Falling Angel: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Hjortsberg’s Edgar Award–nominated classic about the hunt for a vanished singer that leads a detective into the depths of the occult

Big-band frontman Johnny Favorite was singing for the troops when a Luftwaffe fighter squadron strafed the bandstand, killing the crowd and leaving the singer near death. The army returned him to a private hospital in upstate New York, leaving...
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Falling Angel: A Novel

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Overview


Hjortsberg’s Edgar Award–nominated classic about the hunt for a vanished singer that leads a detective into the depths of the occult

Big-band frontman Johnny Favorite was singing for the troops when a Luftwaffe fighter squadron strafed the bandstand, killing the crowd and leaving the singer near death. The army returned him to a private hospital in upstate New York, leaving him to live out his days as a vegetable while the world forgot him. But Louis Cyphre never forgets.
 
Cyphre had a contract with the singer, stipulating payment upon Johnny’s death—payment that will be denied as long as Johnny clings to life. When Cyphre hires private investigator Harry Angel to find Johnny at the hospital, Angel learns that the singer has disappeared. It is no ordinary missing-person’s case. Everyone he questions dies soon after, as Angel’s investigation ensnares him in a bizarre tangle of black magic, carnival freaks, and grisly voodoo. When the sinister Louis Cyphre begins appearing in Angel’s dreams, the detective fears for his life, his sanity, and his soul.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Hjortsberg including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Terrific . . . One of a kind . . . I’ve never read anything remotely like it.” —Stephen King
 
“A chilling homage to the hard-boiled detective novel of the Raymond Chandler school.” —The New York Times
 
“A near perfect book . . . Not since Psycho changed the bathing habits of thousands has a novelist so completely turned conceptions inside out.” —Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453246580
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 64,183
  • File size: 883 KB

Meet the Author


William Hjortsberg (b. 1941) is an acclaimed author of novels and screenplays. Born in New York City, Hjortsberg’s first success came with Alp (1969), an offbeat story of an Alpine skiing village, which Hjortsberg’s friend Thomas McGuane called, “quite possibly the finest comic novel written in America.” In the 1970s, Hjortsberg wrote two science fiction novels, Gray Matters (1971) and Symbiography (1973), as well as Toro! Toro! Toro! (1974), a comic jab at the macho world of bullfighting. His best-known work is Falling Angel (1978), a hard-boiled occult mystery. In 1987 the book was adapted into a film titled Angel Heart, which starred Robert De Niro and Mickey Rourke. Hjortsberg’s most recent work is Jubilee Hitchhiker (2012), a biography of Richard Brautigan, American writer and voice of 1960s counterculture.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2009

    A True Horror Classic

    When one thinks about the great horror novels of the 1970's, ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE EXORCIST, and CARRIE quickly come to mind. FALLING ANGEL should be among this elite group. In my opinion, this is a true classic. It uniquely blends a compelling, hard-boiled, noirish mystery with a tale of the occult that is so unpredicatable, so depraved, and so original that it defies catagorization. This is not a novel for the faint of heart. It dives head first into waters other writers only skim the surface of. It is graphic, violent, and sexually perverse but not gratuitous. The midnight-dark ending is a genuine shocker and hits you like a ton of bricks right on the head causing you to rethink and question all of your previously held assumptions about the story and it's characters. Bravo Mr. Hjortsberg on writing one of the finest modern horror novels I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Not that great

    Its a mystery how this book got good ratings. Its not that great. It was a great idea. The back telling u about the book made it seem like it would be a great read. The twist at the end seems so forced as if the author had another ending completely but changed it at the last minute. The ending that should have been there although more predictable would have been a better flow. I do have to admit the detail is good and there were moments that were interesting and well written. Somethings were unneeded and made things a challenge to follow. Also there were road directions. I dont understand why it made no since. It almost seemed like the writer wanted to make it longer. It isnt the worst thing to read and although the ending didnt make a bit of since and it had moments of simply grossness. I would read it again if i had the chance to do it again. I would read it again so i could hate it again properly. So long story short. If u have nothing to do at all and u dont want to clean the house then this book is for u. Also if u dont mind the sudden gross parts that r just kimd of tossed in then its alright.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Phillip Marlowe meets Christopher Marlowe

    This is one of my all time favorite books. It's a very exciting, entertaining, suspenseful, hard-to-put-down book. Each concise chapter advances the plot, in which a private detective is hired by a mysterious stranger to track down a missing person. Thus the book has much in common with police procedurals, yet it has elements of horror that become increasingly prominent as the investigation continues.

    It is hard to describe without giving too much away. "Falling Angel" is accessible enough to be enjoyed by anyone, and I would enthusiastically recommend it to fans of Stephen King, but it also a cut above most other horror books and so I'd recommend it as well to more serious readers who enjoy a chill down the spine now and then. The author may not necessarily be tackling "great themes" of Literature-with-a-capital-L, but it is an admirably literary work, in which Hjortsberg makes deft use of bread and butter literary techniques such as atmosphere, foreshadowing, irony, and more than a touch of gallows humor, to spin a really excellent yarn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2009

    Very dark and compelling, but abrupt

    The book is slow in the beginning, with Harry Angel basically running around in circles searching for this so called "dead man", who has some connection to a mysterious cult. When the action finally begins, it is gruesome and disturbing. I actually had to put the book down for a little while before I could pick it up again due to my weak stomach for graphic violence. Overall, the book is a sufficient book to read on a rainy night with the wind howling around you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2002

    GREAT MOVIE, GREAT NOVEL

    Darker and -even- harder than the movie, several passages full of odd characters and creepy situations missing in Alan Parker's widely underrated work.

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