Winner of the International Association of Crime Writers’ Dashiell Hammett Award
A woman goes on the run in this intense and cinematic thriller by an award-winning writer.
To escape the awful life she has descended into, Luz plans carefully. She takes only the clothes on her back, a Colt .45, and all the money in her husband’s safe. The corpses in the hallway weren’t part of her plan.
Luz needs to find the daughter she left behind years earlier, but she knows she may die trying. Her husband is El Principe, a key player in a high-powered drug cartel, a business he runs with the same violence he has used to keep Luz his perfect, obedient wife.
With the pace and relentless force of a Scorsese film, Angel Baby is the newest masterpiece from one of the most ambitious and talented crime novelists at work today.
“When you find yourself rooting for the killer in a grisly crime novel, you know you’re in the hands of a real writer. Every character feels like flesh and bone.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Beautifully paced, deftly written . . . The novel consistently subverts our sense of right and wrong . . . Angel Baby is taut and vicious, unfurling like a rumba of rattlesnakes.” —Los Angeles Times
“The story is thrilling and cinematic, told as one long chase scene. . . Angel Baby is intense, extreme and definitely grimy and readers will find that’s a good thing.” —CNN
“There are books—like Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men and Nic Pizzolatto’s Galveston—that open with a tigger-snap of trouble and blast forward with the propulsive force of a bullet and never stop moving. Angel Baby is one of them. . . . This novel about an escape is the perfect summer escape. Lange proved his poetic grit with Dead Boys and This Wicked World, but Angel Baby puts him in a new category: crime boss.” —Esquire
“Angel Baby is a bone-crushing nightmare parable: bad people doing the wrong things for love.” —Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine
Richard Lange is the author of the story collection Dead Boys, which received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the novel This Wicked World. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2004 and 2011. He lives in Los Angeles.