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Angel's Gate (Shortcut Man #3)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Our hero Dick Henry--aka the Shortcut Man--becomes involved in a case featuring an aging but still amorous Los Angeles movie mogul named Howard Hogue who keeps a stable of young starlets available for his highly ritualized attentions. Retained by the sister of a young woman who has gone missing, Henry becomes friendly with Connie Cielo, the "housemother" to the starlets. D ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Scribner (first published February 1st 2013)
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Jun 14, 2013 Still rated it it was amazing
I've had this on pre-order for a month. The previous entries in the "Dick Henry" series have been intensely entertaining reads and this 3rd entry can't be anything less than spectacular.
I can't wait to own this novel.
Writers like P. G. Sturges make me glad to be alive!
Jun 14, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it
Solid 4+ stars. I read this in two days. It is very entertaining. The writing style is very good.

Here is my complaint: It is very well written and has a captivating and complex plot; however, at several critical junctures Sturges has the protagonist do something that is so far over the top that it is unbelievable. What is frustrating, to me, is that the situation could have been handled with interesting action that would have been believable. The way these situations are plotted consistent with
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Dec 31, 2013 Christian Duchateau rated it really liked it
The Shortcut Man just keeps getting better. This is P.G. Sturges' best yet.
Mar 11, 2013 Ethan rated it really liked it
I honestly had no idea what to expect as I began reading Angel's Gate by author p.g. sturges. Described as a kind of tongue-in-cheek, noir novel, I was initially attracted by the thought of a good mystery. Set in Los Angeles, the novel follows the story of shortcut man Dick Henry. A former cop, Henry now goes around town, "getting things done" for the illustrious characters who occupy Hollywood. We first gain a glimpse into his work when he retrieves a client's money from a fraudulent lawyer. Af ...more
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Oct 25, 2013 Dewayne Stark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 24, 2014 David Green rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Sturges. This might be my favorite of the 3. or was it just the one I read last. My only problem with the book is him saying Canter's has the best pastrami. Everyone knows it's Langer's. How are we supposed to trust Dick if he doesn't know that.
Nov 26, 2013 Stuart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This wasn't a great book. The author was (in my opinion) trying to create a character and voice like the old 1930's private eye. But the book is set in the 21st century, and the voice and the actions didn't hold up for me. The hero, known as "the shortcut man", starts off trying to find a missing starlet in Hollywood, but gets involved in a vice network that supports a film studio king. Events are not very believable, and spiral out of control. Maybe it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek? Either wa ...more
May 20, 2013 Donald rated it really liked it
Another Shortcut Man novel leaves a certain tingling in my hand! Dick is back, and trouble finds him, as per usual! This tale wasn't quite as rip-roaring as the last, but I still enjoyed it! And I loved the trading around of the ficus! Nice! I did not, however, like the negativity toward mail carriers, as I happen to be one. And I am not at all like the ones described herein. Still, good novel, and I eagerly await the next!
Sep 21, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
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.
May 12, 2013 Jayw added it
Hollywood big wigs abuse starlets, angle for blackmail and stab each other in the back at every opportunity. The shortcut man, Disk Henry, is hired by by the sister of a missing starlet.
Mar 02, 2013 Sgorman10 rated it it was amazing
Sturges continues to impress with his "Shortcut Man" series - I anxiously awaited this to publish and devoured it in 2 days.
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Dec 03, 2013 Jim Willse rated it really liked it
As good as Junior Bender, maybe better. Maybe.
Mar 14, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it
My favorite so far - can't wait for the next one.
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The Mystery, Crim...: *Giveaway* Angel's Gate by p.g. sturges 1 7 Mar 14, 2013 02:29PM  
Preston G. Sturges. Jr. is an author and screenwriter born into a Hollywood family. He's the son of the famed Hollywood screenwriter and director, Preston Sturges, responsible for such classics as "Sullivan's Travels." He died when the author was just six years old but the two share a love of quirky characters and screwball plots. P.G. Sturges grew up amongst the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Shortcut Man (4 books)
  • Shortcut Man
  • Tribulations of the Shortcut Man (Shortcut Man, #2)
  • Ipso Fatso - A Shortcut Man Novel (The Shortcut Man Series Book 4)

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