: 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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Resurrection Dreams by Richard Laymon Hjortsberg is a difficult author to find on the shelves. The novel features a low-rent detective who knows the city as well as anyone does, and an eerie set of mysteries.

Retrieved from ” https: Please provide an email address. Mar 01, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: An easy four stars for the hard-boiled hjortsbeerg, for the great writing and for the New York setting; two stars for the supernatural parts that I couldn’t buy into and for the gruesome scene that turned my stomach, averaging out to three stars.

For Harry Angel, a routine missing-persons case soon turns into a fiendish nightmare of voodoo and black magic, hjortsbeeg dizzying peril and violent death.

Falling Angel

Falling Angel- Buddy read 88 56 Apr 18, It seems that Favorite was a practitioner of the dark arts and supposedly conjured up the devil during a Black Mass. Of course I saw the movie adaptation, Angel Heart, when it hit the screen. With a new foreword by Ridley Scott, an introduction by the late James Crumley, and a new afterword by the author and a bonus short story, plus a letter from Stephen King, the first time that the letter has ever been published in its complete form.


Certainly, this sort of blend can make for an unusual story. You are commenting using your WordPress. Cyphre in his dreams.

The symbolism was a little heavy handed in this one and the fact that Angel doesn’t fallung what the Hell he’s looking at when the reader does stretches the imagination a bit. The author provides the reader with a detailed tour of the town that adds authenticity to the plot. During his investigation, Angel finds himself enmeshed in a disturbing occult milieu. Unlike the movie, the novel stays in New York State during the year Like many of the previous reviewers I thought it might be spoilt for me because I already knew what happened at the end.

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Though he wrote a few other novels, none of them made a lasting impression like Falling Angel. Coney Island, Harlem all these places were written through the eyes of someone was there.


The client, Louis Cyphre, is cryptic with what little information he is willing to share. Favorite was busted up pretty bad in the war. View all 12 comments. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Thank you, as always, for introducing me to something new.

It was a different time. To make matters worse, the big reveal all but given away by the time you finish the first chapter – it’s THAT predictable was not convincing in its presentation. I can see why this one is considered a classic I began to suspect everyone.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Hjortsberg plays us just as subtly and just as thoroughly as his characters play one another.

Return to Book Page. Everything that happened, I was able to predict from hints in the first couple chapters.

This page was last edited on 12 Augustat Because my friend Marc has been hounding me to read it for a couple of years now.