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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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First person narrations, plenty of dark and gloomy environments, and a hero that is also flawed and more real. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Newer Post Older Post Home. The symbolism was a little heavy handed in this one and the fact that Angel doesn’t know what If you like your horror laced with more than a little private dick noir then Falling Angel is the novel for you.

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I don’t remember the details enough to determine how closely aligned the film and book are. Pick your poison, movie or book, but if you like hardboiled noir, it will be impossible for you to ignore this important addition to the canon.

Oct 04, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: But he soon finds that this is no normal missing person case. Johnny Favorite, a popular crooner before and during the Second World War, has not been seen or heard of since he was critically wounded during a Luftwaffe raid on Allied forces in Tunisia.

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Angel is a real character to the reader. And the fact that your commenters have been so impacted by it makes it even more appealing… perhaps one to save for the darker nights…. But halfway through the book, the story slides into the world of voodoo, black magic, carnival freaks, fevered dreams, and supernatural developments, and if this is your cup of tea, so much the better. Retrieved 25 April Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg Mark Anhelto a libretto by Lucy Thurber.


William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel was the basis for the hjorrsberg Angel Heartand, Mickey Rourke notwithstanding, it’s a mighty fine adaptation. Epiphany Proudfoot, etc, etc. It stood the test of time quite well– possibly since I have in the interim read a lot of other authors, his literary allusions might stand out better to my mind now.

That is to say that this is not a bad book at all, just one that wasn’t in my wheelhouse. Sure, it telegraphs the destination, but the ride is so much fun. Want to Read saving….

The action though minimal is dispersed enough to keep you interested and excited. His most recent work is Jubilee Hitchhikera biography of author Richard Brautigan. Your decaying husk is but a temporary vessel on an endless voyage. If there’s one genre of fiction that I love just as hjortsbberg as horror, it’s crime noir.

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There’s the private detective, Harold Angel, working out of a crappy little office, dressed sloppily, with stains on his tie; places that people wouldn’t go to after dark; a private hospital in the country, characters involved in the dark world of voodoo and black magic etc.

The investigation takes many unexpected turns and eventually Harry ends up involved with blues musicians, fake swamis, voodoo priestesses and a satanic cult. Views Read Edit View history. Favorite was busted up pretty bad in the war.

Sucker private eye Harry Angel should have brushed up on his basic satanist symbolism as his “client” Louis Cypher get it? Hardcoverlimited Editionpages. First, he tries to speak to the doctor at the hospital where Favorite was a patient. The crime noir styling blends quite well with the dark, satanic cult plotline; there is also a substantial amount of violence and gore.

It was the hand of emperors and assassins. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Fwlling only managed to by taking a long break, and then forcing myself since the book was short. As a horror fan, I am mildly disappointed in Falling Angelit is not fantastical enough for my taste, though it is not too shabby.

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. This does have some really eerie moments, Rebecca, no doubt about that…. The plot turns completely around one big twist, so it is impossible for me to break down the plot and discuss all the lurid details without giving away the key elements that will lead the reader to the mind blowing conclusion.


Cyphre needs a missing crooner found, Johnny Favorite, who disappeared during World War II after been drafted during his swift rise to success, seriously wounded, and then returned to the states in a somewhat vegetative state. 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,” Epiphany Proudfoot, year-old voodoo priestess, tells our detective hero Harry Angel “you hjortaberg know a lot about the city.

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As such, there are hjorstberg racist comments and remarks, as well as some slang with which I was unfamiliar. Thanks for that perspective. Remember the paperback cover art but not the title or author? View all 4 comments.

Now, Cyphre wants Angel to find Johnny Favorite. Might have to check out the movie again Astonishingly, Hiortsberg enjoyed the book more this time than on the first read. And Angel’s been hired by someone to find a missing singer who’s b I’m a huge agel of noir crime fiction, and someone recommended this book as one I’d like in that genre. Knowing how it all turns out before you get there is a real bitch.

There is one terribly cheesy shot however but overall it is so worth rewatching. Johnny sang with the Spider Fxlling band and was the first real singer to hit the big time before Sinatra came along. Having read the book before and after the movie was released, I can say that it is a good adaptation.