Tom Boyd is the massively successful author of the first two volumes in the Angel Trilogy, "In the company of angels" and "The memory of angels". When we meet Tom his books have captivated the world, with massive sales and his tale of a doomed love affair between a young woman and her guardian angel. However, outside of this success, things are not going so well. The third part of the trilogy has stalled, as Tom's love affair with the French pianist Aurore Valancourt comes very publicly to a halt and he suffers writers block. Even as Tom, and his friends Milo and Carole, have crawled out of a crime ridden LA neighbourhood to success, they may be headed back into obscurity. Because not only has Tom lost the woman he adores and is unable to write, or even fuction, but Milo has lost all his money. Into this chaotic mix comes Billie, who is a character in Tom's novels. She arrives, naked, tipped out from a batch of books which have been mis-printed and end in mid-paragraph.
This is a wonderful novel, with lots of excitement, good characters and frantic chasing from place to place. Can Milo make good the fact he has lost all Tom's money? Can he and Carole track down the book that Billie needs to go back to her world? Can Tom win back the beautiful Aurore and finish the third part of the trilogy? This book is about friendship, what is really important in life, the modern cult of celebrity and the magical world of books. It is a modern road book and we head from LA to Mexico, to France and Rome and almost everywhere in between in pursuit of answers to the problems that Tom and his friends encounter. I really enjoyed this novel and cared about the characters. An excellent read and highly recommended. I will certainly be looking for more from this extremely talented author and hope he never experiences the writers block he inflicted on his own fictional character!