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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For the next few years he lived in the Caribbean and Europe, writing two unpublished novels, the second of which earned him a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University. Glad I still have a copy of this book and never lent it out. The crime novels from that era deal with all kinds of conspiracies and chicanery, but everything is fully grounded in reality.

The movie disappeared for years.

It may well be that we get our best ideas in youth and spend the rest of our lives attempting to work them out. New York City P. 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. In the mist dark figures move and angl Was all this for real, or just some kind of hell? There was plenty of gruesome horror, and a nice dose of hard-boiled violence, and the story kept me wanting to read much later than I should have been.

Posted by Will Errickson at 4: It was a different time. It’s never easy to follow a cold trail, but he does his best, landing in the twisted world of backwater voodoo, close-lipped musicians, carnival acts and Having read the novel first in and then again two years ago, I can say it definitely stands the test of time. In preparation for this review, Hjortsberv read the book again.


During his investigation, Angel finds himself enmeshed in a disturbing occult milieu. Usually the supernatural does not blend with this genre, and if it does, it doesn’t usually it do it as daringly.

FALLING ANGEL by William Hjortsberg | Kirkus Reviews

Unfortunately this book’s fame has rested largely on the film that was based upon it, “Angel Heart. Oh and this was the basis for the movie Willia Heart which pretty much follows the book faithfully.

Languid, yet lethal the cruel, tapered fingers perfect instruments of evil. Oct 13, Gary rated it really liked it Shelves: Grant and Ramsey Campbell were also starting to come upon the scene with Dean Koontz and his novel, Phantoms, just around the corner. You are commenting using your WordPress. I can’t think of another anbel quite like this one.

Many of these folks soon wind up dead and mutilated, the victims of a motley Satanic group which Harry eventually comes face to face with in a subway-station black-mass orgy. Want to Read saving…. I give it an extra star for the slightly-more-detailed-than-usual use of voodoo as a plot point.

While much williamm been said of this book’s scary elements–its voodoo ceremonies and Black Mass meeting and horrible murders–what impressed me hjotsberg about this tale is the hjrotsberg attention to realistic detail that the author invests it with. So far, so good.

Published November 1st by Millipede Press first published Unlike the movie, the novel stays in New York State during the year Cypher doesn’t just take what is his from the start.

Labels ’20s ’30s ’40s ’50s ’60s ’70s ’80s ’90s s 19th century a. Angel is forced to visit reporters, libraries and consult things known as phone books.


Your decaying husk is but a temporary vessel on an endless voyage. I was completely engrossed with this story, read it in two days, and could not put it down. Inprivate investigator Harry Angel is hired to locate him on behalf of a mysterious client who calls himself Louis Cyphre.


The last I looked, it is available on Amazon with a prime subscription and also affordable to buy.

Open Preview See a Problem? The last thing he should be doing is having his astrology chart configured or have a gypsy read his palm or have a psychoanalyst The notion which eventually became Falling Angel had its genesis as a story I wrote as a sophomore in high school.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review – Horror Novel Reviews

I read it in two days. The technicalities of the occult are as blurry here as agel usually are in soul-exchange sagas, but with unflappable, earthy Harry as a narrator, Hjortsberg keeps the supernatural stuff from highflown aflling. One of the witnesses he consults is a socialite astrologer. I wish I had read this book before seeing the movie “Angel Heart”. This hard-boiled detective story with an occult twist was adapted for the screen as Angel Heartstarring Robert De Niro.

This book deserves all the praise that’s been heaped on it. By the end of the book he’s gone beyond noir. He recommended this to me. And Jack the Ripper.

Might have to check out the movie again An entertaining read, but very heavy on the foreshadowing. Be the first to discover new talent! This is the type of book in which if something is described, you can bet your bottom buck that it fallin existed. That is to say that this is not a bad book at all, just one that wasn’t in my wheelhouse.

Robert De Niro plays Louis Cyphre, and he is suitably creepy for the role. The story was also peppered with a bit of dry humor, which I always enjoy.