: Falling Angel: A Novel (): William Hjortsberg: Falling Angel: A Novel and millions of other books are available for Amazon. 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. To show you what I mean, let’s turn today’s spotlight on William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel. The inspiration for Alan Parker’s film Angel Heart.

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It seems that Favorite was a practitioner of the dark arts and supposedly conjured up the devil during a Black Mass. Hjoortsberg Print by Ramsey Campbell And, as Angel pursues the case, he feels the influence of these forces. Harry fails to abide by a number one rule Your Place in Obl Murder Workshops and Presentations.

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As an added concern, I can usually stomach almost any gruesome development that I read in a crime novel, but in this case there’s a scene that totally grossed me out. The seediness and the grit of it just does wonders for me. I write crime fiction, and I love to talk about it, so please share your thoughts!

The last thing he should be doing is having his astrology chart configured or have a gypsy read his palm or have a psychoanalyst View all 4 comments. Supernatural horror set amongst the rough and tough streets of NY with a hardboiled dick as our guide into madness? Given all that, and the fact that the key plot twist is telegraphed a little early, this is one hell of a twisty plot as everyone eventually gets their due.


I find such interesting books to add to my TBR list. If the worst thing you can say about a book is that someone made a pretty good movie out of it, then that’s probably a pretty safe recommendation. This was incredibly disappointing to me the first time I read Falling Angel.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review

The Bastard “Art” of Horror Oh and this was the basis for the movie Angel Heart which pretty much follows the book faithfully. Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg. View all 32 comments. I like how the relationship between Harry and a lady love are better explored in written form, with more scenes and better fleshed out.

I’m Younger Than That Now. All images, unless otherwise noted, are the property of their respective copyright owners. Falling Angel is a horror novel by William Hjortsberg. What’s holding him back? Hjortsberg plays us just as subtly and just as thoroughly as his characters play one another. View all 9 comments. On the other hand, the movie won on keeping the big secret longer.

Oct 02, Ben Loory rated it it was amazing. Never read the book, though. I picked this one up thanks to recommendations from Goodreads fapling I normally do not veer into the straight up mystery genre.

William Hjortsberg ‘Falling Angel’ Review – Horror Novel Reviews

Then, he disappeared from the hospital. For my review of this book, please click here still on Goodreads but different edition of the book! Angel interviews a cast of hjoetsberg and the story seems to take on a run of the mill “interview and look for loopholes in the story” plot.


A spellbinding novel of hjortsnerg, mystery, and the occult, Falling Angel pits a tough New York private eye against the most fearsome adversary a detective ever faced. Apr 16, Timothy Mayer rated it nagel was amazing Shelves: In the mist dark figures move and twist Was all this for real, or just some kind of hell?

The author also turns an excellent phrase on virtually every page. Thanks for that perspective. Love when that happens!

View zngel 12 comments. They may be out of print but they’re easily obtained. This book deserves all the praise that’s been heaped on it. I wish I had read this book before seeing the movie “Angel Heart”.

The story was also peppered hjortsherg a bit of dry humor, which I always enjoy. All text except quotes is the property of Will Errickson and should not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission from the author.

The occasional gruesome murder that seems to dog Angel keeps the story I really liked this book.

First, he tries to speak to the doctor at the hospital where Favorite was a patient. Talk about plot twist! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: On that subject, it sounds like the author did his homework.