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The Angel of Darkness Just arrived from USA trough BMEven if I haven't read the first book of this series The Alienist it didn't compromise this readingThe 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 childrenDr Lazlo Kreizler a psychologist or “the alienist” who tries to help the only surviving child to testimony against her own mother leads the investigation teamIt should be pointed out that by the end of the 19th century many of the actual forensic tools were not available at that time such as recognition of fingerprints bullet's tests and so onDuring Libby's prosecution her defendant attorney Dr Clarence Darrow was a master of legal argumentation even if I'm not an expert on legal matters on the contraryAnother great character is Teddy Roosevelt the New York Police Commissioner who led the US Navy in order to settle the final persecution of the suspectWhat else should be said about this book In order to avoid spoilers just READ this book you won't regret 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 anewIt 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 team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline Kreizler and his friends high living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore; indomitable derringer toting Sara Howard; the brilliant and bickering detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara's aid the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter It is a case fraught with danger since Spain and the United States are on the verge of warOnce again Caleb Carr proves his brilliant ability to re create the past both high life and low As the horror unfolds Delmonico's still serves up wondrous meals and a summer trip to the elegant gambling parlors of Saratoga provides precious keys to the murderer's past At the same time we go on revealing journeys into Stevie's New York a place where poor and neglected children then as now turn to crime and drugs at shockingly early ages Peppered throughout are characters taken from real life and rendered with historical vigor including suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton; painter Albert Pinkham Ryder; and Clarence Darrow who thunders for the defense in a tense courtroom drama during which the sanctity of American motherhood itself is put on trial Fast paced and chilling The Angel of Darkness is a tour de force a novel of modern evil in old New YorkJune 19th 1919There's likely some polished way of starting a story like this a clever bit of gaming that'd sucker people in surer than the best banco feeler in townA juicy fat weekend read Light in touch grim in storyline 35 rounded up because it kept me glued4 The Alienist35 The Angel of Darkness1 Killing Time 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 team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline Kreizler and his friends high living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore; indomitable derringer toting Sara Howard; the brilliant and bickering detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara's aid the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter It is a case fraught with danger since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war Once again Caleb Carr proves his brilliant ability to re create the past both high life and low As the horror unfolds Delmonico's still serves up wondrous meals and a summer trip to the elegant gambling parlors of Saratoga provides precious keys to the murderer's past At the same time we go on revealing journeys into Stevie's New York a place where poor and neglected children then as now turn to crime and drugs at shockingly early ages Peppered throughout are characters taken from real life and rendered with historical vigor including suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton; painter Albert Pinkham Ryder; and Clarence Darrow who thunders for the defense in a tense courtroom drama during which the sanctity of American motherhood itself is put on trial Fast paced and chilling The Angel of Darkness is a tour de force a novel of modern evil in old New York 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 I don't even do that all the time anyway Also the villain wasn't interesting and nothing really happened All the reviews I've read said that Carr had written another historical thriller on the same level as the Alienist but that's complete bullshit I wouldn't even rate this book so lowly if it wasn't by the same guy It's disappointing to read this kind of crap from someone you know can actually write It took me two years after I read The Alienist to pick up its seuel It was a challenge that prompted me to read this gargantuan But it was the challenge that gave me a chance to reacuaint myself with some of my favorite charactersUnlike 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 witty tone In spite the fact that this involves him personally than the previous case “There's nothing truly natural or unnatural under the sun” What seemed to be a case of political child abduction turned out to be a serial killing Carr did a very good job in giving this seuel the proper twist Gradually the story tackles the thought provoking perceptions on mothers and women in general Finding the criminal was only a third of the story the rest was the challenge of putting the criminal into justice a slow painful methodical procedure was essential every step of the way “The normal ordinary woman is defined as nurturing and loving docile and compliant Any female who defies that categorization must be so completely evil that she’s got to be feared feared even than the average criminal—she’s got to be invested with the powers of the Devil himself” Yes there are plenty of distressful historical materials being a Carr book The story was a process but it was never boring Plowing through was like reading a very long letter from a dear friend Each detail wonderfully adds understanding to every character and builds the plot I adore this lot and to them I will have to add the Aeta El Niño an aboriginal from my country I salute Carr for writing the first decent character of a Filipino in fiction that I have read so farThere are two amazing characteristics of this series that I love most since The Alienist First was the application of forensic science in its infancy It was fascinating to witness the Isaacson brothers during their practice The second was the seamless integration of historical figures into the story Here Carr did not limit himself with Theodore Roosevelt; there were cameo roles by Clarence Darrow Cornelius Vanderbilt II Elizabeth Cady Stanton Albert Pinkham Ryder Cecilia Beaux Everyone was nicely blended in it was delicious In closing let me simply say that this book was enjoyable It might have taken me uite a time to read it but I don’t regret it I’ll be one of the many readers who’ll be hoping and waiting for the next bookYou may also find this review here 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 workIf you want to know about The Angel of Darkness and Carr's earlier hist fic with many of the same characters The Alienist head over to a site devoted to