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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,521 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caleb Carr Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore Series Release Date:
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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

  • “As winning a historical thriller as The Alienist…The reader keeps right on turning the pages.”

    New York Times

  • “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 Book Review

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

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Darkly compelling…vivd and enthralling.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Penetrating…An entertainly convincing read.”


  • “Solidly scary…A terrific sequel…Better and more suspenseful than its pulse-pounding predecessor.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/19/2014

    " A good mix of short stories to get a feel of 4 different authors. Plots on all 4 were solid and developed well in the short lengeth of each story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kira | 2/8/2014

    " the only story i enjoyed was Ilona Andrews "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 1/5/2014

    " Really liked Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews, quite liked Sharon Shin, did not like the Meljean Brook story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 1/3/2014

    " I picked this up for the Sharon Shinn story, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was also quite happy with the short installment from Nalini Singh. "

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