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The Angel of Darkness

(Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  23,495 ratings  ·  1,322 reviews
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
Paperback, 752 pages
Published 1997 by Ballantine Books
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Will Byrnes
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
If we succeed in bringing Libby Hatch to trial, it won't be just the outrage of the humble citizens in town like Ballston Spa that we'll have to deal with. No, no - all the mighty weight of this sparkling society will come crashing down on our heads, too. For it's the essence of hypocrisy, isn't it, Doctor, that it requires masks to hide behind? And the masks of the idyllic home and the sanctity of motherhood are the first and most untouchable of all.
Carr is looking at the female as serial k
Bobby Underwood
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All those who read and loved Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" were ecstatic to once again take a carriage ride over the cobblestone streets of Old New York as a mystery is solved. This one involves the kidnapping of a woman's child which becomes a race against time when Dr. Lazlo Kreizler uses psychiatry to paint a portrait of a very dangerous woman.

Stevie tells the story this time rather than Moore, as our group of friends use Dr. Kreizler's revolutionary methods to solve this mystery. He is a pione
Nick Borrelli
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Nowhere near as good as Carr's first effort - The Alienist. This just seemed like a bad clone of that book where Carr was trying to incorporate the same elements. Unfortunately the story wasn't as good and it felt forced. It has all the same characters that you loved in The Alienist but for some reason it just didn't make me swoon the way its predecessor did. Do yourself a favor and stop with The Alienist. This one was just unnecessary.
Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Description: 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
Laurie Anderson
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
With one glaring exception* this is an extremely enjoyable, well-researched, and well-written piece of historical fiction. I was a huge fan of Carr's The Alienist and now want to go back and reread it. Carr brings a wonderful combination of the story-teller's craft and the history-lover's attention to accuracy and detail to his work.

If you want to know more about The Angel of Darkness and Carr's earlier hist-fic (with many of the same characters) The Alienist, head over to
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie
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
Aug 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
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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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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
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
An exciting story which has you alternately sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for what is coming next and sitting back enjoying the descriptive (background) passages. Sometimes it did feel like Carr was dwelling too long on certain past incidents or backgrounds that, at least to me, were not that interesting, though not often. I really grew to like the main characters, felt a connection, even to the more secondary characters. All in all a very good read that made me curious about
Josh Morgan
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2018: I really enjoyed this sequel. It being told by Stevie originally worried me. I didn't want the narrative style to change. But I had nothing to worry about. I enjoyed the frame narrative of the novel and how the different pov made me reevaluate characters I was familiar with. I enjoyed this mystery, though I wish the focus had not narrowed so much in the second half of the book. If another book is published and narrated by George Guidall, I'll for sure be listening to it!

2019: I loved this
St Jerome
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed ‘The Alienist’ but I have to say that ‘The Angel of Darkness’ is even a better read.
Carr’s writing is full of historic details that bring not only the characters but their time and environment so vividly to life I promise you will not forget this book.
A solid 41/2 stars....
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I don't declare this my favorite book of 2019, it's at least up there on my list. Wow, I thought this was really good. I'm still surprised that this had the negative reviews that it did, but maybe too many folks were comparing this too much with The Alienist? Or maybe because it was narrated by Stevie and so the language was a bit different? Who knows (who cares)? All I know, is that this hit all the right spots for me. A phenomenal detailed description of the time period --1897 New York, gre ...more
Steven Belanger
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to the Alienist is as exciting and fast-paced as the orginal, though somewhat less accomplished in presentation. Nonetheless, it is an invigorating read.

This time around, the team that solved the Beecham murders is reunited for a kidnapping case that has potentially explosive international implications. The daughter of a Spanish diplomat is kidnapped in broad daylight with no ransom. During their investigations, Kreizler and company come face to face with a woman who just might be a
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
"After all, a man who makes his children of secondary or even minor importance, though he may be criticized by some, is hardly held to be unusual. Why should we believe any differently of a woman?”

This was a wonderful but long and twisted story. It was wonderful to learn more about the characters and to jump in time, but I didn't like Moore as much in this one as I had in the last. It was interesting learning things from Stevie's POV. He had a definite different way about viewing the world and s
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Sadly, this sequel to "The Alienist" is missing the former's drive and suspense, but it is nice to meet the characters again (this time from a different perspective due to a different narrator) and the case itself is interesting. I guess the problem with the plot is that - as another review here put it - not much is happening, as most of the story concerns the investigators researching the suspect's past crimes while the actual case of kidnapping is put on the backburner for the majority of the ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, crime
This was another solid book with a lot of historical influences and a very well built (multiple) crime case.

You have to admire the writer`s efforts for bringing in to discussion the different atitude of the law towards a women serial killer.

Also this time the book follows more the way the American Judicial System worked in that peculiar period of time and her chase has a small percentage in the whole story.

Overall another good addition on my historical crime shelf.

Four stars!
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
While not quite the yarn of The Alienist, I was very captivated by the story in the book. Emotional and driven, at times a little sluggish, it never failed to pick up speed and keep me going. I would love to have seen more of Mrs. Hatch but still a great read.
3.75 stars. Just didn’t have the same magic that the first had. But still folks, really good/solid historical fiction.

What to read now??? (Ya ever feel a bit lost when you finish a book and have none loaded up in queue?)
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
not sure if I liked this more than the first book but granted the first is both a book AND a series that ive both read and seen, that this book can still compare imo says something, is very long though lol
This installment was okay, but I didn't enjoy it near as much as The Alienist. Having Stevie as narrator was somewhat disappointing. I look forward to the next installment, as I adore all these characters immensely, especially Sara and Tom..
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Caleb Carr is an American novelist and military historian. The son of Lucien Carr, a former UPI editor and a key Beat generation figure, he was born in Manhattan and lived for much of his life on the Lower East Side. He attended Kenyon College and New York University, earning a B.A. in military and diplomatic history. He is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History an ...more

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