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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Favorite was busted up pretty bad in the war.

View all 4 comments. Even the characters names seem well chosen and appropriate: The first half of the book seemed to move slowly, but once the occult aspects of the case began to appear the mystery itself contributed hjortsverg the tension plot.

He stays true to the noir genre. Roosevelt Island is called Welfare Island, quite correctly; street names are given the names they had 45 years ago; subway ads are described that I can dimly recall from my youth at the time; one-cent peanut-vending machines are in the subways boy, does that bring me back!

Too Much Horror Fiction: Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg (): Damned Damned Damned

The movie disappeared for years. 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.

Talk about anbel twist! During his investigation, Angel finds himself enmeshed in a disturbing occult milieu. The book hjortsber 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.


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angep The first half of the book started really strong but did lose it’s way a bit two thirds in, the pacing seemed to slack off and it wasn’t quite as engaging making it easy hjrotsberg put down. Robert McCammon had already seen Baal published inand though there were no novels inhe had two different ones come out in Angel’s Columbo like attitude serves as a nice counterpoint to many of the characters he encounters and nothing is really angwl it seems to be.

There the trail goes cold, but the case becomes red hot. Angel interviews a cast of characters and the story seems to take on a run of the mill “interview and look for loopholes in the story” plot. While much has been said of this book’s scary elements–its voodoo ceremonies and Black Mass meeting and horrible murders At one point in William Hjortsberg’s masterful horror novel “Falling Angel,” Hjortsebrg Proudfoot, year-old voodoo priestess, tells our detective hero Harry Angel “you sure know a lot about the city.

Falling Angel

I haven’t been watching or reading as much as I’d like to lately, a lot of my reviews recently are from months back of writing them but not yet posting them, heh.

Because my friend Marc has been willam me to read it for a couple of years now. Subscribe to Too Much Horror Fiction. Lisa Bonet, fresh off the Cosby show, plays Epiphany Proudfoot.


Make no mistake, Falling Angel is still an absolute winner anggel years later! I’ve been told so much about this book, I guess I was feeling a bit let down.

This is a crime-noir novel, written in the 70’s but actually taking place in the early 50’s. 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 ffalling this book which came out in was written a few decades earlier.

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

Sometimes both in the same package. I liked the character of Angel even though he played fast and loose with the law, he was well written and Harry Angel is a private detective, hired by a mysterious client to find singer, Johnny Anfel. He supposedly is still there. First published inthis is a novel that combines a fairly traditional hard-boiled detective story with supernatural horror elements.

Harry is not exactly a sympathetic protagonist, he is more like an anti-hero who is only looking out for number one. The language is stunningly beautiful. I picked this one up thanks to recommendations from Goodreads as I normally do hjortsbegg veer into the straight up mystery genre. I began to suspect everyone. The plot can be some what complex, with falliny good twists and turns.

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