The Angel Of Darkness by Caleb CarrThe Angel Of Darkness by Caleb Carr

The Angel Of Darkness

byCaleb Carr

Mass Market Paperback | May 27, 1998

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—the brilliant hero of The Alienist, now a TNT original series—returns in a “whopping thriller” (The Washington Post) that showcases Caleb Carr “at his strongest” (USA Today).

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
Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, Killing Time, The Devil Soldier, The Italian Secretary, The Legend of Broken, and Surrender, New York. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater. His military and...
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Title:The Angel Of DarknessFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:768 pages, 6.86 × 4.12 × 1.24 inShipping dimensions:6.86 × 4.12 × 1.24 inPublished:May 27, 1998Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345427637

ISBN - 13:9780345427632

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A welcome return to old friends Kreizler and his cronies are at it again, this time on the trail of a child kidnapper. Voiced by Stevie Taggert this time, I did not enjoy it as much as The Alienist, but it is still MILES better than most of what else is out there. The murderer’s identity may come as a surprise to some but the route to the apprehension of same is as circuitous as we could wish for, and you will thoroughly enjoy the route. There is more character development as well as his attention to psychology, profiling, forensics and of course politics. It is a an engrossing read and I was sorry to turn the final page. It is better as a sequel but it can be read as a stand alone: personally I would recommend reading The Alienist first.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angel of darkness Loved the follow up , the story just got stronger as it came to an end
Date published: 2013-08-25
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

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

Editorial Reviews

“As winning a historical thriller as The Alienist . . . The reader keeps right on turning the pages.”—The New York Times “A ripping yarn told with verve, intensity, and a feel for historical detail . . . Once again we are careening around the gaslighted New York that [Caleb] 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 “Darkly compelling . . . vivid and enthralling.”—Entertainment Weekly “Suspenseful . . . Through the observations, discoveries, and confusions of his idiosyncratic detective squad, Carr deftly scrutinizes ‘the secret sins of American society’ and the perpetual proposition that the greatest mystery is the human mind.”—Los Angeles Times “[An] adept mixture of period detail and psychological sleuthing . . . Filled with enough outsized personalities and sensational events to keep the most jaded tabloid reader eagerly turning its pages.”—The Wall Street Journal “Here’s New York circa 1897, city of unparalleled corruption and splendor, city of fine dining and seedy taverns. . . . Few writers are as adept [as Carr] at fashioning revelations that detonate, chapter by chapter, like carefully positioned explosions.”—Chicago Tribune “Penetrating . . . an entertainingly convincing read.”—People “Solidly scary . . . a terrific sequel . . . better and more suspenseful than its pulse-pounding predecessor.”—The Plain Dealer “[A] labyrinth of crime and psychology . . . What worked so well in the first book—late-nineteenth-century New York City with all its splendor and warts—is just as engaging in the second. . . . Is The Angel of Darkness as good as its predecessor? No. It’s better.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune “Another crowd-pleaser . . . Before it’s over, readers will be treated to some chilling insights from one of the earliest practitioners in psychology; plunge into a courtroom battle pitted against none other than Clarence Darrow; and follow Teddy Roosevelt with a handpicked batch of sailors through the gang-infested streets of lower Manhattan.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune “A spirited yarn . . . both a tale of serial murder and an argument for understanding the criminal mind.”—Boston Herald