them There you can find reviews details and a wealth of historical information about the settings and backgrounds to Carr's novels I would have loved to have given Angel of Darkness 5 stars exceptThe Aborigine One of the problems facing the historical fiction writer is how to portray the roles and treatment of marginalized peoples in earlier time periods Some feel that the only truth that canshould be presented is one of constant racism and sexism there are categories of course but these are the two at work in Angel because that's the way it wasBut historical fiction is not an attempt to portray the past in terms of the past I would argue that is impossible because any modern author can't help but be strongly influenced by their own time period The responsibility of the author is to create a window into the past world and a way for readers to understand that world both within the context of its own time period and our ownThis is part of the reason it takes so darned long to write historical fictionCarr handles the role of women fairly deftly in this book there are two female central characters and a host of secondary characters who each shed light on the limits and opportunities faced by white women during the time frame and settings of this book Clearly he knows how to do thisHis handling of characters who were not white is not as skilled We don't see many of them in this book but there are two Cyrus the black man who works with Dr Kreizler and was also a part of solving the crimes in The Alienist as well as Angel of Darkness We don't learn too much about Cyrus in Angel other than he has a good relationship with the narrator young Stevie and is well liked and appreciated by the other main characters Maybe Cyrus' representation worked a little better because he was integral to the group of sleuths in both books But there is another character in Angel El Niño whose role and descriptions really bothered me We never learn his true name despite the fact that he switches sides leaving the bad guys and joining the heroes and becomes fairly close to the narrator indeed he saves the day at a critical point in the book He and the narrator Stevie have similar backgrounds of poverty and violence They understand each other and become very friendly Which is why Carr's choice to not develop the character of El Niño is puzzling and disappointingEl Niño is described as an aboriginal pygmy from the Philippines who speaks an aboriginal language as well as Spanish and English Almost every single time the narrator refers to him it is as the aborigine To the point that it jarred me out of the story and irritated me I understand the racial prejudices held by white people in New York City in the late 19th century But our narrator a white child of the streets is accepting than others in the book He develops a friendship with El Niño The fact that Carr didn't develop the character of the Filipino man beyond that of a cardboard box is a huge failure of craft I've always had a personal law that reuires 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 a few Costco bestsellers from my mom's pile out on the stoop for passersby with lower standards of literature without going past that 25 page mark It's like my life is my own againI'm about 25 pages into The Angel of Darkness here The writing doesn't suck so much as the whole ye olden days o' yore olde timey detective situation This may have titillated my paternal grandmother a bit She was known to turn down curiously strong peppermints worried about their effects Alas she died in 1996 and frankly wasn't much of a reader when she was alive either Anyway I've got better things to do My one word summary of this book is this yawnsters 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 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 later on a train She is not able to confront the woman and soon enlists the services of Sarah Howard who has started an investigation service In a short amount of time Sarah reassumbles the group and they pinpoint the suspect as Elsbeth Hunter Yet the deeper they dig into the woman's past the they discover of the hideousness nature of her crimes With her many aliases Elsbeth has traveled around New York kidnapping and killing childrenLike the previous book there were some cameos with great historical figures Teddy Roosevelt makes a special appearance this time as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Another historical figure that plays a small part in the story is Clarence Darrow pre Monkey Trial when he defends Mrs Hunter or Hatch or Frasier Franklin whichever name she decides to useCarr is a gifted storyteller and his books are hard to put down I love the glimpses of early 20th century New York life Stevie's narration of the story was a nice touch and I appreciated seeing it from his vantage point Other readers have said that this does not compare to The Alienist but personally I thought it was a very good follow up 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 womanStevie 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 pioneering Alienist and together with John Moore Sara Howard the Isaacsons and Kreizler's servant Cyrus a riveting and at times edge of your seat adventure springs forthCarr is so good that before you realize it you are in Old New York at the turn of the century and so in love with these people that you hate to leave them for sleep or work The author does for Old New York and psychiatry what John Dunning did for old books in his Cliff Janeway series Even at a hefty 600 pages your interest never lags as is the case with all great books When that last page is turned you will do so reluctantly sad that such a great book has endedThe characters Carr creates are all too human and real as is the time period There are moments of action and suspense that keep you turning pages as uickly as you can read The historical figures are not just thrown in to evoke the time period as some writers of historical fiction do Carr makes them come alive just as he did with Dr Kreizler's friend Theodore Roosevelt in The Alienist The solving of the prior Beechum case came at a great personal price to Dr Kreizler and in The Angel of Darkness Stevie will grow up and face tragedy of his ownPerhaps this isn't uite as riveting or as freely flowing as the The Alienist as noted by others but since we only have the two it seems hardly fair to knock off a star for what the book isn't rather than celebrating how good it is I truly believe if The Alienist did not exist and expectations based on that so high this one would be viewed in an entirely favorable light by readersReturn to Delmonico's where great food is still served and your old friends John Sara Stevie and Cyrus are planning their next move against a kidnapper and a murderer of children in Old New York It is one trip where the journey itself is time well spent 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


About the Author: Caleb Carr

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 BA in military and diplomatic history He is a contributing editor of MH The uarterly Journal of Military History an


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