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The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
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Jun 07, 12

Read in June, 2012

Don't read this book for serious contemplation of the philosophy or psychology of the late 1800s, read it for fun. If you're looking for a motley band of investigators, a chilling villainess, interesting descriptions of historical settings, and cameo appearances by some famous persons, you won't be disappointed. There's lots of action as well as sentiment, and I'm not saying it's all realistic. You may find the young narrator Stevie Taggert too smart, the reporter Moore too slow, and the pygmy assassin El Nino too strange, but Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his friends are nevertheless very engaging.

Recently I've seen the new novels The Gods of Gotham and The Yard both compared to Carr's books. I read The Alienist years ago and had not noticed the sequel until I found this as a library ebook loan. It provided some enjoyable light reading and put me in the mood for more historical thrillers.

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