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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Been listening to his performances for years. He's like the gold standard of book readers, one of the very best. If I'm considering buying a book, the fact that Guidall is the reader can seal the deal for me.
Pretty much. It was hard to put down.
Really liked both of the "Alienist" books. Bought this second one immediately after reading the first. I think this one was even better. The characters were more developed and it was more character - driven, less gruesome. I so hope that Caleb Carr continues this as a series. It's a fascinating time period and I love the cast of characters. It's a pity that the first book never made it to the big screen.
This is 1 reason I'm a fan of historical fiction.
I would recommend this book, and it's predecessor, to anyone who enjoys well written, thought provoking historical fiction. Although obviously not alive during the time in which this novel is set I felt when listening to this book that I was there, smelling the rain on the cobblestones and the smoke wafting over from the window where Stevie Taggert sat smoking yet another cigarette. The narration and writing were of a quality that at times inspired me to imagine I could hear the background noises in the streets as the characters progressed from one scene to the next. The dialogue and story were both so well done I couldn't read quickly enough and felt almost as though it was me sneaking into a cellar or hiding from an unruly mob. If you haven't yet listend to this novel I recommend you do so now, you won't regret it
The plot was well written and cohesive. The characters were all very unique and the narrator did an exceptional job giving each one a well defined personality and manner of speech. The narration was key to keeping the level of suspense consistent and relateable; this in combination with the Author's story telling ability makes this a book I will likely read and/or listen to again just for the enjoyment of it.
Any of the scenes involving the brothers Isaacson made me smile. Their sibling rivalry coupled with the fact that they could set it aside to get the work done added to the realism of the novel for me. I have an older sister with whom I do not always agree but when the going gets tough that's all put aside, just as it was for Marcus and Lucius Isaacson. Very 'human' characters. P.S. Heath, Mum still loves me more :)
It wasn't so much a single moment which moved me the most while listening to this novel; Dr. Kreizler's coming to terms with the suicide of the young boy in his care at the institute during the opening chapters of this book developed into an ongoing issue throughout the story and somehow became as big a part of the plot as the abduction of little Anna. It was impossible for me to listen to this book and not be affected by the pain and inner struggles the doctor goes through despite his attempts to keep it hidden from the other characters
I had read The Alienist many years ago and enjoyed the story very much despite believing it was a stand-alone novel; I was exceptionally pleased to find the characters making a second appearance in The Angel of Darkness and hope there will be another in this series sooner than later.