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Where Angel Fears To Tread is a fast-paced thriller set in Brisbane, in the genre known as Brisbane Noir. Angel is not your average hit man. He has a deep understanding of literature, classical music and fine art. Some people take drugs, go shopping or get super fit. Angel reads books, studies the paintings of old masters, listens to fine music and kills people. After 20 s ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by https://www.h-a-r-p-o.com.au
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Frank Angel has twenty-two crosses tattooed on his upper arm, one for each person he has killed. Between kills, he lives in Brisbane, in a Highgate Hill penthouse, listening to Bach, looking at the paintings on his walls, reading the books in his library. A one-night stand with an art gallery attendant becomes a full-blown catastrophe when he tells her everything about his criminal life except the most important part — he kills people. Where Angel Fears To Tread is the debut novel by Robert Perr ...more
“Where Angel Fears to Tread” is certainly an enjoyable, fast-paced thriller. But it’s so much more. The plot ties together extremely well and the writing style encourages the reader’s engagement with the characters. Issues of political power, corruption, murder and the profound impacts of inter-generational family violence are skillfully woven together with the human capacity for kindness, healing and moral choices. Angel’s story highlights how the most extraordinary contradictions can exist in ...more
The author crafted Frank Angel as reflective and likeable - possibly not so for those he dispatches with cool efficiency. He is protective of the vulnerable, tender in love but intolerant of cruelty and injustice. There is thus an enticing bitter-sweet resonance for those of us who, though brought up to embrace peace at all costs, harbour an inner assassin. Unlike Frank, we'll hopefully sit quietly on these inclinations. With his above-mentioned attributes, Frank is positioned in a world of inst ...more
Perrier's novel is a riveting read from the start. The journey with hitman Frank Angel takes us through the dark, and senseless, world of the underworld, through to a light and sensitive world in Angel's appreciation of culture and the fine arts. Angel's protection of the child, Christian - was there a message in there? cast further contrast over Angel's murky life. Despite his work, Frank Angel evoked a kind-hearted character whom the reader could engage with and care about. The geographical se ...more
Robert Perrier's debut novel 'Where Angel Fears To Tread' was a real page turner. Loved that he has set the majority of this story in and around Brisbane. His main character is a sort of anti-hero that the reader sympathises with, hopefully there will be another novel and challenge for Frank Angel in the near future.
I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Perrier’s novel “Where Angel Fears to Tread”. I could not put it down. The protagonist, Frank Angel, is a likeable character with many contradictions. This fast moving narrative has a strong sense of place and I paused regularly to take in the details of familiar places in Brisbane. A great read by a creative author.
What a truly wonderful read! A cut well above your usual crime thriller, it has fabulous well rounded characters that you really care about, a great plot and is very well paced. As a Brisbane resident, it was a special treat to recognise so many of the landmarks in our beautiful city. I highly recommend this amazing debut novel.
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