An acknowledged cult classic, Bill Pronzini makes a convincing argument that Black Wings Has My Angel is really a literary novel operating under the guise of a crime novel. The book is less about plot than the completely convincing characterizations.
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Elliot Chaze was a well-regarded novelist and newspaper man who lived in the Mississippi area. His two forays into crime fiction, Black Wings Has My Angel and Wettermark, are considered classics. Joe Sevello is n illustrator whose covers for crime novels have received much admiration. He is perhaps best known for the covers he did for Dennis McMillan publications.Review:
An astonishingly well written literary novel that just happened to be about (or roundabout) a crime. --Oxford American
The protagonist, ex-convict Tim Sunblade, is a quintessential antihero, an unrepentant bastard who executes a daring armed-car robbery in Colorado with the help of a call girl, Virginia, whom he picked up in a backwoods Mississippi motel. The details of the crime and its aftermath are vividly described, and the love-hate relationship between Sunblade and the woman and the demons in both that lead to their downfall are masterpieces of dark-side character development. --Bill Pronzini, Mystery File
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