Summary and Reviews of
by Nicholas Guild
A news clipping about a grim murder in a Dayton motel shatters the lives of a father and son who share a prosperous New England law practice. The father suffers a fatal heart attack and the son, who had reluctantly chosen to forgo a career with a prestigious New York firm, succeeds him as the trustee of dark secrets.
Another brutal killing, this time in Philadelphia, then another in Atlanta, even more horrific, make it clear that these deaths are not linked by mere coincidence. Jim Kinkaid understands that he is inexorably linked to this campaign of terror, that his father's honor and his own life are threatened.
And so Jim begins his search, a dangerous journey that moves from Paris to San Francisco and deep into his own past. There he finds himself the target of an elusive killerclever, unforgiving, possibly insaneand just as heartbreakingly beautiful as she was before her youth was destroyed.
What others have said about Nicholas Guild's ANGEL
New York Times Book Review
December 24, 1995
Lonely guys in genre novels should know better than to get tangled up with women named Angel. But no, they are still falling for these belles dames sans merci; and in the case of a perversely romantic thriller like Nicholas Guild's ANGEL (Carroll & Graf, $22.95), the genre is all the better for it . . .Because of the intricacies of the plot, which examines the history of this dangerous young woman from several angles, Mr. Guild manages to refine that perennial noir theme of the Bad Girl. The almost languid grace of his writing also sets the measured pace of the storytelling, while wrapping the narrative in an atmosphere thick with sensuality. As thrillers go, this one's a luxury model.
September 25, 1995
In his first novel since the historical epic The Blood Star (1989), Guild returns to the contemporary thriller with a vengeance, spinning an intricate, wonderfully paced tale in which nearly every scene proves vital to the resolution, which peaks only in the novel's two final words . . . Memorable characterizations enhance this gripping yarn, which features two of the most frightening and ruthless killers in recent fiction.
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