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Tom Reed is a crime reporter with The San Francisco Star whose superb journalistic skills earned him a Pulitzer nomination. But years later Reed's life is coming apart. His editor wants him fired. His wife has left him to wrestle with his demons. Alone, Reed is tormented by the fear he may have caused the suicide of an innocent man suspected of murdering a two-year-old girl.

Reed's friend on the case is legendary San Francisco homicide inspector Walt Sydowski, who has one of California's highest clearance rates. He is also a lonely widower haunted by the fact he cannot solve the girl's heartbreaking death. Both men grapple with the past while they race the clock to learn the truth behind several new abductions that have anguished the Bay Area in this acclaimed thriller set in the late 1990s.

©2000, 2013 Rick Mofina (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lia
  • 23-03-2018

Great Book

This is my second Rick Mofina book and both have been great books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to the very end. I'm not usually fond of police procedural's which involve civilians such as psychologists, counselors, writers, or otherwise, but this story is one of the exceptions and tracked the parallel - sometimes crossing - paths of Tom Reed, a journalist and crime reporter, and detective Sydowski. There is a murder and three kidnappings of children in a short space of time and clues are few and ambiguous. But the story is to be read not told about. What I can say is that all the characters were completely believable; people anyone might know and yet not boring because the story carries them forward. This story gives you a lot of threads and I had some idea how they might all tie together, but the details are what mattered. There is the minutest amount of graphic description of the first missing child who is found murdered. Other than that, the reader is pulled along by incredible suspense. The procedural aspects of both the police and the media rang very true and the drama was all in the murder, the kidnappings, and the efforts to get to the truth. Something I much prefer as opposed to drama in the personal lives of the characters. This isn't to say that some of the trials and tribulations of the characters aren't there. There is enough to make them feel real but not so much that they become more of the story than the story. I really loved both the main characters, Sydowski and Reed, different as they were. At times, I was a little reminded of Jeffrey Deaver books, but with a different intensity and a lot less gore - and I think I prefer this Mofina although i am a big fan of Jeffrey Deaver. I am generally not one of those 'can't put a book down' people but this is one book that I really didn't want to put down. It is a complex weaving of a lot of threads that just makes you want to get to the end to see how they will come together. But you don't want to get to the end either, because the read is so good you don't want it to end. Another plus is that the ending is a good one in that the book doesn't fizzle out as so many good stories tend to do before the end. Good to the last word. I got this book for free, but I'll be happy to spend some money on more Mofina books. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves a good detective story.

Christian Rummel was fantastic with the delivery of the story

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  • J. Giuliani
  • 30-08-2017

Good book but horrible topic

Would you listen to If Angels Fall  again? Why?

No. It was a solid book. Christian Rummel is the usual Master of this kind of story. It is very slow to get you invested, but after 3 or 4 hours it finally does hook you. But I have looked at the topic's of the next 4 books in this series. What is the author's fascination with sexually and physically abusing children? That is messed up. I will have to seriously think about continuing. Maybe I will just skip book 2 (more likely). I can understand doing the topic if you had a good idea, but why dwell on it with 2 books?

If you’ve listened to books by Rick Mofina before, how does this one compare?

This is the first book I have listened to.

What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

Chrisitan Rummel is in the top 3 Narrators out there along with Ray Porter, RC Bray. He is just a master of the craft and can even do decent voices so everything isn't in the same voice. When choosing a new book he is one of 5 authors that I click on and choose from their work because I know they don't do crappy books. I have never been disappointing with Rummel, Ray Porter (my favorite), RC Bray, Mark Boyett, or Scott Sigler (author and narrator of his own books).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, too long for 1 sitting.

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  • Wayne
  • 19-05-2017

Great suspense thriller by an author I had ...

...never heard of until Audible listener Shelley reviewed one of his books several weeks ago. This is the 5th novel by Rick Mofina I have listened to since. None have disappointed, or even come close!!

If Angels Fall is the first novel in the journalist Tom Reed and cop Walt Sydowski series. It is the first novel released by author Rick Mofina (in the year 2000). Mofina demonstrates his ability to sustain and build suspense to an incredible intensity, and to tell a great story.

Narrator Christian Rummel does a great job. For a man with a deep voice he is absolutely marvelous with the voices of women and children.

I highly recommend this novel and this series as well as the novels in Mofina's Jason Wade series.

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  • Jacqueline Landry
  • 12-06-2018

An exciting surprise!

I bought this older title on a whim in the recent 75% off sale. I wasn't expecting more than a few hours' distraction. Instead, it ended up being a very nice and exciting chase to save children from a psychotic killer. Well written, and the narrator was on point, especially the children's voices. I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a nice suspense/thriller.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-06-2018

Of Angels Fall

Action packed! Sit on the edge of your seat all the way through! Even the ending was nerve racking!!

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  • S. DeJaeger
  • 14-04-2018

Great Book

This keeps you entertained from beginning to end. Lots of characters but twists & turns keep you on track. Enjoy!

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  • Advocate
  • 07-01-2018

it heart wrenching

love it the details were very deep and details. wonder if based on true story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-12-2017

Unbelievable I can't say enough. Grips your soul..I hope there be sequel s .I am a new fan. Thanks so much for the chance to to.

Unbelievable! This book will grip your soul. Change how one feels about news reporters as well as the kids , family, police, and all the people that makes up law e enforcement officers. I am legally blind. Audible means so much to me. Belinda Young

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 02-12-2017

TENSE THRILLING TO THE END

IF ANGELS FALL by Rick Mofina
Tense thrilling plot,especially when it centers around children . Tom Reed consumed by the missing children, to the extent of losing himself, and family. Walt mourns, what he failed to do, to solve the girl's murder.The clues mount, but no leads. The one who has taken them, what was his motive. A tragic event, triggered for him to re inact what happened years before. Gripping suspense carries you to the end of book, will all be resolve, children reunited or not. Families strengthen, or totally broken. Great book, listened to audio which was excellent in narration.

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  • Gilli
  • 23-10-2017

Good Story

I enjoyed the overall story but it seemed to drag at times. Good for an easy read.