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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I listened to the abridged version of this book and enjoyed it so much that I decided to get the unabridged. It's a good story and is the type of book that I tend to look for. It's set in 1897, and is a refreshing step back in time when detecting was difficult and proving a crime even more so.
Read the book description to get an idea of the story. There are so many characters, that it's difficult for me to pick a favorite one. They're all important to the story.
Caleb Carr's characters are well developed and that is a big reason why I like this book. A flaw in my character maybe, but I have to like the main characters otherwise I find it difficult to spend time with them as the story is told. The main characters have idiosyncracies and flaws, but likable all the same.
The story is, at times, a bit plodding, as Carr takes you through the process of developing proof and collecting evidence which was difficult at best during that time. You eventually find that Carr's development of the story builds up to interesting events in the book, so stick with it if it gets a bit ponderous at times.
George Guidall is an excellent narrator, and I've listened to many books he's narrated. I listened to the abridged version of this book first, narrated by Boyd Gaines, and found that I preferred Gaines' version. Gaines did the accents and tones of the characters which made their personalities stand out a bit more. He is hard to top for this book.
If Carr ever writes another book like this one or The Alienist, I'd get it without hesitation. Highly recommend.
If historical richness can excuse a plodding plot, and you have have plenty of time on your hands, this might be for you.
No, The Alienist was terrific.
Not exactly George Guidall's fault, because he is normally a terrific narrator, but I couldn't stand anticipating the word substitution of "what" for "that", which seems to be Caleb Carr's way of providing colloquial verisimilitude. I was so attentive to the substitution that I nearly jumped out of my skin the one and only time I heard Mr. Guidall use the word "that" while voicing the character of Stevie.
I'm immersed in the trial right now and the opening speeches of both lawyers was totally predictable and serves no purpose at such length but to restate the themes of the book. For about the seventh time.
I kept thinking how much more interesting this book would have been if Jack Reacher would have made an appearance to make it all right by busting a few heads and moving the plot along. I guess we have to be satisfied with Teddy Roosevelt instead.
This book would be excellent for those who have a specific interest in this particular genre/style; that is, the sort of pop fiction of the late nineteenth- early twentieth-century, and popular to films up through as late as the 1970's but peaking in the '30's 40's and 50's. A squad off young detectives in an uncivilized, crime-ridden New York City of the Fin-de-siecle, lead by their scientific mastermind - complete with idealized Austrian accent - who must battle against the ignorance of the Old World to prove his case and save a child. It's basically Tim Burton's rendition of Sleepy Hollow in literary form, and with a few extra cliches added to fill the thing out. And, of course, no Sir Arthur Conan Doyle rehash would be complete with out the perfunctory aborigine assassin.
Now, all that said, the book is well-written. The prose is good, and the story flows nicely, though, as it is a heavily overdone kind of story, don't expect any surprises. The characters are well developed, but they'd better be since authors have been developing exactly them for 175 years.
George Guidall is always an excellent voice, and a talented actor, and this is no exception. This book is great for people who are already in love with this very specific genre, otherwise I fear you will find yourself extremely bored early on, and this is no short read.
I read The Alienist quite a few years ago and I can't believe I waited so long to read this one. It's every bit as good. I really appreciate the way he uses real people and historical events as part of the background atmospheric. Well worth your time!
Overall very enjoyable made excellent by Mr Guidall's excellent narration. It did drag in a few spots when the psychology, explanations, and ramblings of the alienist went on a little too long. Like I said a very good, enjoyable period piece, with a psychological thriller overlay
I read this book and enjoyed listening to it as much as reading it. The descriptive characteristics of the time period are as much a part of the story as the main plot itself
I really enjoyed this book! Great fictional characters that interacted with real people like Clarence Darrow and E Cady-Stanton. Author did such a good job describing New York during the late 1800s. Highly recommend. My only complaint was that one of the characters changed personality from first book. Perhaps this is because perspective of narrator.
I would recommend to any lover of historical fiction an certainly to anyone who read and enjoyed The Alienist. I love the New York City setting and the time period. It's actually a history lesson wrapped up in an intriguing tale.
I loved the inclusion of Clarence Darrow as defense attorney. His approach to the defense was very clever and true to what is said about the actual man.
George Guidall was outstanding. His ability to switch from character to character, each with a distinctive "voice" was nothing short of amazing. It's hard to say which was my favorite. It may be the prosecuting attorney. It could even be Clarence Darrow, or Dr. Kreizler himself.
Maybe, but it's pretty long. If I had any criticism at all, it would be that the book was just a bit longer than it needed to be. Still, I enjoyed it very much.
I literally couldn't stop listening to this book. I think I finished it faster than any other book in a long time. I found myself and it was over missing the characters. Caleb Carr s a great writer and the narration was first rate.
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