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The Angel Of Darkness

by Caleb Carr

Random House Publishing Group | May 27, 1998 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Angel Of Darkness is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
In one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the year, Caleb Carr-- bestselling author of The Alienist--pits Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his colleagues against a murderer as evil as the darkest night. . . .

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 768 pages, 6.89 × 4.04 × 1.24 in

Published: May 27, 1998

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345427637

ISBN - 13: 9780345427632

Found in: Historical

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than dinner at Delmonico's. The follow-up to Caleb Carr’s The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness is anything but a disappointment when compared to its predecessor. Our story opens up in Manhattan in 1897, just one year after psychologist Dr. Kreizler and his team apprehended the late boy-killer, John Beecham. After the horrors of the Beecham case, Kreizler and the rest of his motley crew- New York Times reporter John Moore; suffragette Sara Howard; the detectives Isaacson; driver Cyrus Montrose; and his young charge, Stevie “Stevepipe” Taggert- attempt to go back to their former ways of life before catching the killer, and for a while, it seems to the characters that all may finally be well in the state of New York. However, when the wife of a Spanish diplomat reports her daughter’s kidnap to Howard, the gang regroups to reunite mother and daughter- but discover prosecuting the accused is easier said than done. To allot for the court case, the story focuses moreso on the trial and conviction of the killer, instead of the killer's capture. For those of us who have read The Alienist, we are well aware of the riveting plot narrated by John Moore; however, The Angel of Darkness offers us a twist: it is voiced by Stevie Taggert. In contrast to the wordy, educated tone in which the prequel is written, Stevie’s narration offers a grittiness not present before. Raised on the streets of Manhattan, we get a glimpse into his formerly tormented life, and it ads a personality that The Alienist did not provide. To add to this, since Stevie is young and possesses a somewhat lacking lexicon, The Angel of Darkness is a much faster read than its counterpart. In keeping with Carr’s historical background, prominent historical figures once again make cameos, (including suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton and defence attorney Clarence Darrow,) so for all you history buffs out there, this book definitely does not disappoint. Though the plot of The Angel of Darkness is often more grimy than that of The Alienist due to Stevie’s vivid descriptions of the streets of Manhattan, it is broken up by bouts of text concerning Stevie’s love interest, Katherine “Kat” Devlin. A troubled girl, Kat was brought up on the streets in a manner similar to Stevie, but turned to prostitution instead of robbery, and cocaine (referred to as “burny” in the novel) instead of tobacco, Stevie’s vice. Their tragic yet somewhat innocent love affair seems somewhat childlike and immature, but is necessary for the novel to remain readable. An all-around great read, The Angel of Darkness provides the reader with a roller-coaster of a story with many personable characters. I am tempted to say that it may not make the greatest summer read due to its dark content, but the book is so well-constructed that one would forget the summer heat when submerged in 1897’s Manhattan. This book is DEFINITELY one to be bought, not borrowed, and it is totally worth a second or even third read- a perfect ten.
Date published: 2010-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than first... Maybe it's because I'm a woman, or more likely it's just the subject matter, but I found The Angel of Darkness to be a better read than its prequel, The Alienist. I especially like the way Carr used a different narrator to recount the story...and the clever way he (or Stevie) made Moore seem whiney and pathetic in contrast to the intelligent hero he portrayed in the first book.
Date published: 2001-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Excellent. While reading this book, it totally draws you into the storyline. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. I have yet to read the prequel and am looking forward to it. Read this book, you will not regret it!
Date published: 1999-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun -- if flawed -- sequel The unlikely investigative team assembled in 'The Alienist' is back for another tour through the darker sides of the human psyche -- and, not incidentally, the equally mean streets of New York City circa 1897. Unfortunately, the linear plot structure that was so compelling in Carr's earlier novel -- the sense of spiralling deeper and deeper into the mind of a killer -- is more or less abandoned here. The murderer's name, motives and means are worked out in the first hundred pages, leaving the author to move the plot forward via his penchant for historical set pieces. Sometimes the results are spectacular (a courtroom battle with Clarence Darrow) and sometimes not (a subplot involving an 'aborigine' in evening clothes). Also the narrator's vocabulary swings widely from near-illiterate to Oxfordian. But even at it's worst this is a page-turner, and a chance to spend time with some of the most engaging characters ever created for a historical mystery series.
Date published: 1999-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent sequel! This is an excellent sequel to "The Alienist." Written in a different perspective, this book draws the reader in deeper and deeper as this mayhem and murder story unfolds. A good recommendation for anyone interested in life in the late 1800's.
Date published: 1999-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Angel of Darkness When this author reunites the characters from The Alienist, he does so superbly with a mission of the utmost importance — tracking down and catching another serial killer. But this time, they’re hunting a woman who kills her own children and the babies of others. Worst of all, she isn’t even suspected of wrong-doing. A truly deplorable woman who gives even the monsters of today a good name. Compares to Mark Frost, John Saul and Joseph Finder.
Date published: 1999-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angel of Darkness A bit slow to start, this becomes an absorbing tale of crime and treachery, drawing the reader into the dark and seedy underbelly of New York at the turn of the century. The narrator, Stevie "Stevepipe" Taggert, is a former street urchin who has been taken in by renowned psychologist, Dr. Kreizler. Taggert and the doctor track a very cagey and ruthless murderer throughout the streets of Lower Manhattan. Very well researched -- evident in its seamless and well-crafted style.
Date published: 1999-03-01

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The Angel Of Darkness

by Caleb Carr

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 768 pages, 6.89 × 4.04 × 1.24 in

Published: May 27, 1998

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345427637

ISBN - 13: 9780345427632

From the Publisher

In one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the year, Caleb Carr-- bestselling author of The Alienist--pits Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his colleagues against a murderer as evil as the darkest night. . . .

From the Jacket

In one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the year, Caleb Carr-- bestselling author of The Alienist--pits Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his colleagues against a murderer as evil as the darkest night. . . .

About the Author

Caleb Carr was born in Manhattan and grew up on the Lower East Side, where he still lives. He attended Kenyon College and New York University, earning a degree in history. In addition to fiction, Mr. Carr writes frequently on military and political affairs and is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. His previous books include The Alienist and The Devil Soldier. He has also worked in television, film, and the theater.

From Our Editors

In one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the year, Caleb Carr-- bestselling author of The Alienist--pits Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his colleagues against a murderer as evil as the darkest night