In Angel's Gate, Dick Henry is drawn into a case involving an aging but still amorous Los Angeles movie mogul named Howard Hogue, who keeps a stable of twenty-plus young starlets available for his highly ritu-alized and private attentions. Read more...
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In Angel's Gate, Dick Henry is drawn into a case involving an aging but still amorous Los Angeles movie mogul named Howard Hogue, who keeps a stable of twenty-plus young starlets available for his highly ritu-alized and private attentions. . . .
Henry is retained by the sister of a young woman who has gone missing and soon he is becoming friendly with Devi Stanton, the "housemother" to the starlets. Despite Devi's morally questionable responsibilities, she is willing to help (and enjoy the company of ) the Short-cut Man, a relationship that will be crucial to his survival.
After Hogue's star director batters one of the star-lets in a drug-fueled romp, Henry is drawn into a deeper mystery from years past involving a haunting death on a boat and a missing screenplay written by what appears to be a local homeless man.
As he peels back layer upon layer of sordid Holly-wood history, Dick Henry must contend with crazed drug dealers, Hogue's personal doctor, crooked cops, private security henchmen, and Hogue himself, who is so powerful and bunkered in his movie-biz mil-lions that he is not intimidated by the ever-resourceful Henry. Amid a final showdown and genius plot twists, the Shortcut Man must outwit his opponents if he is to have any chance to survive.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-01-07
- Reviewer: Staff
At the outset of Sturges’s uneven third crime novel featuring L.A. fixer and ex-cop Dick Henry (after 2012’s The Tribulations of the Shortcut Man), Henry gets a disbarred attorney, who owes a client ,300, to pay up by threatening to expose that he’s practicing law without a license. But first Henry urinates on a ficus plant in the man’s office. Henry later employs a contact with horrific body odor to prevent another client from being scammed. Such humorous moments bring some relief from the many unpleasant people and their sordid crimes that preoccupy Henry in the course of the book—beginning with a psychotic and megasuccessful Hollywood director, who beats up, tortures, and then uses a gun to sodomize an unsuccessful actress. Fans of the screwball comedies made by the author’s celebrated film director father, Preston Sturges, will note that the son has taken a different path. Agent: Ryan Fischer-Harbage, the Fischer-Harbage Agency. (Feb. 26)