Re: RARA-AVIS: Anyone read this?

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 20 Feb 2004

it's a clever little book, but if you've seen ANGEL HEART, the movie, you'll have the idea already.


--- William Denton <> wrote:
> 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.
> Bill
> --

===== Doug Bassett

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