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The Angel of Darkness

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “As winning a historical thriller as The Alienist . . . The reader keeps right on turning the pages.”—The New York Times

June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends—high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard; the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime—have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case.

But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children.

Once again, Caleb Carr proves his brilliant ability to re-create the past, both high life and low. Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel of Darkness is a tour de force, a novel of modern evil in old New York.

Praise for The Angel of Darkness
 
“A ripping yarn told with verve, intensity, and a feel for historical detail . . . Once again we are careening around the gaslighted New York that Carr knows, and depicts, so well.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Gripping . . . Carr is at his strongest, exploring the dark underside of the human psyche and ferreting out the terrors and tragedies that drive men—and women—to kill. . . . In Libby Hatch, Carr has created a villain whose cunning is nearly equal to his detectives’ crime-solving prowess. . . . The mystery is plotted with military precision.”USA Today
 
“[A] whopping thriller . . . Carr keeps us racing along with him to the very end.”The Washington Post Book World
 
“Fascinating . . . In a brilliant bit of historical casting, Clarence Darrow, a rising courtroom wizard from Chicago, turns up to defend the villain at a tense upstate New York murder trial.”Time

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 01, 1997 – The multitudes who enjoyed The Alienist are in for a surprise when they open this comfortable sequel to that mega-seller. Gone is the crisp, educated narration of New York Times reporter James Moore, replaced by the hotter, more ragged tones of former street urchin Stevie, a relatively minor figure in the first novel. That's a bold move on Carr's part--Conan Doyle never replaced Watson--but not too bold, as it cuts staleness. Otherwise, the novel retreads its predecessor's prowl through Olde New York and resurrects its catchy crime-busting crew of alienist Laszlo Kreizler and his carefully typecast assistants, as well as a flurry of historical figures (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Teddy Roosevelt, et al.) whose appearances again blend into the action like stones into cake batter. Why tinker with success? Carr doesn't really, though for variety's sake he takes Kreizler and company upstate for a spell as they gather evidence against the monstrous Libby Hatch, a serial killer whose kidnapping of an infant gets Kreizler on her trail and smack up against society's sentiments about the sanctity of women. Carr also offers some courtroom dramatics as Libby is put on trial, defended by Clarence Darrow. Like The Alienist, this is a talky thriller, paced less by its bursts of violence (culminating in the U.S. Navy invading Greenwich Village) than by its broodings--psychological, moral, legal--about the roots of evil. To experience it is to plunge into a meticulously reconstructed past where ideas count and where the principals take their time exploring them. Just so, readers will want to take their time exploring Carr's cleverly crafted sequel, a novel whose myriad pleasures exude the essence of intelligent leisure reading. 250,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour.

Customer Reviews

A good book but a poor e-book, causing the lose of a star

I enjoyed this book almost as much as Caleb Carr's The Alienist. He once again delivered vivid depictions of NYC as well as a foray into upstate New York without loosing the full development of his cast of characters. Although the book did seem to slow at times with somewhat repetitive and unnecessary scenes it still held me captive.

This would have been a four star book had it not been read virtually. The e-book was full of grammatical errors, misspelled words, and even short sections of incorrect transcription. A good chunk of the word 'that' was spelled 'what' so as I continued my reading I started to mentally make the substitution making the words flow more smoothly until I would come across an actual use of the word 'what' causing me to pause and even re-read parts. This automatic substitution on my part became a real problem when I would switch to another book requiring time to readjust to correct spellings. The "typos" throughout the book, typos being a generous word in this case, made the reading jarring at times not in a fashion intended by the author thus detracting from the book as a whole. I therefore recommend in this case the reading of the actual book not the e-book even if it may seem inconvenient to some, the book and author deserve that respect.

GOOD

Not as good as the ALIENIST.

Read "The Alienist" first to truely appreciate this "2nd child"

If you love a great author, not just for the fine art of story telling, but the agonizing attention to detail, you will love Caleb Carr. Starting with "The Alienist" is merely a suggestion as any great work stands alone just fine. But for greater context and insight into this deeply intertwined family of strangers, start at the beginning so you can enjoy more ah-ha's than huh's along the way.

Think of this 2nd effort as you would your 2nd child. With the wonder of childbirth no longer a surprise, the event is less amazing, but just as satisfying a gift.

Sadly the story ends here, just as abruptly as it began, so read slowly and enjoy..... Our kids grow up way too fast.

The Angel of Darkness
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Sep 16, 1997
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 768 Pages
  • Language: English
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