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Angel's Gate: A Shortcut Man Novel Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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The first few chapters are a bit confusing as each one introduces different characters and points of view. Fortunately, the setup is made clearer as each character develops into unique individuals. Without giving too much of the plot away, the novel basically follows Henry as he is thrust into a large conspiracy, lead by the womanizing head of a large movie studio. When one of the studio executives "stars" is brutally beaten and sexually abused, Henry is called in to help clean up the mess. All parties involved, including a disgruntled producer, violent director, former Nazi doctor, and a women who's job is to take care of all the studio head's women, struggle to keep the incident a secret, for fear of losing their jobs and plush Hollywood lifestyle that they have grown accustomed to.
I although it took a little while to get going, I ended up being totally engrossed in this novel. sturges writes with a confidence and lightness that really lends itself well to this kind of noir story. This novel definitely has some graphic scenes, but all are presented in a light-hearted way that never glorifies the violence. The strong characters, multiple intersecting plots, and sturge's sharp wit, all culminate into an entertaining and surprisingly satisfying read.
Sturges's books are a not-so-guilty pleasure. He's the son of Golden Era movie director Preston Sturges, so his bona fides as a Hollyweird "insider" are pretty much above reproach. And he uses his knowledge to full effect in his "Shortcut Man" books.
This entry's a bit more complicated and convoluted than the prior two, but every bit as much fun. Babes and guns galore; celebrity misbehavin'; Henry's sense of justice as the knight in rusty armor, doing the "right thing" even when it costs him. Ya gotta love this guy!
Get it. Enjoy.
If you live here in L.A. you will relish all the local spots his characters visit and inhabit. And if you don't live here, know that all the locations he uses are real places in the city. From Canter's Deli, Wilshire Blvd, the La Brea Tar Pits, Pink's Hot Dogs to the art deco apartments. Very little is "thinly" disguised here. There are a few places that, as Ralph Story would say, "Aren't here anymore." Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset Blvd is now an Italian Restaurant (I know, redundant in L.A. - another Italian restaurant??) and the Dunkin' Donuts where Dick Henry's quest begins is now a Yum Yum Donuts.
Even if you haven't read his first two Dick Henry novels you won't have any trouble diving into this story. It starts with an innocuous search for a missing actress for Dick and leads to quite a cast of characters and more than Dick bargained for.
I love that his endings are never quite so pat. This one is no different. Not all the ends are tied up in a pretty little bow. I like ragged endings and this one comes through. I won't give you the synopsis, I see a few reviewers have done that. Why spoil the story for you?
Any good Hollywood story has its share of obnoxious (and wealthy) producers and directors, as well as aspiring actresses who do their best work on their backs. So it is with Angel's Gate. A producer (Melvin Shea) plays the role of part-time pimp and drug dealer, supplying the roguish studio head (Howard Hogue) with cocaine to snort and actresses to shag, including Rhonda Carling. Badly behaving director Eli Navaria is notorious for abusing women. Devi Stanton, a tattoo-covered ex-Marine and current housemother at Ivanhoe Studios (Howard's place), is a less conventional character. She gets into a bit of trouble involving Melvin, Eli, and Rhonda, and needs the sort of cleanup help that only someone like the Shortcut Man can provide.
The novel's second plotline involves Ellen Arden, whose sister hasn't heard from her in years. The Shortcut Man is hired to find her. That plot thread appears early in the novel and then submerges until it resurfaces at the very end. Naturally, the two stories are connected in an unlikely way. The connection is a little too cute but it's not completely outrageous.
The Shortcut Man is Dick Henry, an ex-cop and "freelance opportunist" who specializes in solving problems in unconventional ways. Henry isn't the sort of morally stalwart hero who struggles to make ethical choices, although he occasionally struggles with just how unethical he wants to be. Should be earn a fee by blackmailing a bad guy? He has to think about that one.Read more ›
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The series that started out great, continues to get better. The best part about tagging along with Dick Henry is being able to inhabit the sleazy, violent side of L.A. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew
Totally engrossing and almost got me fired from my job... I couldn't put it down.Published 16 months ago by Kurt D
The plot is as good as the prior two installments of the short cut man. Mr.Sturges makes me want to put sunblock on before reading cause I feel like I am riding along with Mr. Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by Michael W Kaplan
Just a very fun and fast, light read!!!!!! Why do I have to say more than this???? What a pain in the ass.....Published on February 15, 2014 by Jackson Boylan
Sort of an Elvis Cole type character, but even funnier. Good pacing & lots of action. There are three books in the Shortcut Man series (so far). Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by BigGuy
I checked out this author based on a recommendation by Michael Connelly ... can't wait for the next one !Published on January 14, 2014 by Cynthia Phillips
Great series - this is the 3rd book in the series - love the shortcut man - can't wait the next installment. Thank you Michael Connelly for the tip about this author.Published on January 11, 2014 by Stephen A. Sturdevant