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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,317 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caleb Carr Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore Series Release Date: November 1997 ISBN: 9780743541572
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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 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 her find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children.

Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel of Darkness is another tour de force from Caleb Carr, a novel of modern evil in old New York.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] adept mixture of period detail and psychological sleuthing…Filled with enough outsized personalities and sensational events to keep the most jaded tabloid reader eagerly turning its pages.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Darkly compelling…vivid and enthralling.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Suspenseful…Through the observations, discoveries, and confusions of his idiosyncratic detective squad, Carr deftly scrutinizes ‘the secret sins of American society’ and the perpetual proposition that the greatest mystery is the human mind.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Here’s New York circa 1897, city of unparalleled corruption and splendor, city of fine dining and seedy taverns…Few writers are as adept [as Carr] at fashioning revelations that detonate, chapter by chapter, like carefully positioned explosions.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 2/17/2014

    " I don't read much ficition, and it has been several years, but I seem to recall enjoying how well this story conveyed the period. Read the follow ups and don't think they were as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roni | 2/16/2014

    " This is the follow up to the Alienist, one of my favorites. I love historical fiction, especially when there's a mystery. These two by Carr are historical CSI, fun to read, great characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryn | 2/12/2014

    " I think it's safe to say that Caleb Carr has some issues with women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blaine Morrow | 2/7/2014

    " Terrific tale, with historical figures (Clarence Darrow, Teddy Roosevelt, Cady Stanton, etc.) and great intrigue. The narrator is a sort of urban Huckleberry Finn mixed with Artful Dodger: entertaining and likable, as are all of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nura Yusof | 1/27/2014

    " Almost as good as The Alienist "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 1/19/2014

    " I liked the first book much better. It overall just felt lest satisfying and meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 1/9/2014

    " loved this historical fiction as well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sondra | 1/7/2014

    " The first book in this series was really good and this one does not disappoint. I really like how the narrator in this book is different than the last; it gives fresh insight into the working relationships of the remarkable members of the group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 1/6/2014

    " The year is 1897, and Carr's plot is initiated by the kidnapping of a Spanish diplomat's baby--then thickens, as suspicion falls on Elspeth Hunter, a malevolent nurse who is actually Libby Hatch, a malevolent gang moll and the suspected murderess of her own children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rd bonifacio | 12/4/2013

    " i read a lot of books of different varieties and this was the first one I've finished. i like the language, the way it is being narrated and the narrator itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 11/28/2013

    " One of my favorite books, The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness are a MUST read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 11/26/2013

    " chilling, spine-tingling read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 9/12/2013

    " Much dorkier and more overwritten than its predecessor. In otherwords, not good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie Brown | 8/20/2013

    " Interesting mix of history and psychological thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Bogdanovich | 7/28/2013

    " Not as good as the first book, but still a great read with returning characters and deeper look into the development of forensic science. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 7/1/2013

    " Just as amazing as The Alienist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 3/12/2013

    " After reading "The Alienist" I fell in love with Caleb Carr's writing, and have decided to read anything he has ever written and will write. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 9/25/2012

    " Did not enjoy this as much as The Alienist. It felt like the mystery was solved before the book was even halfway over and I found the courtroom scenes boring. Not to say they weren't well written or perhaps interesting to another person - it just wasn't what I was expecting from this sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 8/26/2012

    " Set in the late 1800's, this sequel to The Alienist begins with the kidnapping of a toddler. The plot thickens as the evidence begins to point to a sociopathic nurse who uses the alias "Elspeth Hunter". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 6/21/2012

    " I like the first one better... I think the second one lost some of the detective skill/intrigue which made the first one a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 1/26/2012

    " I enjoyed this sequel to the alienist. it was dark. seemed well -researched. not sure why I didn't give it more stars...still thinking... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Keating | 12/18/2011

    " He does it again....masterful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AM | 12/17/2011

    " Not quite as enjoyable as The Alienist, but a very good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvie | 11/9/2011

    " The sequel to The Alienist. Not quite as good as the original, but it comes pretty close. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 9/15/2011

    " This book, too, I found amazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ed | 7/16/2011

    " It may be a better book than I think it's going to be but after 100 pages, I am bored. Can't see that it is going to get any better. Bye, bye. BTW, I liked The Alienist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 6/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this one a bit more that the previous book the Alienist. Having Stevie be the Narrator made it a easier and more enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katarina | 6/14/2011

    " A fine follow-up to the first. More of the same, and I mean that in the best possible way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 6/9/2011

    " Carr's follow-up to THE ALIENIST was just a little bit less thrilling. He still captures people place and time better than most authors.... living or dead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucia | 4/12/2011

    " I actually liked this book better than the first book. This book is from the perspective of Stevie, so it's a little more accessible to a regular reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mardell | 4/11/2011

    " A very good read for a cold winter's night. Long but keeps your interest. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karentokmakoff | 4/10/2011

    " This books is hard to put down once you jump into it. Love the time period in New York City. Gripping, with great characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/24/2011

    " Really would like a third Dr. Laszlo book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 3/4/2011

    " This book was ok. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and with great anticipation waited for the second to come out. Not as good as the first one, but okay. Read if you want. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/21/2011

    " Had trouble getting into this one. About 3/4 of the way through I started skipping pages to find out what happened. Seemed more fantastical than the first one, but not in a good way - rather like it was trying too hard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 2/14/2011

    " not as good as the first one.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/14/2011

    " It was a hard start, but once the story line got going, it didn't stop. This was a wonderful read. "

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About the Author
Author Caleb Carr

Caleb Carr is a novelist, military historian, and screenwriter. He is the son of beat generation figure Lucien Carr, and he received a degree in military and diplomatic history from New York University. Some of his fiction and nonfiction work includes Casing the Promised Land, The Angel of Darkness, The Italian Secretary, and The Lessons of Terror. He was a contributing screenwriter to Exorcist: The Beginning and shared a screenplay credit on Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, which received high praise.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time.