BROKEN ANGEL (Danny Roberts I)


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BROKEN ANGEL is the first book in the Danny Roberts thriller series.

Set in Northern England, with a healthy dose of gangland rivalry and gritty violence and interspersed with plenty of the authors characteristic sarcastic, dry humour, this ‘debut thriller novel’ makes for an entertaining and thrilling read.


Danny Roberts is a businessman. He’s also somebody who will sort out your ‘problems’ for you; for a price of course.

One morning Danny wakes up with a naked woman in his bed.

The fact that he does not know who she is or where she came from is the first link in a chain of events that will threaten to destroy everything that he cares for and threaten, is the one thing you do not do to Danny Roberts.



“Broken Angel by Darren Scanlon is a well-crafted novella…”

“Danny Roberts is a loveable rogue…people who need help that can’t go to the police, go to Danny.”

“A really enjoyable read.”


“MUM!” He screamed at the top of his voice and turned to run.

There was panic in his stride now as he tore his way through the brambles ripping holes in his jeans and legs. He didn’t care. All he could think about was getting away from this place as fast as he could, imagining that at any moment a cold, lifeless hand was going to grab him and drag him to his death in the frigid, dirty canal.

“MUM!” He screamed again as the tears start to run down his cheeks, “MUM!” Over and over it was the only word he could think of.

He finally broke free of the brambles and started to run at full pelt. He suddenly kicked his football which he’d placed on the path earlier and as it went splashing into the canal, it sent him crashing to the floor, one leg slipping over the edge and into the freezing water.

“NOOOO! GET OFF ME!” He screamed as he scrambled to his feet again and ran as if the devil himself were chasing him.

A kind of shocked silence descended now. There was no more shouting; no more tears; just blind panic. Adrenalin was surging through his young body and the only notion now meaning anything was ‘RUN’; run like the wind.

Get away from this horrible place and into his mother’s arms.

“Mum!” He sobbed as the tears started again.


©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. sevoiland says:

    Hi Darren, Can’t endorse you quite yet … just ordered the book. Love a thriller … and you give me hope that the novella is not dead. I promise to rate on Amazon too. (God help me, I’m a Prime member and the UPS man has a coffee mug with his name on it in our cupboard.)

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    1. Excellent. Hope you enjoy it.

      Broken Angel was my first attempt at a ‘serious’ novel, (my debut novel was a comedy called Hey Up Matron) and serves to introduce you to the world of and the main characters in Danny’s world as it rolls through quite a gritty storyline.


  2. jenanita01 says:

    Not just poetry then, Darren… I think I will like these…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks and I hope you do. Please leave me a review on amazon. Keep Smiling 😊


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