The Bad Angel Brothers
A deliciously dark, atmospheric novel about family and brotherhood from one of America’s most distinctive writers
There’s sibling rivalry and then there’s the relationship of brothers Cal and Frank Belanger.
Enemies since childhood, the small town of Littleford just isn’t big enough to hold them both. So, Cal strikes out for the world’s wild places – a gifted geologist in search of gold and other precious minerals – leaving Frank to develop a successful career as the town’s lawyer, fixer and local hero.
But when Cal, newly rich and newlywed, returns to the town of his birth, Frank gives him the opposite of a brotherly welcome, leading to a series of betrayals and reprisals culminating in the ultimate plan: murder.
A riveting tale of adventure, betrayal and the true cost of family bonds, The Bad Angel Brothers is a remarkable novel from one of American’s most distinctive writers.
‘Laden with jealousy, betrayal and a mythic lust for vengeance’ The New York Times
‘One of the most accomplished and worldly-wise writers of his generation’ The Times
A manic tale of sibling rivalry that owes its small town setting mostly to John Cheever, and its seething resentment mostly to William Shakespeare . . . at once maundering and intensely emotionally violent * Observer * Searing and memorable . . . Theroux plays skillfully on reader sympathies until the bitter end, showing how a man's beliefs can make him turn to violence * Publishers Weekly * American master Paul Theroux delivers a chilling psychological novel in The Bad Angel Brothers * Honolulu Magazine * Watch the magician's hands: Theroux has some powerful twists in his hat, and the language and compelling prose with which to offer them into the spotlight * New York Journal of Books * Theroux's prose is so rich, his perceptions so many-layered, he involves us in a world that extends well beyond the physical limits of his novel * The Times *
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