Falling Angel

Falling Angel

by William Hjortsberg


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ISBN-13: 9781453271131
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 504,516
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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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“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


Hjortsberg lives with his family in Montana. He is originally from New York City.

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Falling Angel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Killick More than 1 year ago
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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Darker and -even- harder than the movie, several passages full of odd characters and creepy situations missing in Alan Parker's widely underrated work.
datrappert on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Incredible noir detective story is compelling, disgusting (at least to my wife), and unforgettable. If you haven't had the chance to read it, and better yet, if you have no idea what it is about, just plunge in. Don't read anything on the cover or the internet or anywhere. Just prepare to be enthralled.The book is far superior to the film version, Angel Heart. Maybe somebody should take another shot at it.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I'm a huge fan of noir crime fiction, and someone recommended this book as one I'd like in that genre. And sure enough, it held up as a fine noir novel. There's the private detective, Harold Angel, working out of a crappy little office, dressed sloppily, with stains on his tie; places that people wouldn't go to after dark; a private hospital in the country, characters involved in the dark world of voodoo and black magic etc. etc. And Angel's been hired by someone to find a missing singer who's been in said hospital but has disappeared. With only a few leads, he's off. But the closer I came towards the end, the more I realized that there's something just a wee bit off kilter here and then I got the surprise of my life. Talk about plot twist! So I won't spoil the book for others by going into any further detail here, but I will say that if you like a touch of the supernatural in your fiction, then you've got to add this to your reading stack. Very well done.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a fifteen year old girl who wants to have nook sex with any body