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The Angel of Darkness

20 Apr

“The Angel of Darkness” is the sequel to “The Alienist”, but instead of the narrator being John Moore, it is young Stevie, the youth that Dr Laszlo Kreizler took from the streets.

As per “The Alienist” there are dreadful crimes and death and mayhem in New York City in 1897. In this case a headless corpse in the Hudson and the kidnapping of the child of a Spanish diplomat. As the USA is on the brink of war with Spain this adds a sense of desperate urgency to the proceedings.

The main characters from the first book are present. Sara Howard is given the best line of the lot towards the end of the book. Speaking of which: Be warned that at over 800 pages this book is not for the fainthearted.

A well researched and entertaining book.

The Alienist

3 Oct

My latest book to read and review is “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr.

The scene is New York City in 1896. Young male prostitutes are being brutally murdered. Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt turns to prominent alienist, Dr Laszlo Kreizler, for assistance.

Kreizler, along with a journalist named Moore, who is the narrator of the story, two police detectives, and police department secretary Sara Howard, join forces to track down the killer.

The book is a tense psychological thriller, though I did find I got bogged down a little with the actual psychology part of it. Carr gave his main character, Kreizler, a tendancy to lecture and I found that my attention wandered away at times.

The digressions into New York CIty’s past, both criminal and otherwise, were interesting. As were the vibrant descriptions of 19th century New York’s underworld and its inhabitants.

On the whole, I found “The Alienist” to be an enjoyable read.

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