Originally published in , Hjortsberg’s debut mystery was the basis for the film Angel Heart. (July). In , Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg was published in hardcover, but it didn’t make a really big splash until the following year when the. Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg (): Damned Damned Damned. Where do you search for a guy who was never there to begin with?.

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I should mention the entire book takes place in Manhattan, unlike the movie which aflling a side trip to New Orleans. It’s hardly a feel-good work but at least for me, it’s indelibly etched into my brain.

He runs into many people who knew Fortune, but few who remember anything about him. Lovecraft then I suspect you would not find the weirdness level of Falling Angel quite up to snuff. But halfway through the book, the story slides into the world of voodoo, black magic, carnival freaks, fevered dreams, and supernatural developments, and if this is your cup of tea, so much the better. Favorite was busted up pretty bad in the war.

Harry Angel is hired by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre to track down a former popular singer hjrtsberg Johnny Favorite. And Angel’s been hired by someone to find a missing singer who’s b I’m a huge fan of noir crime fiction, and someone anbel this willliam as one I’d like in that genre. I remembered just enough to have a nagging feeling I knew something was happening, but not enough to put my finger on it. And each have an upside down star or inverted pentagram on their person. But I felt the passage of 30 years would dull my memory to the point of writing a bad review.


Se limitaba a cumplir con su deber. Even without the incredible attention to detail, this book would be a winner. The notion which eventually became Falling Angel had its genesis as a story I wrote as a sophomore in high school.

With a new foreword by Ridley Scott, an introduction by the late James Crumley, and a new afterword hjorteberg the author and a bonus short story, plus a letter from Stephen King, the first time that the letter has fallinb been published in its complete form.

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I can’t think of hjortdberg novel quite like this one. There was a problem adding your email address. There is almost nothing overtly supernatural in this book, except perhaps in the last chapter, and even that is a hjoetsberg vague.

I would say that you were frequently the victim of doubt. The exception was Falling Angel, which I took home and read over a matter of days. A lot of that movie lost me, but the ending was creepy at least.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review

If Bonet was trying to shed the perception of innocence established on the Cosby show which seems odd hjortssberg say this in light of recent revelationsthen she certainly accomplished that. Cruelty comes easily to you, yet you find it inconceivable that you are so gifted at hurting others. Twenty-five years later, I read the novel that would become that movie.

Unobservant me never noticed until it was brought up in someone else’s review. Newer Post Older Post Home. I don’t know if the author grew up in this town in the ’50s or just did a remarkable research job, but the reader really does get the impression that this book which came out in was written a few decades earlier.


The movie moves the story from New York to New Orleans, though, and in that respect, the black magic and other supernatural elements may make more sense.

Every new piece of the puzzle he finds reveals just how much of the story he hasn’t been told. Keeten to that list. The story was also peppered with a bit of dry humor, which I always enjoy. With only a few leads, he’s off. Every reader should check this one out.

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There’s brutality and violence, there’s psychological mind games and hidden surprises, there’s tension wil,iam a big twist at the end to cap off a journey that was already deadly.

Oct 02, Ben Loory rated it it was amazing. The novel was also written with precision and clarity that offers a detailed image of the cultural times and the individual characters. This book deserves all the praise that’s been heaped on it. Return to Book Page. Inprivate investigator Harry Angel is hired to locate him on behalf of a mysterious client who calls himself Louis Cyphre.

Wjlliam not going to claim this is a great book, but damn I loved it. Hjortsberg is a difficult fallinh to find on the shelves. I was on the phone the other day with a musician friend.