London in the late 1980s - the era of Thatcherism and Loadsamoney - is an exciting but sometimes dangerous place to live. Fitzroy Maclean Angel gets by partly through gigging as a jazz trumpet player, partly through taking illegal fares in his de-registered black taxi cab, and partly through ... well, just being in the right place at the right time. And, as he often says himself, it's better to be lucky than good.
In Just Another Angel, his debut escapade, the streetsmart Angel meets a beautiful and enigmatic blonde - and that's just the start of his troubles. Hotly pursued by a jail-bird gangster and his thuggish henchman, a maverick cop bent on revenge, and a dogged Inland Revenue inspector, he finds his life becoming more complicated by the minute. And just how an emerald pendant, a women's peace camp and a wad of French francs fit into the picture, he can hardly imagine ...
Telos Publishing is proud to reissue this wryly comic first novel by Mike Ripley - one of the acknowledged masters of contemporary British crime fiction - in a collectable new edition with a specially-written author's introduction.
'Mike Ripley is one of the best things to have happened to
British crime fiction in years.' Birmingham Post
'Slangy but educated Angel ... could become a habit.' Sunday Times
|Publisher:||Telos Publishing Ltd|
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About the Author
Mike Ripley is the author of 16 novels, including the Angel series which have twice won the Crime Writers' Last Laugh Award for comedy. He was the co-editor of the legendary Fresh Blood anthologies, a scriptwriter for BBC TVs Lovejoy and served as the Daily Telegraph's crime fiction critic for ten years. He currently writes a monthly crime column for the Birmingham Post. He helped launch the 2007 Essex Book Festival with crime writer P.D. James and hosted a sell-out "evening with Morse and Lewis" with his old friend Colin Dexter at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. He has been appointed a Tutor at Cambridge University's institute of continuing education to teach a course in creative writing and crime fiction.