The Angel of Darkness Paperback
by Caleb Carr
Part of the Laszlo Kreizler & John Schuyler Moore series
A year after the events narrated in the bestselling THE ALIENIST, the cast of characters from that novel are again brought together to investigate a crime committed in the heady days of New York in the 1890s, but this time narrated by the orphan Stevie Taggert. A young child, the daughter of Spanish diplomats, disappears. It seems she has been abducted but no ransom note is received and the detectives Isaacson quickly discover that a nurse, Elspeth Hunter, is probably the kidnapper. They also discover that Hunter has been a little too closely connected with the death of three other infants. But what are her motives? She married a fortune, and although she is connected to some fairly rough villains this crime does not fit their modus operandi. Is it something as 'simple' as psychological disturbance due to her own inability to bear children, or something more sinister unguessed at?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 640 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/07/2002
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751534108
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Review by arouse77
sequel to the worthwhile novel "The Alienist" i felt this book failed to live up to its predecessors potential. the cast of characters is much the same, but the intensity and charm of the first novel has been diluted and cannot be recaptured. the change of voice to a narrator that has difficulty maintaining a consistent voice was a poor choice, and the villain is both more a caricature and less interesting than the killer of the first tale.a less than stellar follow up effort.
Review by jaimjane
This sequel to The Alienist is not quite as good as its predecessor but it is definitely creepier. Issues surrounding the "Bad Mommy Taboo" were interesting to read from a Victorian point of view. The characters are great and I enjoyed visiting with them once again in this exciting and fast paced story.