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The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr

The Angel of Darkness

The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Mass Market Paperback
May 27, 1998 | 768 Pages
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“As winning a historical thriller as The Alienist . . . The reader keeps right on turning the pages.”The New York Times
“A ripping yarn told with verve, intensity, and a feel for historical detail . . . Once again we are careening around the gaslighted New York that [Caleb] Carr knows, and depicts, so well.”The New York Times Book Review
“Gripping . . . Carr is at his strongest, exploring the dark underside of the human psyche and ferreting out the terrors and tragedies that drive men—and women—to kill. . . . In Libby Hatch, Carr has created a villain whose cunning is nearly equal to his detectives’ crime-solving prowess. . . . The mystery is plotted with military precision.”USA Today
“[A] whopping thriller . . . Carr keeps us racing along with him to the very end.”The Washington Post Book World
“Fascinating . . . In a brilliant bit of historical casting, Clarence Darrow, a rising courtroom wizard from Chicago, turns up to defend the villain at a tense upstate New York murder trial.”Time
“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
“[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.”The Wall Street Journal
“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
“Penetrating . . . an entertainingly convincing read.”People
“Solidly scary . . . a terrific sequel . . . better and more suspenseful than its pulse-pounding predecessor.”The Plain Dealer
“[A] labyrinth of crime and psychology . . . What worked so well in the first book—late-nineteenth-century New York City with all its splendor and warts—is just as engaging in the second. . . . Is The Angel of Darkness as good as its predecessor? No. It’s better.”The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Another crowd-pleaser . . .This case begins with the brazen kidnapping of an infant. Before it’s over, readers will be treated to some chilling insights from one of the earliest practitioners in psychology; plunge into a courtroom battle pitted against none other than Clarence Darrow; and follow Teddy Roosevelt with a handpicked batch of sailors through the gang-infested streets of lower Manhattan.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A spirited yarn . . . both a tale of serial murder and an argument for understanding the criminal mind.”Boston Herald

Author Essay

I was so excited when I heard that we would be publishing Caleb Carr’s follow-up to his first book, THE ALIENIST.  ANGEL OF DARKNESS starrs the same characters whom I loved in THE ALIENIST: Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, Cyrus, Stevie, Lucius and Marcus, Miss Howard, and Mr. Moore.  And like THE ALIENIST, ANGEL OF DARKNESS describes New York circa the late 19th century.

It’s a real thrill to read this book and imagine where all of the action is taking place.  After reading both of Carr’s works, I’ve taken his books with me and walked through the different New York neighborhoods that he so wonderfully illustrates.  It’s really fun to look at the neighborhoods as they stand today and to picture how they were back then.  It’s also interesting to note how neighborhoods have changed demographically.  

— Jennifer Richards

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