RARA-AVIS: Anyone read this?

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 19 Feb 2004

>From BOOK LUST (2003) by Nancy Pearl, one of those "best books" or "what
to read next if you liked ___" books:

| I couldn't sleep for days after I read William Hjortsberg's FALLING
| ANGEL, which I'd been lured (by an unscrupulous friend) into thinking
| was a aymond Chandleresque private-eye novel. It isn't. It might
| share all the conventions of the hardboiled mystery genre, but the
| plot--the search for a missing singer in 1950s New York--is animated by
| supernatural evil, and the denouement is stunning and disturbing.

The title's been mentioned on the list, but never with a review. It came out in 1978, and was made into the movie ANGEL HEART (which I avoided) in the late eighties. Is it as good as Pearl says? I see that No Exit has it in print.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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