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I was actually angry at the movie for being too good of an adaptation and therefore spoiling a mighty fine read.

It makes for a very vivid background. I’m going to dig out the movie and watch it again, just to check falling.

Be the first to discover new talent! The technicalities of ange occult hjortsbreg 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. IMO he’s well worth searching out. I think it does, Christine. It’s hardly a feel-good work but at least for me, it’s indelibly etched into my brain.

Everything that happened, I was able to predict from hints in the first couple chapters. The novel was also written with precision and clarity that offers a detailed image of the cultural times and the individual characters.

Or at least that’s the story. Knowing how it all turns out before you get there is a real bitch. To make matters worse, the big reveal all but given away by the time you finish the first chapter – it’s THAT predictable was not convincing in its presentation. Even if you’ve seen the movie, the book is well worth a read, but those of you who haven’t seen the movie are in for a special treat.


What seems fairly straightforward at first glance becomes more and more complicated as the investigation continues. There’s brutality and violence, there’s psychological mind games and hidden surprises, there’s tension and a big twist at the end to cap off a journey that was already deadly. Cypher doesn’t just take what is his from the start.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review – Horror Novel Reviews

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. And Angel is no less guilty of some of that violence than any of the other characters.

Se limitaba a cumplir con su deber. I downed fallihg in three quick swallows. Sure, it telegraphs the destination, but the ride is so much fun. I highly recommend it. He supposedly is still there. The language is stunningly beautiful.

Thanks for that perspective. As such, there are some racist comm 4. Jun 20, Harold rated it it was amazing Shelves: Contributors Will Errickson toomuchhorrorfiction.

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Going into the last chapters, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Now, Cyphre wants Angel to find Johnny Favorite.

I’d love to hear it. And sure enough, it held up as a fine noir novel. I’ve seen the movie of this book and fallinng there are some similarities they are vastly different. An entertaining read, but very heavy on the foreshadowing.


William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review

Aug 22, Sandy rated it it was amazing. Post was not sent hhjortsberg check your email addresses! Not many books have that powerful effect. I’m not going to claim this is a great book, but damn I loved it. Return to Book Page. If he h Until the last 30 pages, there angrl nothing in this that made me want to keep reading.

Hjortsberg lives with his family in Montana. 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.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Views Read Edit View history. And then things get dark, murky, frightful, and diabolically weird. In true hardboiled PI fiction, Harry Angel strolls down the mean streets of Manhattan looking for the missing Fortune. So far, so good.

I liked the character of Angel even though he played fast and loose with the law, 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.

Your decaying husk is but a temporary vessel on an endless voyage. After probably twenty years or so, I decided to pick this up and read it again. Might have to check out the movie again