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The Angel of Darkness

(Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  20,993 ratings  ·  1,129 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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Emma No, you know very early on that the main antagonist is a woman. The whole story is quite complex and its more about how attitudes towards her gender…moreNo, you know very early on that the main antagonist is a woman. The whole story is quite complex and its more about how attitudes towards her gender gets in the way of the investigation. Definitely still worth the read! (less)
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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 kil
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
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
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
Nick T. 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.
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
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 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
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

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
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
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.
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
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-physical
"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: crime, history
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.
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..
Anna Serene
I liked this one, I just didn't love it as much as I loved The Alienist. I'm actually glad that I waited a good while after I finished The Alienist before I started in on this one, because this book is really completely different. The Alienist was a fairly straightforward murder-mystery, while this was much more complicated. The idea behind this book is to show the disparity between what women are capable of and what society is willing to acknowledge.

There was no real desperate search to find o
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 20, 2012 marked it as to-read

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
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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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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