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Falling Angel (Dead Letter Mystery) by William Hjortsberg

By William Hjortsberg

For brand spanking new York deepest investigator Harry Angel, it's simply one other activity for the lacking individuals dossier. An enigmatic purchaser desires him to trace down well-known 40s crooner Johnny favourite. the matter is, the singer used to be final obvious in a health center upstate greater than fifteen years in the past. And Johnny's present whereabouts-and his fate-are shrouded in mystery.

With a path as chilly as stone, Angel delves into Favorite's murky previous, gaining knowledge of the singer had surprising connections to seamy carnival sideshows, black magic, and a grisly voodoo cult. And the deeper Angel digs, the extra he descends right into a darkish underworld, the place anyone as evil because the blackest of shadows holds all of the chilling answers.

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Byron crushed his cigarette out in the big ceramic ashtray on the counter, the ghost of a smile wrinkling his red, rouged lips. ‖ ―Please, Byron. Just go home now,‖ and it shouldn‘t have been so easy for him to get to her like that; Spyder braced her hands flat against the floor, the smooth, cold floor, and tried to remember if maybe she had forgotten her meds that morning. ‖ ―No,‖ she said. ‖ ―Sure, Spyder. If that‘s what you want. ‖ She didn‘t answer, stared down into her puddle of creepy crawlies until she heard his footsteps, a dramatic sigh, and then his footsteps and the cowbell over the door jangled loudly after him.

Carlton Hicks on drums, and they‘d opened for marginally better bands on the local hardcore circuit, two or three shows a month and the rest of their time spent picking fights with rednecks and skinheads, fucking their girlfriends; counterfeit anarchists scrounging bedlam in the sunset days of Reagan‘s America. Daria had never asked Pablo to teach her to play, had never had any particular interests in music or anything else creative. Sometimes she‘d talked about college; she hadn‘t dropped out, and her SAT scores had been decent enough, but there was never any money, never would be, and although there were loans, the thought of owing Uncle Sam twenty or thirty thousand for an undergrad degree had finally soured her on the idea.

The paper is completely covered, crazy loops and swirls, figure eights and broad smears from crayons skinned and rubbed furiously sideways. Psychedelic, her mother would say if she were here, or abstract, she would say, or impressionistic. A rainbow gutted, turned inside out, and she looks at the back of her dad‘s head, his hair dirty, almost to his shoulders now. There‘s nothing on the radio but country music stations and preaching stations, and she doesn‘t know the words to any of these songs.

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