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The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  13,741 ratings  ·  691 reviews
In one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the year, Caleb Carr-- bestselling author of The Alienist--pits Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his colleagues against a murderer as evil as the darkest night. . . .


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ebook, 768 pages
Published April 7th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 1997)
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Lauren
I really enjoyed The Alienist, the first book by Caleb Carr about Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his "colleagues". When I finished that story, I was very curious for more details. Angel of Darkness picks up soon after the previous case, and the action begins almost immediately. This story is narrated by the teenage Stevie Taggert, the street kid that Dr. Kriezler has taken in, and saved from a life of crime. A Spanish diplomat's child is kidnapped in public, and the mother sees her daughter a few days ...more
Rachel
I remember thinking this book was incredible the first time around. Now, 6 years later, all I could think about was how ridiculous the narration was. You can't be all like, "I'm Stevie Taggert which means I'm all about turn of the century New York street patois even though my diction is actually really elevated and the only difference between my speaking style and that of John Moore, a Harvard-educated New York Times reporter from a high society family, is that I say "what" instead of "that" but ...more
Laura
Just arrived from USA trough BM.

Even if I haven't read the first book of this series, The Alienist, it didn't compromise this reading.

The plot starts with the kidnapping of a Spanish diplomat's baby but then the main story switched to the suspect of this crime, Libby Hatch, a nurse who is the suspect murderess of her own children.

Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, a psychologist or “the alienist” who tries to help the only surviving child to testimony against her own mother, leads the investigation team.

It sho
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Marnie


Fans of historical detectives and even the television show Criminal Minds will enjoy the sequel to The Alienist. The first 1/4 of this book started slow and had me worried that what I liked so much about the Alienist would not be present in this sequel. It took a bit for the story to build but then I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

Set in the 19th century when crime fighting techniques were at their infancy I enjoyed hearing the theories behind fingerprinting, ballistics and using sketches of poss
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Louize
Aug 16, 2011 Louize rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites
It took me two years after I read The Alienist to pick up its sequel. It was a challenge that prompted me to read this gargantuan. But it was the challenge that gave me a chance to reacquaint myself with some of my favorite characters.

Unlike The Alienist, which was told in Charles Schuyler Moore’s point of view; The Angel of Darkness was told by the former street urchin, Stevie Taggert, ward of renowned alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler. It was narrated in a lighter, fresher and a more witty tone. In
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Kalyn
Love these two books. This is the sequel to The Alienist and is a turn of the century (more or less) historical mystery, set in New York. That would be last century, by the way.
KJ, Madame Librarian
It had all of the flaws of the first, and none of the charm.

The Flaws:

1) Female characters killed off to advance a man's character development, no matter how gratuitous.
2) Said female character was a coke fiend who didn't notice her coke was laced with arsenic. Right after spending time with a notorious murderer. Really? REALLY? She didn't notice her own cocaine was, shall we say, OFF?
3) Only one female character with lines, who represents everything of the Strong Female Character.
4) Everyone e
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Brad
This review was written in the late nineties (just for myself), and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets indicate some additional information for the sake of readability). It is one of my lost reviews.

I thought Japheth Drury was bad, but I hadn't met Libby Hatch. She was pure, nasty evil, which was a lot of fun to read, but the best parts of the tale came i
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Allison
I've always had a personal law that requires I finish any book I start. Lately, I've been reconsidering. It all started when I tried to read The Devil Wears Prada and was forced to throw it out the window in horror and disgust after 25 pages. That's when I realized I needed to amend the law to specify that I don't have to finish books so poorly written that I end up holding them out away from myself with two fingers while cringing as if they reek of garbage while I read. This allowed me to leave ...more
Amy
Aug 03, 2007 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This is one the worst books that I've actually read all the way through...though I'm not sure why I even bothered. The author's point is that if you really believe in women's equality, you have to believe that women are as capable of evil as men. I don't disagree, but I do have some problems with the way the author attempted to prove this idea, which I think he considers more controversial than it really is. First of all, the characters in the novel who espouse the author's view are preachy, pre ...more
Steven Belanger
Almost as quick a read as its predecessor, this one is told from the point of view of Stevie, from his cigarette shop, as he looks back on his past. The cast is all here, and a few more characters show up, including one of the all-time bad women you'll ever read about--who unfortunately reminded me of a few people I used to know, but that's a review for another day.

