The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #2)
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 K...more
One thing I appreciated about the book was how dark it got at times. Despite the serial killer's mutilations of children in "the Alienist", I found the killer in "The Angel of Darkness" much more terrifying, although not at first.
Then, the characters had interesting bad moments too. I was particularly affected by Stevie's love for Kat, the pre-adole...more
NYC in the late 1890s is brought to vivid life again, but with a bit more of a bittersweet tinge to the tale, as Stevie also writes...more
Caleb Carr studied history, and is deft at weaving real people and events into his novel. It is 1897. Roosevelt has left for Washington and corruption is back to its old levels in the New York City police force. Gangs threaten large par...more
"Angel of Darkness" is part CSI, part "Law & O...more
Se déroulant quelques années après l'Aliéniste, ce roman est assez différent du premier. Déjà, le narrateur a changé, on passe du journaliste bourgeois blasé au jeune adolescent sortie de la rue.
En suite, ce n'est pas du tout le même type de criminel : alors que le premier traitait d'un serial killer (d'un quoi...more
The description of the 1800 sites and scenery, although interesting, at times it seems to be more than necessary it only drags out the story and adds little to the plot. The seven hundred plus pages could have been edited down significantly without any loss to the story.
The look and demeanor of the main character , ‘The Aliniest” Dr. Kreizler is reminiscent of Sherlock Homes; some aspects seem “borrowed.” In THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS , Carr’s description of the small little man...more
Carr still has that wonderful touch for period detail and tone, and this is another brilliant mystery.
We once again meet the characters from The Alienist, but this time the story is told from the pov of Stevie Taggart, the urchin who appeared in The Alienist. And this s a drawback for me. I could not buy Stevie as an "authentic" narrator. This aspect did not work for me, and detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book.
But everything else was pitch perfect,...more
The narration is fine, but the plot, while thick as muck, becomes completely inane and plays second fiddle to the author's desire to place the action where he can use some tidbit of...more