Angel City

Angel City

by Mike Ripley
     
 

London in the early 1990s; supposedly the New Age 'Caring Nineties'. But the streets, are not paved with gold, but covered with homeless living in sleeping-bags and cardboard boxes, and often littered with a far more dangerous form of flotsam. For, Angel, the city divides into several layers of underworld and sub-cultures: callous crime and corruption, the growing…  See more details below

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London in the early 1990s; supposedly the New Age 'Caring Nineties'. But the streets, are not paved with gold, but covered with homeless living in sleeping-bags and cardboard boxes, and often littered with a far more dangerous form of flotsam. For, Angel, the city divides into several layers of underworld and sub-cultures: callous crime and corruption, the growing drug culture and the seedier side of the gay scene, the young and homeless. But most serious of all is that Angel is down on his luck and flat broke. The situation is critical. So critical, he might even have to get a job...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Returning from Angels in Arms (1992), Fitzroy McLean Angel drives a reconditioned cab in London as a messenger, cracking wise and struggling to make ends meet. Here he accepts the job offer of a flamboyant young homeless man named Tigger to help move mysterious packages by night. Angel, happy to pocket the tax-free income, wonders why his new partner remains on the streets and posts off his payments elsewhere. When Tigger vanishes, their employer offers Angel even more hard cash to find him. Angel wanders deep into the cold world of the city's homeless, talking to lost souls and encountering an occasional angel of mercy. Ripley breaks too frequently-and lengthily-from his plot to reach for laughs (e.g., an extended, very funny bit about a bar on gay karaoke night) to sustain his readers' interest in the narrative, despite the inherent appeal of most of his characters and the cleverness of his humor. The puzzle's payoff is adequate, but like many of the punch lines, it takes too long to get there. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312117429
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/06/1995
Series:
Fitzroy Maclean Angel Series
Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Pages:
192

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