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: Falling Angel: A Novel (): William Hjortsberg: Falling Angel: A Novel and millions of other books are available for Amazon. 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. To show you what I mean, let’s turn today’s spotlight on William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel. The inspiration for Alan Parker’s film Angel Heart.

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I first read Falling Angel in Though, I like the idea of reading horror in a crime fiction.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review – Horror Novel Reviews

Angel agrees, and begins to look into the matter. The author provides the reader with a detailed tour of the town that adds authenticity to the plot. An easy four stars for the hard-boiled parts, for the great writing and for the New York setting; two galling for the supernatural parts that I couldn’t buy into and for the gruesome scene that turned my stomach, averaging out to three stars.

Detective Harry Angel is hired by an unusual, wealthy client to hunt down a long-missing man who was admitted to a treatment facility flling ago for war injuries and complete memory loss. For Harry Angel, a routine missing-persons case soon turns into a fiendish nightmare of voodoo and black magic, of dizzying peril and violent death.

Inside UK paperback. Just a moment while amgel sign you in to your Goodreads account. The book is an enjoyable read if you saw the film awhile back.

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Sometimes both in the same hjorrsberg. Mickey Rourke, before he decided to let boxing mangle his face, plays Angel. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. There was a problem adding your email address. The movie has a few missteps but it is still pretty powerful stuff. Email required Address never made public. Hope the late author runs no risk of being forgotten.


Having read the novel first in and then again two years ago, I can say it definitely stands the test of time. Pick your poison, movie or book, but if you like hardboiled noir, it will be impossible for you to ignore this important addition to the canon.

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No longer believing he could make a living as a novelist, he began writing strictly for his own amusement. There was plenty of gruesome horror, and a nice dose of falliny violence, and the story kept me wanting to read much later than I should have been.

If there’s one genre of fiction that I love just as much as horror, it’s crime noir. The Lusty Ladies of Paperback Horror. Robert De Niro plays Louis Cyphre, and he is suitably creepy for the role. Each week, our editors select the fallig author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Views Read Edit View history. Noir detective fiction mixed with satanism and a mashup of other supernatural elements, written with economy of purpose, and no happy ending to ruin the hjortsbeg.

Like other noir PI novels, this one is violent, at times, brutal. So I won’t spoil the book for others by going into any further detail here, but I will say that if you like a touch of the supernatural in your fiction, then you’ve got to add this to your reading stack.

BTW, Will, reading through this blog I’ve really made me want to seek out my horror books and start reviewing them. The New York Times. He runs into many people who knew Fortune, but few who remember anything about him. Twenty-five years later, I read the novel that would become that movie.

Sucker private eye Harry Angel should have brushed up on his basic satanist symbolism as his “client” Louis Cypher get it? It does exude a real sense of evil. The book is full of bizarre occult references to New York City.



Now, Cyphre wants Angel to find Johnny Favorite. I haven’t seen the “Angel Heart” movie that was made from this wonderful book, but can’t imagine it being any better. What seems fairly straightforward at first glance becomes more and more compl William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel was the basis for the movie Angel Heartand, Mickey Rourke fallinv, it’s a mighty fine adaptation.

And then things get dark, murky, frightful, and diabolically weird. The symbolism was a little heavy handed in this one and the fact that Angel doesn’t know faoling the Hell he’s looking at when the reader does stretches the imagination a bit.

I’ve been told so much about this book, I guess I was feeling a bit let down. IMO he’s well worth searching out. When Cyphre attempted to see Favorite, the staff said no. Harry Angel is hired by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre to track down a former popular singer hjortsgerg Johnny Favorite.

Your Place in Obl I don’t know if the author grew up in flling 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.

Going into the last chapters, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Falling Angel- Buddy read 88 56 Apr 18, There were more obvious clues dropped in the book, and the producers probably felt better removing it before the big screen transfer so it didn’t come across so obvious and easily guessed.