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In noir, you go to Hell forever. “Angel Noir” is horror / crime / suspense from the author of THE BLONDE IN THE RED CORVETTE, CREEPIER THAN A WHOREHOUSE KISS, and TIGHT FIT IN A LONG COLD BOX. “You can’t kill an angel, fallen or otherwise.” What if Angels had free will? What if they had vengeance in their heart?

They met one night at the Rowdy Yates Cantina near the California-Nevada stateline. She drank mezcal tequila and played lead guitar in an all-girl hard rock band. He was a serial killer with a baker’s dozen under his belt. She could have been just a ditsy, sickly blonde in dreadlocks living alone in a rusty trailer in the Mohave Desert. He prowled the Interstates west of the Rockies giving into his urges and rage. Face to face, eye to eye and belly to belly, they were both dead wrong about each other.

“Wrestling with your angel might be another form of foreplay.” Intense themes. Intense situations. Language and violence. Not for the squeamish.

ANGLE NOIR is available from Amazon.


My name is Fred Zackel and I am a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I spent many years in California. I was discovered by the award winning novelist Ross MacDonald at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference in 1975. He became my mentor and urged me to write “something serious, like detective fiction.” Like my mentor, I earned a Ph.D. in English. I currently teach American Literature at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I published my first novel, COCAINE AND BLUE EYES, in 1978 and it was followed by CINDERELLA AFTER MIDNIGHT. Both novels feature my San Francisco private detective, Michael Brennen. In 1983 the TV movie “Cocaine & Blue Eyes” was aired on NBC. Since then I am actively writing in other genres besides the mystery and detective, and I have a variety of stories available here at Amazon.