Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancée. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—and the life he knows vanishes like smoke. Several hours later, the girl is gone too.... read more
Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.
“I already killed you once. What does it take to teach some people?”
“That was tonight?" Richard paused for a moment. If ever, he decided, they made disorganisation an Olympic sport, he could be disorganised for England”
“And Jessica saw in Richard an enormous amount of potential, which, properly harnessed by the right woman, would have made him the perfect matrimonial accessory.”
“'Is there anything, really, to be scared of?' 'Only the night on the bridge,' she said. 'The kind in armor?' 'The kind that comes when day is over.'”Richard and the leather woman
“The marquis felt, then, that much of what he had gone through in the previous week was made up for by the expression on Hunter's face.”
“He wondered how long the corpses had been there, and whether they had been killed by the Beasr or by the mosquitoes.”
“So the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding.”
“"I'm not scared of falling," he told himself. "The part I'm scared of is where you finish falling."”
“"When angels go bad, they go worse than anyone. Remember, Lucifer was an angel once."”Marquis de Carabas
“He opened his mouth and tasted the wine once more. It made him feel happy. It made him think of skies bigger and bluer than any he had ever seen, a golden sun hanging huge in the sky.Everything simpler, everything younger than the world he knew.”
“Mr. Vandemar showed them his teeth, demonstrating his sunny and delightful disposition. It was unquestionably the most horrible thing that Richard had ever seen.”
“And Richard shook his head, and felt wrung out, and emptied, and flayed. "An angel," he whispered, hysterically, to the tunnels and the dark. "An angel.”Richard Mayhew
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