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.
©1997 Caleb Carr (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Haus Frau on 22-05-17

A hidden gem?

I selected this based on the narrator (becoming a George Guidall fan).
Loved it.
I listen to the first book Alienist and liked it so it was not difficult to give this ago. As a woman the author seems to understand the paradox women can find themselves in and for me encapsulated some of the views of society re women well. That aside it's a great story with twists and turns that kept me gripped.

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5 out of 5 stars
By chris on 26-01-16

Proper immersive, one for the archives.

What made the experience of listening to The Angel of Darkness the most enjoyable?

Cool story, great mix of characters, it is hard to pick a favourite. Well narrated by George Guidall, I really enjoyed it, I cannot knock any part of it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Angel of Darkness?

Between, when Stevie lost Kat, very sad :-( and when Roosevelt does Dingdong, like a boss :-)

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I would after listening to this one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I thought it was quite immersive throughout.

Any additional comments?

I recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By 6catz on 31-01-13

Very Entertaining Read

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Pretty much. It was hard to put down.

Any additional comments?

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.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By greg on 07-03-13

Good follow up to the Alienist

Very well done historical mystery, not as good as the Alienist, so start there but if you want more after reading Alienist look no further.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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