Angel Baby: A Novel

Angel Baby: A Novel

by Richard Lange
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Overview

Angel Baby: A Novel by Richard Lange

**Winner of the International Association of Crime Writers' Dashiell Hammett Award**

A woman goes on the run in this intense and cinematic thriller by an award-winning writer.
To escape the awful life she has descended into, Luz plans carefully. She takes only the clothes on her back, a Colt .45, and all the money in her husband's safe. The corpses in the hallway weren't part of her plan.

Luz needs to find the daughter she left behind years earlier, but she knows she may die trying. Her husband is El Principe, a key player in a high-powered drug cartel, a business he runs with the same violence he has used to keep Luz his perfect, obedient wife.

With the pace and relentless force of a Scorsese film, ANGEL BABY is the newest masterpiece from one of the most ambitious and talented crime novelists at work today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316219846
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 165,862
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Richard Lange is the author of the story collection Dead Boys, which received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the novel This Wicked World. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2004 and 2011. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Angel Baby: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PeggyReads More than 1 year ago
First, I must thank the publisher for providing our book club with copies of this book in exchange for our honest feedback.   Angel Baby is the story of a young woman who left her baby daughter with relatives when she married a Mexican drug lord.  After 3 years, she has learned that she has made a mistake, and decides to leave Mexico and her husband to reunite with her daughter.  She has tried to leave him before, only to be brought back.  This time, she makes better plans, and she leaves better prepared (to include taking all of the money in her husband’s safe).  She ends up crossing the border with a surfer-type has-been.  They are being followed by a man her husband has sent to bring her back and a border patrolman who wants the money.  The author has done a great job of making the characters realistic – and I found myself hoping that everything would turn out OK for several of them.  The book started fast – and kept up the pace and I was able to finish it rather quickly.
Kiribear13 More than 1 year ago
Let me just say WOW! This book was phenomenal. I won this book in a first reads giveaway, but it was one that I gladly would have paid for by description alone. Angel Baby is based around a woman named Luz who is married to a Tijuana drug cartel key player, but runs away to try to get back to her daughter in the US. Many men for varying selfish reasons stand in her way between her frantic run for a life with her daughter. This book read like a movie. I was drawn into the story, there for every emotion. every scene. I could envision all of it happening before my eyes. The mother in me wanted to hate Luz for her selfish reason for abandoning her daughter and then to want to rip her from her life so she can have her back years later, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I found myself rooting for her the whole way, wanting her to make it, it was a gripping journey. Richard Lange (The brilliant author of this book, whom I just realized I hadn't given credit to yet), did an amazing job in capturing so many aspects of cartel life and Tijuana without overdoing it. He was able to transport me right there with each of the characters. There was definite lead up throughout the book to keep it interesting. I was thinking that I could guess what was going to happen next and he was great at throwing an unexpected curve ball just when I was playing into a path that seemed predictable. The descriptions of locations are enough for me to envision, but not over exaggerated to the point that I found my self skipping through text to get back to the good stuff. The actions was wonderfully dispersed throughout the book. Lange never left a dull moment, but still allowed for enough lead up to have the book keep it's hooks in you until the end. I honestly found myself staying up later, with my eyes barely open just to grasp another chapter. I am ecstatic that I was able to be introduced into Lange's writing and am looking forward to checking out his other novels! I highly recommend. An easy 5/5 at the very least, if not more. In a search for a cover photo I came across a hopefully true article that stated that Warner Brothers has already acquired writes to the book for making it into a movie! It was written so well, that I felt like it already was a movie, so I hope that it can be done as beautifully on screen!
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This newest book by Richard Lange is unlike most of the books I’ve read recently. Very dark, filled with people who have lived brutal lives, with the only driving forces apparently the accumulation of money and power, and their children. To say that corruption is rampant on every conceivable level in the Mexican towns where the main characters live is a vast understatement, and is taken for granted by all. Among the main characters is Luz, virtually held prisoner in the Tijuana mansion owned by Rolando, a man connected to the drug cartel who is known as el Principe, or The Prince. But though she may die trying, she is determined to somehow find a way to escape and be with her daughter for her upcoming fourth birthday. She had not seen the child for three years, and any effort she had made to escape was met with violence and even more stringent confinement. This time, having managed to break her addiction to pills, she appears to have succeeded, at no small cost, leaving with only the clothes on her back and the money she steals from her husband’s safe as well as the gun that accompanied it, and two dead bodies lying on the floor of the house. We soon meet Kevin Malone, 35 years old, who lives in LA and appears to be a typical surfer with scraggly blond hair, and who comes to Tijuana once or twice a month to drive a load of illegals across the border into the US at $500 each. Always in debt because of his gambling habit, he takes on other jobs that come his way, all equally illegal. Another principal player is Jeronimo Cruz, known as El Apache, who is hired by El Principe to find Luz and bring her back. The degree of brutality of which each of these is capable may vary greatly; they all are killers, but gradually each draws the reader’s empathy. Luz and Jeronimo are each loving parents, seeking only to be reunited with their children. A lesson they learn: Never love anything too much. Despite the relentless brutality with which the novel begins, it draws the reader in and is a true page-turner, especially in its final chapters. One somehow becomes inured to the cruelty and violence, and invested in the characters somehow being able to defeat the circumstances in which they find themselves. Recommended.
HaystackersWife More than 1 year ago
Fascinating read. I received this novel from Goodreads' First Reads Program. This novel was enthralling. I was constantly figuring out how it would end. I really liked Luz and Jeronimo -- and even Malone. I really wondered who would triumph. The main characters were fascinating and I was glad to find the author delved just enough into their backstory to make them jump off the page and into "real" life. I believe my heart was in my throat the entire time I was reading this book. Fascinating read. Has a mix of romance, mystery, and definitely lots of intrigue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angel Baby was a good, but not great, thriller. While characters had motivation, and most had something likable about them, none were developed well enough to make me care too much what happened to them. That said, a thriller is not necessarily supposed to be too heavy on character development, focusing more on action and suspense. In those areas the book did well, and kept the pages turning quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way below the standards of John Sandford, Lee Child, Charles McCarry, and the list goes on. Not worth the money.