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Where Angel Fears To Tread

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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 successful and extremely well-paid hits, he breaks up with his girlfriend, punches out a Queensland cop and is told by his handler Calione his career is over. His DNA will lead back to all those hits. Angel has to decide who lives and who dies, with both the cops and Calione after him. Where Angel Fears To Tread is the debut novel by Robert Perrier.

256 pages, Paperback

Published November 1, 2019

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January 9, 2020
“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 a single person, yet still form a plausible unity. While in my view the ending could be stronger, it leaves the impression that we haven’t heard the last of Angel. For a debut novel, Perrier’s “Where Angel Fears to Tread” is exceptional.
May 7, 2020
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 institutional corruption, underworld greed and associated retributions. He nurtures himself with a devotion to the arts and to those who introduced them to him. 'Where Angel Fears To Tread' is an engaging story, well written with a surprise and skilfully-described ending.
March 18, 2020
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 setting of Brisbane and surrounds added further interest to the well-written, and fast moving narrative. I hope to accompany Frank Angel through further journeys in the future. Suzy (99.7fm)
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January 22, 2020
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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March 18, 2020
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.
John Sayles
April 2, 2020
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.
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January 19, 2020
Really enjoyed this book easy to read Just wanted to keep reading I hope we hear more about Angel
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January 1, 2020
This book was really enjoyable to read - I took it all in over a weekend! The book covers challenging topics with tenderness, creativity and humour. Highly recommend it!
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November 30, 2019
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 Perrier.

I am the publisher of this book. Naturally I love it! Also as a reader, writer and booklover I love it. The cover is the stunning 1610 Carravagio with David holding Goliath’s severed head by the hair. The head is a self portrait, of Carravagio himself. On May 1606 Caravaggio was accused of murder and fled from Rome to distant lands (Naples, Sicily, Malta) to escape the price that had been placed on his head. His self-portrait as Goliath's severed head, held by David his executioner, was sent to the papal court in 1610 as a kind of painted petition for pardon. In fact pardon was granted, but did not reach Caravaggio before he died in Porto Ercole, https://www.caravaggio.org/david-with...

The author, a lifelong friend of mine, lives in Brisbane. He studied theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts and helped found the Flying Fruit Fly International Children's Circus, taking up the position of artistic dierctor from the outset. In 1984 on behalf of the Flying Fruit Fly company he won the BHP Pursuit of Excellence Award in Arts and Literature. He has released several records as a singer songwriter. This is his first novel.
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