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The angel of darkness by Caleb Carr

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.
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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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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 |
Continuazione de 'L'alienista', andrebbe idealmente letto subito dopo, per mantenersi ancora per qualche tempo dentro una sudicia, cupa e violenta New York della fine dell'800. Anche qui casi al limite dell'orrore per la squadra ideata (molto felicemente e con grande capacità) dall'autore; anche qui la Storia si mescola con la cronaca, in un quadro vivido e documentatissimo. Dalle note finali sembra che C. abbia avuto qualche problema di salute (mentale) durante la lunghissima stesura dei due libri, e che abbia rischiato di assumere lo stile omicida di qualcuno dei suoi personaggi... ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
I love the cast of characters. Fantastic sequel! ( )
  JillNYC | Oct 26, 2014 |
After really enjoying the first book, [b:The Alienist|40024|The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)|Caleb Carr|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1169386132s/40024.jpg|2266643], when I came across a sequel, I was stoked!! And I wasn't disappointed. although there were a few shaky moments at the beginning. I read The Alienist long enough ago that I didn't quite remember all the details of the characters...I think that reading them back to back would be a little more beneficial for understanding some of the subplots. However, I still enjoyed the book.

As in the first book, this turn of the century novel set in New York is full of big time players--Vanderbilt, Teddy Roosevelt, and Clarence Darrow (who, if you need a refresher was a very well accomplished lawyer, and defended Scopes in the Scopes 'Monkey' Trial--the teacher who dared to teach evolution in his class!...and I had to look that up to remember it...).

One theme remains the same: trying to solve crimes with science like fingerprinting, and other forensics (which at 1900 were very much in their infancy). The other daring move of this novel? It challenges the notion that women can be just as cruel as men...but is this something that society will accept?? ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
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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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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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