The Bad Angel Brothers

Paul Theroux


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Penguin Books Ltd
21 September 2023
ISBN: 9780241995563
352 pages

From the publisher

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