Friday, 1 November 2013

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg


"A carnival of death. Step right up and see the voodoo death ceremony!"

If, like me, you love a hard boiled noir detective and/or supernaturally themed novel, the you must drop what you're doing and go out and get yourself a copy of this book. For once, the quotes on the cover deliver on their promises!
This book perfectly marries the seedy underworld of the gumshoe with the seedy underworld, well,  of the underworld. The perfect example of how you should never judge a book by it's really uninspired looking cover, Hjortsberg's novel is a gem.
Apparently the book was adapted as the film Angel Heart, starring Robert De Niro and Mickey Rourke in 1987. I've yet to see the film, so can make no comment as to the accuracy of its adaptation, other than to say I really want to see it now!
A sultry young mambo, a world weary private detective and a quest to find the missing Johnny Favourite-the war wounded crooner, bad dreams, curses, chants, grisly murders and a lot of questions to be answered - even the plot drips with anticipation. Throw in the shadowy figure of Louis Cyphre and you are in for a real page turner. Now which way are those crosses facing and hide your babies!
5 out of 5, those voodoo people sure know how to party.

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