Angel's Gate by p.g. sturges
A Shortcut Man Novel

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The latest novel in the acclaimed Shortcut Man series is a rousing tale of sex, sleaze, and salvation in the City of Angels that’s “filled with enough dark humor and shady characters to satisfy the most rabid noir fan” (Associated Press).

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. Despite Connie’s morally questionable responsibilities, she is willing to help (and enjoy the company of) the Shortcut Man.

After Hogue’s star director assaults one of these women in a drug-fueled romp, Henry is drawn into a deeper mystery from years past involving a mysterious death on a boat and a missing screenplay written by what appears to be a 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 unfazed by the resourceful Henry.

A wry and rollicking read, Vexations of the Shortcut Man proves that p.g. sturges is “one of the cleverest and funniest new writers to grace the mystery genre in quite some time” (

About p.g. sturges

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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.
Published February 26, 2013 by Scribner. 370 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Shortcut Man is back once more, and he quickly becomes mired in more than one case of sex, drugs, blackmail and--what else?--murder.

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At the outset of Sturges’s uneven third crime novel featuring L.A. fixer and ex-cop Dick Henry (after 2012’s The Tribulations of the Shortcut Man), Henry gets a disbarred attorney, who owes a client $

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As the cover of ANGEL’S GATE hastens to tell us, this is “A Shortcut Man Novel.” What does a shortcut man do?

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