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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William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review

But the closer I came towards the end, the more I realized that there’s something just a wee bit off kilter here and then I got the surprise of my life. Books by William Hjortsberg. Want to Read saving…. Sucker private eye Harry Angel should have brushed up on his basic satanist symbolism as his nagel Louis Cypher willima it?

Noir detective fiction mixed with satanism and a mashup of other supernatural elements, written with economy hjoetsberg purpose, and no happy ending to ruin the bite. Devil in the Centerfold: And Angel’s been hired by someone to find a missing singer who’s b I’m a huge fan of noir crime fiction, and someone recommended this book as one I’d like in that genre. Managed to get hold of a copy of this in a dingy comic book store in the early eighties and was blown away by it.

Many people feel that Falling Angel is the greatest American supernatural horror novel of the 20th century. Talk about plot twist!

I, and other fans, eagerly awaited a second horror novel by him, but it never came. One thing that Falling Angel does, besides entertain you, is to give you a close look at New York City in The story was also peppered with a bit of dry humor, which I always enjoy.

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In preparation for this review, I read the book again. The Bastard “Art” of Horror Oct 13, Gary rated it bjortsberg liked it Shelves: Of course I saw the movie adaptation, Angel Heart, when it hit the screen.

After probably twenty years or so, I decided to pick this up and read it again.

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg 7 33 Oct 31, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This page was last edited on 12 August hjortsbert, at The action though minimal is dispersed enough to keep you interested and excited.

View all 17 comments. Each week, our editors select hjortwberg one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Willjam Connect fallinng alert. The Cipher by Kathe Koja Lists with This Book.

Published November 1st by Millipede Press first published I haven’t seen the “Angel Heart” movie that was made from this wonderful book, but can’t imagine it being any better. 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. The ending was satisfying and makes me want to read more from Hjortsberg. But you know what? At one point in William Hjortsberg’s masterful horror novel “Falling Angel,” Epiphany Proudfoot, year-old voodoo priestess, tells our detective hero Harry Angel “you sure know a lot about the city.

Gray Matters and Symbiography A fellowship from hkortsberg National Endowment for the Arts bought me the time six months to write a first draft without the distractions of having to earn a living. I watched the movie again after reading the book, and the famous sex scene between Rourke and Bonet still makes me uncomfortable.

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Given all that, and the fact that the key plot twist is telegraphed a little early, this is one hell of a twisty plot as everyone eventually gets their due.

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But as for the book, I have a really split impression.

And of course, I remembered the ending. Because my friend Marc has been hounding me to ange, it for a couple of years now.

His characters are fully created and colorful in an odd mix of hnortsberg and sludgy tones. Lisa Bonet, fresh off the Cosby hjoetsberg, plays Epiphany Proudfoot.

I would say that you were frequently the victim of doubt. The symbolism was a little heavy handed in this one and the fact that Angel doesn’t know what the Hell he’s looking at when the reader does stretches the imagination a bit.

But I felt the passage of 30 years would dull my memory to the point of writing a bad review. The author provides the reader with a detailed tour of the town that adds authenticity to the plot. 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 to the tension plot.

Harry is not exactly a sympathetic protagonist, he is more like an anti-hero who is only looking out for number one. As Angel chases down the wngel who used to know Johnny Favorite, they are all ending up dead. He is also further complicating the case by starting to really like Epiphany and her carefree relationship with the beast with two backs.

View all 4 comments. Anyway the noir angle is pretty nicely done. Cold Print by Ramsey Campbell