The Last Angel [NOOK Book]

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Gabriel Rush is a broken man.

Once a dedicated cop and family man, he is now little more than one of the walking dead. Busted out of the ranks of New York’s finest, he’s been reduced to P. I. work - of the sleazy variety - until he takes a photograph of a sad-faced woman in a café which, when he develops it, reveals on odd pattern on her cheek. The mark is the signature ...
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The Last Angel

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Overview

Gabriel Rush is a broken man.

Once a dedicated cop and family man, he is now little more than one of the walking dead. Busted out of the ranks of New York’s finest, he’s been reduced to P. I. work - of the sleazy variety - until he takes a photograph of a sad-faced woman in a café which, when he develops it, reveals on odd pattern on her cheek. The mark is the signature mutilation of the Trinity Killer, a brutal murderer who has New York living in fear.

As the mystery deepens, he discovers that the killer's fate is bound inextricably to his own past and future.

Trying desperately to warn the woman, Rush finds himself haunted by visions and fighting to save the woman he loves, his friends, and—when the killer's identity is finally revealed—his own sanity.

Previously published in the United States in 2001 as The Secret Life of Colours, The Last Angel is a unique fusion of crime, horror and angelkind that is quite unlike anything you have ever read.

"Shocking, sacrilegious and strangely satisfying," – Cemetery Dance.

“You can't read The Last Angel in a faded state of mind; Savile wants you to experience more. And experience you will every tint and shade you never noticed before. Some you never wanted to notice. Enjoy the pleasure of Savile's prose and the amazing breadth of his ideas. However you read it, you're never going to forget Trinity.” – SF Site

“Steven Savile writes with a lyricism and versatility that marks him immediately as a writer to be treasured on your shelf. Savile has, with his Native American detective Gabriel Rush, offered up a character scarred with tragedy and frailties, the sort of man we can admire and pity in the same breath. Perhaps the second most important character in the novel is New York City herself. David Fincher would be the ideal director to take this novel to the silver screen - the mix of sepias and grime contrasted surreally with the occasional colour lens of the killer's point of view, lend the novel a unique backdrop, utterly different from the New York you might have visited with other writers, yet identifiable nonetheless.” – Caio UK
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013563490
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 595 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    GREAT READ!!

    Found this author a little while back with "London Mcabe." I have been devouring all I can find of him since!

    Savile is fabulous! This is a story of heartbreak and redemption told in a way only he can. For those who don't tend to enjoy an author that can describe a scene so well you are immersed in it, this or any of Saville's works are probably not for you. A master of the vernacular, he can really weave a story that is truly beautifully horrifying.

    If you have never read any Saville, this is a good read. A little confusing in the first bit, but stick with it, it all comes together and will leave you with that WOW feeling.

    Also, a warning.... this author is pretty graphic. If gory descriptions bother you, this is not the book for you.

    Otherwise, I just want to thank Mr. Saville for another great read. Can't wait for anything else you have stored in that wonderfully macabe mind of yours!

    -- SPeeD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Ok read

    Slow having to crawl through chapters and pages of verbage.good story but slow going.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

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    Blistering and Dark

    An early work - The Last Angel (or The Secret Life of Colours as originally released) - is a visceral and kaleidoscopic piece of writing that batters the senses with imagery, the depth and quality of which revels in its own blinding focus.

    Ostensibly a tale of redemption, the story sees Native American Cop-turned-PI Gabriel Rush battle his tortured soul for victory over the twisted malice of the Trinity Killer, a face from the past bent on revenge and hijacked by the angry heart of an Angel that witnessed a young man's death. Rush's colleagues must also fight to track down the Killer and the Watcher, a copycat of sorts, who is driven by his own very personal demons from the original killing.

    Into this dazzling array of splintered hopes and shattered dreams Gabriel immerses himself into the arms of the City, New York in all its glory and described in eye-watering detail as it drags our cast of characters to and fro across its surface to a dizzying climax atop St Malachi's where it all began, three painful years ago.

    Written around the same time as Outcasts, this story shares the former's Dark, haunting melodies of a fractured City, so alive beneath the façade of normality - but instead of pouring the anger and bitterness beyond the protagonist's capacity, The Last Angel offers Rush the chance to move forward with his soul and end the madness that threatens both his and the City's soul.

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