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
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Leonora
What can I say? I picked up this book expecting it to be not as good as "The Alienist" and was satisfied with another New York adventure circa 1897.

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
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Kayla
Overall, a great sequel to the first Laszlo Kreizler novel, The Alienist! There were moments where the historical figures inserted into the book seemed a little strange and I was pretty much left going, "Riiiight...". But, somehow, it didn't bother me because the situations were so incredibly entertaining and, I felt, pretty well-written. It was a fantastic novel filled with fun surprises, nice (if somewhat strange) appearances of actual historical figures, and plenty of suspense, thrills, and e ...more
Josh Morgan
While the Alienist seem to be the classic of the two Dr. Kriezler books (it's ranked near the top of the 'best of' fictional crime book lists), I think Angel of Darkness was a far better book in both quality of writing and storytelling. While AOD is longer than the Alienist, the added length is justified with a more satisfying complicated plot and better character development. I just hope there will be at least a third book, taking place towards the end of Kriezler's career in some final epic ca ...more
Dustin
Oct 23, 2012 Dustin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


I read first book in the series, The Alienist, a few years ago and despite the mediocre writing, I really liked it a lot, particularly due to the psychological aspect of it. Plus I loved Dr. Laszlo's character. He's brilliant, IMO!
The historical element of the novel is great, too.
Having said that, I hadn't realized (until just now) that Caleb Carr has written a second book. I am stoked now!!
Kathy Hiester
In this sequel to The Alienists Caleb Carr has created an exceptional, fantastic book that has the same focus on plot and character. It’s brilliantly done, and it made this book a pleasure to read. I am glad it took them so long to being the criminal to justice. I never wanted the story to end. This was an incredible book.

4 Stars
Kathryn McCary
This book is set in New York City and Saratoga Springs at the turn of the 20th Century. It is competently written, in a first-person voice that sounds reasonably probable, although the frequent substitution of "what" for "that" grated on my inner ear. The period details also seem fairly probable, and the characters were believable people. Problem is, I don't really like historic fiction, and particularly not where real historic figures are used as characters. This one features Elizabeth Cady Sta ...more
Darlene
In this sequel to his novel, The Alienist, author Caleb Carr once again draws the reader into avery dark underworld in New York City circa 1919. The country is war weary and wanting to finally have some fun; but along with the merriment, there is also a very dark side.

The familiar cast of characters returns in Angel of Darkness... Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his associates... Cyrus Montrose, Sara Howard and Stevie Taggert.. a motley crew. This time, the novel is narrated by Stevie Taggert.. the stre
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William
While it took me almost three full weeks to read this book, it wasn't because it was terrible. The fact of the matter was that the book was so detailed, so richly drawn, so atmospheric, that I had to sometimes reread parts to see if I missed anything. To my surprise, I often, however, missed little more than more detail and atmosphere. The book had its very interesting moments (the search through the killer's house, the rumble with the street gang) but so much of the story was fluff cleverly wri ...more
Al Moe
This was my first Caleb Carr read and he certainly has a feel for the times. However, the book is quite long (about 700 pages) and therefore requires a commitment in both time and energy. In this novel the doctor and his little band of misfits chases a woman who seems to have put the entire Eastern seaboard on edge.

