Angel's Gate: A Shortcut Man Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 26, 2013 - Fiction - 368 pages
7 Reviews
The latest rousing tale of sex, sleaze, and salvation in the City of Angels, featuring Dick Henry, the Shortcut Man, by p. g. sturges, whom Michael Connelly calls “a worthy successor to Chandler”

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 ritu­alized 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 Short­cut Man, a relationship that will be crucial to his survival.

After Hogue’s star director batters one of the star­lets 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 Holly­wood 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 mil­lions 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.
  

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Review: Angel's Gate (Shortcut Man #3)

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

The Shortcut Man is a very good PI character. The first twp in the series, Shortcut Man and Tribulations of the Shortcut Man were much better than Angel's Gate. That said, it was an enjoyable read about the weasels and wankers in Hollywood. Read full review

Review: Angel's Gate (Shortcut Man #3)

User Review  - Stuart - Goodreads

This book is written to be in the style of the 1930's hard boiled detective stories, but fails completely. perhaps it's too modern... Anyway I gave up. Read full review

Contents

Justice in the Morning
3
Kneepads
9
Motivation
12
Little Melvin Prevails
17
The Horizontal Mambo
22
The Golden Gun
27
Devi 54
34
King Sunny Considered 58
38
Davis Algren
177
Burying the Hatchet
182
Angels Gate
194
Sullivans Troubles
198
Plop Factor
202
Rhonda Sylvette
208
Hearsay
211
The Pappam and the Cluddum
216

A Call in the Night
41
An Evening at the El Royale
49
A Very Dead Dog
77
Exposure and Intensity
79
Bad Law
80
With a Pan
85
Ficus in Focus
87
What Pussy Said
91
Monopsony
95
Redolent of Nature
97
Nine Ball
103
The Sins of Howard Hogue
108
Yawning of the Pit
115
A Million Dollars
116
Mr Hogue Will See You Now
125
A Regiment of Dummies 150
130
WellsFargo 154
135
Dick Rings the Coincidence Bell 158
138
Impound Blues
141
Rhonda ReduX
146
Meet Me in St Louis
151
A Call from On High
152
Acquisition Error
154
Angles and Angels
158
Himmler Calls
161
For the Benefit of Smokin Jack
165
A Rare Honor
166
Partners
170
Dead Certain
174
Viking Smoked Salt
219
A Sentence
223
In Memory of Betty Ann Fowler
225
A Package for Americas Favorite Granddad
228
Juan Valdez 251
231
Last Supper Interrupted 254
234
Ion Winds at the Edge of Time 258
238
An Olfactory Event
246
Lesbians and Communists
250
BrownSkinned Woman
255
Impervious
257
The Presence of God
261
All the Way to the Bing
265
Negative Buoyancy
267
Glastonbury
270
Where You Draw the Line
273
Prick Cop
275
Melvin Points a Gun
280
The Purview of His Expertise
286
Fifty Pieces of Silver
288
Magic Jack
296
All in the Wind 500
300
A Damn Shame 502
302
Last Man Standing 504
304
Palmettos in a 7D 506
307
If the House Came Down 511
311
Two Hispanics 514
315
Copycat 517
317
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p.g. sturges was born in 1953 in Hollywood, California. Punctuated by fitful interludes of school, he has subsequently occupied himself as a submarine sailor, a dimensional metrologist, a Christmas tree farmer, an optical metrologist, a musician, a songwriter, an author, a playwright, and a screenwriter.  

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