The Angel of Darkness

  • by Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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 her 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.
Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel Of Darkness is another tour de force from Caleb Carr, a novel of modern evil in old New York.


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Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow

While many fabulous, intellectually satisfying books in this genre were written prior to the "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit" TV trial debacle which first exposed the use of DNA evidence or lack thereof as an emerging critical factor necessary to prove or disprove a vicious murder to our collective minds, this book is especially interesting as it takes place on the cusp of the efforts to allow science into the courtroom. We see the same beloved, quirky and flawed group from the previous book, The Alienist, attempt to use "new science gimmicks" such as fingerprint evidence, create tests and procedures to provide clear scientific proof that bullets were fired from the same gun and ponder blood evidence even before science could identify blood types and if blood was from a human. Then for the Coup de Gras of courtroom scenes that make Grisham seem a piker...enters the young Clarence Darrow many years prior to his Scopes trial fame. Wow. You just have to read this as I doubt you'd suspect/guess how it unfolds and just how amazingly unique Darrow's persona and approach was in a courtroom. I think many readers will fully enter and experience a great turn of the last century period piece; a slice of life in New York, where investigators sparred with corrupt police, good police, real life characters such as Teddy Roosevelt when he was the Secretary of War, mob bosses, a very intense, truly evil manipulating villainess...just a really great varied cast of characters. There is a lot of talk about the political situation with Spain I didn't care about so I ignored it. Please note that I did not read The Alienist before this book. This book has a lot of discussion (spoilers) about how the events from the earlier book impacted characters and events in this book so while you do not need to read the first book you may want to do so, but I'm not sure. For instance, even though I first read later books by Jo Nesbo, I went back to the beginning primarily to learn more about Harry.
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- Gail

Excellent series that I want more of...

What's going on here is very interesting. It seems Caleb Carr is writing each book in this series from a different one of the character's perspective. The first book was from the perspective of journalist John Schuyler Moore and the second from point of view of young Stevie, one of the many street kids that Dr. Laslo Kreizler has saved through is institute. There are strong hints in this, the second book of the series that the next book will be written in the words of Sarah Howard.

These books fit all the criteria that I look for - long, entertaining, great reader, and solid historical fiction. Both books feature Teddy Roosevelt as a character and lots of character development and detailed historical setting. I really like these books. If you like mysteries, court room dramas, investigation adventure books, and historical fiction these books are for you.
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- Scott "Scott P"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio