The streets of Darlinghurst are dangerous. It is 1930 and razor gangs compete for domination of the turf. Leaving home isn’t optional when Gilbert Maggs’ drunken father chases him from the house with a carving knife. He quickly finds that the back streets hold dangers of their own.
With a name like Gilbert Maggs, and a shock of red hair, he is inevitably going to become Meggsie, and Meggsie will have to learn quickly if he is to survive. He finds that, on the street, his choice is between theft and starvation, and so begins his life of crime. How can he know that a bunch of bananas, stolen from a fruit shop frequented by Guido Calletti violent leader of the Darlinghurst Push will change the course of his life?
Ron Thomas grew up in Punchbowl, a working-class suburb in Sydney’s west. As a boy, he would spend many a Saturday waiting for his grandfather’s racing pigeons to arrive home from faraway places. Waiting by grandad’s vegetable patch, various old mates would tell tall tales and true to while away the hours, and a boy’s imagination did the rest. One long, hot afternoon, Sid, one of the oldies, told stories of his formative years in what he called ‘Razorhurst’. Many of Sid’s recollections are embedded in Dark angels. Ron’s heroes are ordinary people, his stories commonly rooted in historic events.