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The angel of darkness (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Caleb Carr

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Title:The angel of darkness
Authors:Caleb Carr
Info:New York: Random House, c1997.
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
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The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr (1997)

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    The Alienist by Caleb Carr (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: From the case files of Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, a fictitious early practitioner of what is know known as Psychology.
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    Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: If you like historical novels of early New York, this one's for you.
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    The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld (PghDragonMan)
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Angel of Darkness
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The first book in this duology, The Alienist is absolutely brilliant and I cannot recommend it enough. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the sequel.

Although the basic premise of an investigation into a female serial killer in 1897 has potential and the characters both historical and fictitious are well developed and interesting, the writing is excessively descriptive and repetitious, and the endless narration completely drowns out the plot.

With a good editor Angel of Darkness could be an exciting and fast paced read that offers some profound insight into the lives of women in the late 19th century. It is a pity that it all gets bogged down in the unrestrained word count. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
A rollicking tale, well told. I'm glad I read it again, as I'd only remembered how much I enjoyed it, but no details. A pity that the author went off the rails and is a weirdo now. Good thing his mantle has been picked up by people like Lindsay Faye (The Gods of Gotham). Whew. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
1897 in New York City. Horse and buggies are still seen on the streets. Police sciences are still being developed. Psychiatry is also a fairly new practice. Dr. Laszlo Kreizler is an alienist, a doctor of personality disorders. Stevie Taggert, the Doctor's 13 year-old-ward, comes from a life in the rough-and-tumble streets. Given a chance for a better life and education by the Doctor.

Sara Howard, a derringer toting woman detective, calls on Dr. Kreizler to help in a kidnapping case. The sticking point is that mother of the child is Señora Linares, the wife of one of Spain's diplomats. With the U.S. on the lip of possible war with Spain, this kidnapping cannot be public.

Señora Linares has seen the child in the arms of another woman but could not get close to get the child. When a sketch is made of the woman, it is found that she has a reputation of being a caring and nurturing child nurse, but there is a shadow that she could be responsible for multiple murders of babies. To add to the difficulty of approaching her, she is also the girlfriend to the notorious gang leader of the Hudson Dusters, cocaine distributors and feared by regular citizens and police alike. Libbie Hatch is a dangerous woman in her own brutal way.

Historical figures also have roles in this story. Theodore Roosevelt, Clarence Darrow, Elizabeth Cady Stanton are just a few. The depiction of the era with descriptions of life, manners and dress take you back to the period. There is a tension that keeps you reading as layer by layer the story and characters develop.

Not a book to read fast, but to enjoy and take time. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
If you enjoyed the alienist, you will like this book even more. Not only because there is more to like but because many if the weaknesses of the first book are missing in the second.

Now, it is a long slog but it is a pleasant one. While there are a few patches that drag and many of the authors foibles are on display (character after character constantly saying "I'll tell you what I've learned as soon as we get with everyone else and sit down to a fine meal." And then several pages describing the walk to the restaurant before the character tells his tale. ) the choice of voice in this book (as compared to the alienist) seems to smooth over these patches.

As usual, the author has a fine eye for per turn of the century New York but he does not let it get in the way.

All in all worthwhile. ( )
  dham340 | May 10, 2015 |
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;... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 26, 2015 |
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"It is not having been in the dark house, but having left it, that counts" -- Theodore Roosevelt
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To my mother and father
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There'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 town.
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Kidnapping of Senor Narcisco Linares' child.
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A Spanish diplomat's wife has her baby snatched in 1890s New York and the case is given to psychiatrist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and his young assistant who narrates the tale. The probe leads them to a nurse turned serial killer of children, including her own. By the author of The Alienist.… (more)

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