I’m a big movie fan, especially of the Golden Age of Hollywood so I was intrigued to read Angel of The Abyss by Ed Kurtz.
Graham Woodard, a film restorer in Boston, receives a phone call from L.A., asking him to come to the west coast and work on the restoration of an infamous, and thought to be lost, silent movie. The Angel of the Abyss is the Holy Grail of lost films and it’s star, Grace Baron disappeared after filming, adding to the intrigue.
Woodard heads to L.A. but soon finds he is involved in a business in which the body count is rising faster than a Spielberg opening weekend box office.
It soon appears that a race is on between the restorer and whoever it is trying to keep the film under wraps.
Kurtz tells the story from three character POVs and in two timelines. We switch between the present time and 1926 when Grace Baron was filming her one and only film role. The author does the time switch well. The dialogue from the 20s zings like a Capra movie and I got a real sense of place from his prose. I also enjoyed the thriller taking place in the current timeframe, but the one thing that did irk me about the book was the extra viewpoint character, Graham’s friend Jake. Without giving away any of the plot, I do understand why he used him, but I wish he had found another way around it as it spoils an otherwise brilliant novel for me.
Having said that, if you enjoy fast-paced thrillers and are a fan of the movies you could do worse than pick up a copy of Angel of the Abyss.
N.B. Apologies for the poor quality of this review but I am having fibro-fog day and finding words is difficult.