The Angel of Darkness

The Angel of Darkness

Book - 1997
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In The Angel of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is 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. As the horror unfolds, Delmonico's still serves up wondrous meals, and a summer trip to the elegant gambling parlors of Saratoga provides precious keys to the murderer's past. At the same time, we go on revealing journeys into Stevie's New York, a place where poor and neglected children--then as now--turn to crime  and drugs at shockingly early ages. Peppered throughout are characters taken from real life and rendered with historical vigor, including suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton; painter Albert Pinkham Ryder; and Clarence Darrow, who thunders for the defense in a tense courtroom drama during which the sanctity of American motherhood itself is put on trial. Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel of Darkness is a tour de force, a novel of modern evil in old New York.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1997.
Edition: 1st trade ed. --
ISBN: 9780679435327
Branch Call Number: FIC Carr 3578au 1
FIC Carr
Characteristics: 629 p.


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Sep 05, 2018

An entertaining romp with historical figures thrown in. A page turner and a quick read. This too will be made into a TBS mini-series.

Mar 11, 2012

The second in a series of the "alienist" doctor and his band of NYC crime fights of the late 1800's. A bit preposterous at moments, but a delicious read just the same. I enjoy an easy read now and then...sheer entertainment, and lots of chuckles.

Nov 16, 2007

Another adventure with the same characters as Carr's earlier novel "The alienist" but somehow I found this one more accessible. It's told from the point of view of Stevie the doctor's assistant and intrepid carriage driver. It's fun to follow the investigation in this era before fingerprinting was accepted and forensics, criminal profiling and ballistics were sciences still in their infancies.


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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his team are back in a case that proves to be as mystifying and macabre as before. Kreizler, a child psychologist who is dealing with a police investigation into a child's death at his institute, agrees to investigate the abduction of the daughter of the Spanish consulate official in broad daylight. The trail leads to a woman named Libby Hatch, who has a shadowy past full of manipulation and murder. The story culminates in a courtroom in upstate New York, with Libby Hatch being defended by the famous lawyer Clarence Darrow, and where Kreizler must confront his significant doubts about himself in order to bring Libby to justice. This sequel to the Alienist is told through the eyes of Stevie, one of Kreizler's assistants: a new perspective that allows the returning characters to remain fresh and vibrant.

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