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h.a.r.p.o. publishes hardboiled mysteries. Created by Robert Whyte and Anne Jones in 2018 to publish the books they wanted to read, h.a.r.p.o. has achieved an unparalleled international reputation with a stellar list of five authors, Jordon Rothstein with Black and White Night Owls a collection of strange texts and images reminiscent of Duchamp’s writings; Bomber Perrier with Where Angel Fears to Tread about a fine-arts aficionado and hitman; Stephen Stockwell with When The Heat Was On, which lifts the lid on corrupt Queensland from 1960 on; and co-authors Robert Whyte & Anne Jones with Born Again Dead, a Brisbane Noir thriller set in 1987.
H.A.R.P.O. is a revival of the name Graham Cathcart and Bomber Perrier used for radical cultural activities in the 1970s. A significant predecessor was Foco on Sunday nights in Trades Hall in the late 1960s. Foco combined local and interstate rock bands with films, folk, poetry, theatre, a radical bookshop and a discussion room. In the early 1970s H.A.R.P.O. (which was then often explained as an acronym for How About Resisting Powerful Organisations) continued the tradition with many of the same people. The street mag harpo was a cult sensation, but lasted only two issues. John Stanwell was an early and influential member. Other active members included Stuart Matchett, Ken McSwain and Colin Beasley among many others. Harpo’s Nite Out featured a combination of political theatre and live music, headlining many bands including Mackenzie Theory with Mother’s Lightworks and Peter Gray’s Electronic Excursions. Later manifestations of Brisbane cultural activity in the same spirit included Radio 4ZZZ and the Cane Toad Times.
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New York City songwriter producer Jordon Rothstein started playing drums at the age of six and keyboards at the age of eight. In 1998 Jordon won best film score for the film Union in the NYU Film Festival. He was music supervisor for independent film Falling Sky, starring Karen Allen and Brittany Murphy. Jordon has worked with The Gorillaz as a musician and music supervisor. He teaches piano and performs as a jazz pianist in the New York City area.
Black and White Night Owls inhabit the cities of the future in which the sunset is no longer colourful due to staff shortages and dwindling supplies of magic crayons. Never without humor, always with a glimpse of the darker side, Black and White Night Owls is fashioned from lazy, rising, spiralling progressions, and their inverse, in reflections on life. Download this free sample.
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WHERE ANGEL FEARS TO TREADRobert Perrier
Angel is not your average hit man. He has a deep understanding of literature, classical music and fine art. Some people take drugs. Angel reads books, studies the paintings of old masters and listens to fine music. He is an appreciator, not a player. He does not write, play music or paint masterpieces. His job is to kill people.
Where Angel fears to tread is the debut novel by Robert Perrier.