The Angel of Darkness

The Angel of Darkness

by Caleb Carr
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Overview

The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345427632
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: Alienist Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 82,948
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

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 political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in upstate New York.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1955

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Attended Kenyon College, 1973-75; B.A. in history, New York University, 1977

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The Angel of Darkness 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caleb Carr has written yet another brilliant piece. 'The Angel of Darkness' had me ignoring every other part of my life until the last page had been read. His very descriptive and accurate portrayal of New York in the late 1800s made me feel like I was there. The use of real life characters and very in-depth fictional characters made me wish I could meet the characters that have shared so much of their lives with me. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense and great writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to Carr's popular novel 'The Alienist', and it's even better. The characters are well developed, and the story moves quickly and keeps you guessing until the end. I had to force myself to put it down at night and get to sleep. It's a lengthy novel, but it reads easily and quickly. I recommend reading 'The Alienist' first so you become familiar with the characters, but you certainly could read this novel by itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed 'Angel Of Darkness' as much, if not more, than 'The Alienist'. I have always enjoyed historical fiction and this novel grabbed me from the get-go. I read the professional reviews and noted that some say that Carr writes too much in trying to tell the story, but I think that's what makes his stories unique. It's NOT Caleb Carr telling the story. It's John Moore (in 'The Alienist) and Stevie Taggart (in 'Angel'). Both stories are uniquely different, with Moore being a reporter, and Stevie being a former hoodlum. We see 1890's New York City differently in both stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most vile woman in fiction! I so wanted her dead that I had to skip to the end to find outwhat happened to her. I definitely liked The Alienist better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know after reading this novel and then checking out some of the reviews a lot of people didn't really like this one, or found fault in it compared to his other work The Alienist. However, I loved the fact that Stevie became the story teller. I enjoyed this from cover to cover and just wish that there were more of this series to read. Caleb Carr has already become one of my favorite authors, and being so close myself to Ballston Spa I might just have to go check it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was some years ago when I read "The Alienist" - so it took me a little more than 200 pages to remember it takes Carr an incredibly long time to get to the point of the story. I particularly didn't appreciate the diaglog with Stevie's friend with a lisp phonetically written. Towards the incredulous ending, I found myself begging for it all to end!
kwade79 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all who love hisorical fiction. I really enjoy how the author uses real events and people as the backdrop of this crime story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Angel of Darkness is a good book, especially the start and the second half. Inbetween there are some less interesting pages. I also think that this is a bit weaker than the Alienist especially because it seeems that the author intented to write exactly the same book which was only partly a good idea. I think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caleb Carr has written about a topic that has long been uncomfortable for us to explore, namely, the desperation, pathological self-involvement, and fundamental misery that might lead a mother to kill her own and other children. Since I have not read 'The Alienist' yet, I cannot compare the quality of the two works, but I felt as if I got to know Stevie the narrator, as he told the story of the murderous Libby Hatch and the motley cohort of folks who attempted to apprehend her, each for his or her own reasons. The characters were set against a grim background of turn-of-the-century New York City, with its political contentions and its dismal underside. While the inclusion of notorious characters like Teddy Roosevelt and Clarence Darrow might have overreached somewhat, I think the author spun an interesting and challenging story that can be enjoyed on several levels. The story of a lone, diabolical and/or disturbed Libby Hatch gives way to deeper questions, like society's role in socializing women to conform to a comfortable stereotype that does not, in reality, exist. Moreover, the conflict between punishment for the murderess vis-a-vis understanding the dynamics of her personality that played a role in her heinous behaviors is a palpable sub-theme that Carr cleverly inserts into his narrative. At times, I wished the author would have developed some of the characters more fully, like El Nino and Kat, but, in general, I felt that, in the case of all of Carr's major players, I knew people very much like them in real life. In fact, he created prototypes of people we all know (with the hopeful exception of Libby), in addition to shedding much light on not only a forbidden issue, but on the relatively primitive understanding we had of human behavior only a century ago. I enjoyed the novel a great deal and will read 'The Alienist' soon.
Anonymous 14 days ago
I never use the word awesome, yet, there it is.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Moves at a snail's pace. Why does everyone have to repeat what someone else already said? Oh so the book can be twice as long as it needs to be. Sorry, I abandoned The Alienist after 250 when it first came out and this was equally boring, although I made it to 275 before giving up for want of faster pacing.
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Smart and engaging.
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such a great read!
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lillianbell More than 1 year ago
Caleb Carr's "alienist" group is back again, with this tale told by a different member of the corps. This is an exciting look at early profilers, and how they go about finding a missing little girl and apprehending the troubled, complex person behind the crime. The characters are very well developed, with insights into their personas that almost make the reader feel like an member of the team. Very well researched and definitely recommended.
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