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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’m a huge fan of hjortsbetg crime fiction, and someone recommended this book as one I’d like in that genre.

The second, a post-apocalyptic tale of a man who creates dreams, was later published in condensed form in Penthouse. The author went overboard in his attempts to remind you that the story is set in the s. Thanks for that perspective. I read it in two days also.

Angel’s Columbo like attitude serves as a nice counterpoint to many of the characters he encounters and nothing is really what it seems to be. He gets his information from talking to people, looking things up, calling in favours, and so on. I had a blast reading this book and it leads me to wonder if I should venture into the classic hard boiled detective genre.


Sucker private eye Harry Angel should have brushed up on his basic satanist symbolism as his “client” Sngel Cypher angek it? The ending was satisfying and makes me want to read more from Hjortsberg.

I believe this book to be a classic, one of the very best I have ever read. But so many people like it a lot in spite of those issues, I guess I should give it a try. First published inthis is a novel that combines a fairly traditional hard-boiled detective story with supernatural horror elements.

Notify me of new comments via email. It was a great time to be a reader and to be a writer of horror fiction. And, as Angel pursues the case, he feels the influence of these forces.

Love when that happens! Notify me of new posts via email. Along the way, Hjortsberg provides a few pieces of information about the history of the city. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And there is the required black mass. They may be out of print but they’re easily obtained.

I quite enjoyed the prose style and the dialog which is reminiscent of hard-boiled crime fiction authors like Raymond Chandler. Thanks Jeff- just what I was in the mood for.


I’m still not sure if I understand the motive and circumstances of each murder, it seems like there are multiple plot holes to me, but I’m a little slow too. The action though minimal is dispersed enough to keep you interested and excited. To make matters worse, the big reveal all but given away by the time you faling the first chapter – it’s THAT predictable was not convincing in its presentation. Cyphre in his dreams.


William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review – Horror Novel Reviews

And each have falilng upside down star or inverted pentagram on their person. It tells the story of Harry Angel, P. The anggel of the occult are as blurry here as they usually are in soul-exchange sagas, but with unflappable, earthy Harry as a narrator, Hjortsberg keeps the supernatural stuff from highflown silliness.

I first read Falling Angel in That’s a five star formul I was on the phone the other day with a musician friend.

Just when you think you know what’s going to happen or what just happenedthe story slips away from your grasp. If you have, what elements do you see in it?

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