Streetwise chancer Fitzroy Maclean Angel’s fashion-designer wife Amy gets him involved in her latest project – working on a big-budget movie being filmed at Pinewood. With his unerring knack of running into trouble, Angel discovers that the mishaps dogging the production are anything but accidental. And the devastatingly handsome star seems especially at risk, from two separate groups of fanatical fans, including his very own internet stalker. Angel is tasked with keeping the star out of harm’s way – and, having incurred the wrath of a vicious Chinese tong member, that isn’t going to be easy …
Telos Publishing is proud to present another in its range of reissues of Mike Ripley’s acclaimed series of comic crime novels – complete with a new, specially-written introduction by the author.
This edition also includes the bonus short story ‘Angel Eyes’, unseen in print since its sole previous publication in 1999.
‘Mayhem blends with gentle satire as the jokes and one-liners cascade among stalkers, internet villains and the obligatory femmes fatales. Farce of the highest calibre.’ – Guardian.
‘High comedy quotient, splendid scams … but [don’t] fail to notice what a seriously good writer Ripley is.’ – The Literary Review.
355pp. B-format paperback novel.
Published 31 July 2014
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.