Title: THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS - Rare Fine Copy of ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 629 pages. Published in 1997. The author's second novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Franklin Mint Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Caleb Carr's "The Angel of Darkness". His sequel to his breakthrough debut, "The Alienist" (1994). "Once again, Caleb Carr proves his brilliant ability to re-create the past, both high life and low. Peppered throughout are characters taken from real life and rendered with historical vigor, including suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton; painter Albert Pinkham Ryder; and Clarence Darrow, who thunders for the defense in a tense courtroom drama during which the sanctity of American motherhood itself is put on trial. Fast-paced and chilling, a tour-de-force, a novel of modern evil in old New York" (Publisher's blurb). Caleb Carr's historical/thriller novels re-tell the tentative, riveting, and ultimately triumphant beginnings of modern forensics and psychopathology magisterially. As such, they are indispensable for readers (and viewers) of what is now the single most popular entertainment genre: The mystery/suspense/crime thriller (think "The Silence of The Lambs", "CSI", the "Millennium" Trilogy, and "Criminal Minds", among so many other addictive narratives). Caleb Carr accomplishes nothing less than finding a way to write the literary historical novel that is new and different from that of its modern Master, Gore Vidal (who, as it happens, also wrote thrillers using a pseudonym). Together with "The Alienist" and his very own Sherlock Holmes mystery, "The Italian Secretary" (2005), Caleb Carr has cemented his position as the preeminent American literary mystery/thriller writer of our time. An absolute "must-have" title for Caleb Carr collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Caleb Carr 10/6/97". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Random House "true first" indications in the 20th century are "First Edition" followed by a number line that begins with 2 (instead of 1), a practice that the publisher did not change until the mid-2000's, and on a very inconsistent basis at that. Most copies available online have major flaws or are the Franklin Mint Edition, which does not have the same collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CALEB CARR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0679435328. Bookseller Inventory # 17343
Synopsis: 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 John 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 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.
Once again, Caleb Carr proves his brilliant ability to re-create the past, both high life and low. As the horror unfolds, Delmonico's still serves up wondrous meals, and a summer trip to the elegant gambling parlors of Saratoga provides precious keys to the murderer's past. At the same time, we go on revealing journeys into Stevie's New York, a place where poor and neglected children--then as now--turn to crime and drugs at shockingly early ages. Peppered throughout are characters taken from real life and rendered with historical vigor, including suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton; painter Albert Pinkham Ryder; and Clarence Darrow, who thunders for the defense in a tense courtroom drama during which the sanctity of American motherhood itself is put on trial. Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel of Darkness is a tour de force, a novel of modern evil in old New York.
From the Publisher:
From the bestselling author of THE ALIENIST, this is his second tale of murderous deeds in 19th century New York. The book is a taut drama packed with memorable characters. I live in old downtown New York (and love history as well as mysteries) and I especially enjoy how well Caleb Carr has recreated the look and feel of (the optimism and depravity, the glory and darkness) of old New York and its multifarious nefarious denizens. If you like the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt, Jack Finney's TIME AND AGAIN or the film THE NAKED CITY (even though it is a different time period) you'll get totally caught up in ANGEL OF DARKNESS.
Teri Henry, Director of Subsidiary Rights
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