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
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Carlos
I like books that has a historical event as background. I can almost smell the smoke from gun powder in that portion of history when America has taken over Spain's domination of the Philippine islands. I wish there is a TV movie version of this. If not, they should shoot on location and cast a real Aeta warrior.
I am usually averse to tragic love stories but the one about the young couple of social outcasts is an unbeatable tearjerker even for a straight guy like me.
I can't believe I let our pap
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K M
This "sequel" to The Alienist seemed a bit slow moving at first, but once I neared the halfway mark, I simply could not put it down. It was a suspense-filled psychological thriller set against a very interesting historical backdrop- the early days of feminism (Elizabeth Cady Stanton makes an appearance) and of forensic science and psychological profiling. While this book follows the same central characters introduced in The Alienist, it is written from the perspective of a different character, y ...more
Lex Poot
Ah decisions decisions. A three or a four. Being in a good mood I decided on a 4. Well what can I say. It was a page turner alas only after the "friends" left New York. Suddenly the book picked up pace. Before it seems Mr Carr was still too busy with the ghosts of his previous book leading to awkward introductions of the characters and surroundings. What is it with going from Dr Kreizler's house to 808 for no apparent reason? I think the book would have been a much better book when it would have ...more
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
The Angel of Darkness has the same fascinating end-of-the-19th-century gritty New York setting as The Alienist, portrayed with great relish and detail. Although it was interesting to see such a different time and place, to see the infancy of crime detection, forensics, psychology, and modern courtroom procedure, Carr seems determined to use every scrap of research whether the story can bear the strain or not. These unnecessary digressions made for several points of reader's fatigue for me during ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Wish I hadn't been sick when reading it as I was finding it hard to concentrate but this is a great psychological thriller. It starts with the kidnapping of a Spanish Official's daughter in New York. The husband refuses to allow his wife to go to the police so she seeks aid from Miss Howard. Miss Howard quickly assembles her team and the kidnapper is identified.

Libby Hatch has a troubled past and more aliases then I care to list. When Miss Howard and her team are unable to rescue Ana Linares fro
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Boots
This novel has an excellent composition, for propping up one of my speakers. To be honest I haven't actually read this book but I've gotten many years of use out of it leveling furniture.

So if you're looking for something to use for leveling a table, or a chair, or any other type of furniture, this could be the book for you. For that reason I give this leveling device three shims out of five.

Oh and reading the ISBN off the cover wasn't easy but it was worth it.

Eyehavenofilter
After waiting for what seemed like ages, this book finally appeared. It was great to read this second book. As an avid fan I was pleased to find that it was as well wrtten as The Alienist. Through Carrs' writings I got the impression (?)he may have at the time been somewhat of a recluse. I'm probably totally wrong! But the story is so detailed and introspective in places it seems, even contemplative ( heck I don't have esp what do I know) no worries it's a terriffic read.
Kishel Ramirez
Define long read? Angel of Darkness is just that. I have just been reading 500 pages max last year so it was a bit hard for me to finish this book which has 800+ pages in my time frame. But regardless, I have enjoyed it immensely. Or that might be too much of an adjective. There were dragging moments but they were never that boring for me to close and stop reading entirely, give up the whole thing. Maybe because it's a book that was suggested by a good friend for me to read that I just can't dis ...more
Rowena
I'm currently on my re-read streak as I'm broke. womp womp.

Certainly not as good as The Alienist but still an interesting read. Features the sly voice of Stevie Taggert instead of the rather doofy John Moore. Would've loved to see the Kriezler Krew (as I've now dubbed them in my head) in further historical mysteries - Carr has this knack of building the world of the mystery without resorting to cliched tactics. Plus his historical eye is on point.
Lindsay Luke
I read The Alienist when it first came out 20 years ago and really liked it. I found the sequel at Kensington book day all these years later. The story takes place a year or so after the Alienist although it's actually told by street kid Stevie as he remembers it 20 plus years later.
A little girl is missing. As they investigate, they find a woman has kidnapped her. Further investigation reveals she seems to have killed other children and possibly adults. We see how the doctor uses psychology to
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