cab-driving Angel the ideal job as an all-purpose assistant to a trio of sexy young women running their own fashion business. But things are nowhere near as straightforward as they should be, and it soon becomes apparent that no-one is telling the truth – least of all Angel! Double-cross turns to triple-cross, and Angel finds himself set up by friend and enemy alike. This time, Angel could really have met his match …
This edition, published to celebrate the Angel series’ 25th Anniversary in August 2013, also includes the bonus Angel and Lord Peter Wimsey short story ‘Lord Peter and the Butterboy’, unseen in print since its sole previous publication in 1991.
‘The coppers’ badinage is truly priceless, and, with Angel as a guide, lowlife London has never been a more seductive proposition.’ – Publishers’ Weekly
‘I never read Ripley on trains, planes or buses. He makes me laugh, and it annoys the other passengers.’ – Minette Walters
Another of Telos Publishing’s reissues of celebrated British author Mike Ripley’s series of comic crime novels featuring Fitzroy Maclean Angel.
254pp. A5-format reissue novel.
Published 31 August 2013
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.