: 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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Afterward I saw the movie fallinb – which I’d never really liked much before – and found out it aged really well and I actually enjoyed it.

One thing that Falling Angel does, besides entertain you, is to give you a close look at New York City in I would not, therefore, recommend this as a mystery, but if you want a noir about doomed people in NY City you may enjoy it.

It is scary, Marina Sofia.

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The New York Times. Falking in the Centerfold: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. On another level, this is a horror novel, and that hjortsbegg plays an important role, too. Detective Harry Angel is hired by an unusual, wealthy client to hunt down a long-missing man who was admitted to a treatment facility years ago for war injuries and complete memory loss.

Speaking of which, the plot was excellent. Hjortsberg describes the city of Manhattan circa in great detail– as he reveals in his own afterword, based entirely on his own youthful memories, and even going to great pains to research exactly what the weather was like in that period of time.

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Slugs by Shaun Hutson Each week, our hjortsverg select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. The action takes place over ten days in I liked the character of Angel even though he played fast and loose with the faling, he was well written and even though some of his actions were morally dubious you were still rooting for him to get to the bottom of the mystery.

I found myself wanting to see exactly what he would find when he found Johnny Valentine and the more I read, the more sure I became he would find him. Harry Angel is hired by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre to track down a former popular singer named Johnny Favorite. But he soon finds that this is no normal missing person case. Angel is a real character to the reader.

I remember it being a very atmospheric film. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: His investigations soon point to a man who was heavily involved in black magic, finding him will be difficult enough without all of Harry’s leads turning up dead as one by one they are taken out. I finally read this last year and it was really as good as its reputation. The book wins with getting further into the story and the details, longer interviews and other stops that were omitted from the film, and a sense of urgency.


Falling Angel

Lists with This Book. Thanks for the kind words, Mizabigail. Just so you know Oct 04, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: As such, there are some racist comments and remarks, as well as some slang with which I was unfamiliar. Many people feel that Falling Angel is the greatest American supernatural horror novel of the 20th century. New author and title for me, Margot. This book seems like a natural call for me.

Readers who prefer low levels of violence and gore will notice this. The author provides the reader with a detailed tour of the town that adds authenticity to the plot.

In the mist dark figures move and twist Was all this for real, or just some kind of hell? He supposedly is still there.

Hjortsberg also wrote the screenplay for Legenda dark fairy tale directed by Ridley Scott. The exception was Falling Angel, which I took home and read over a matter of days.