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Carr, Caleb. THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS. New York City, NY: Random House, 1997. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 629 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

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. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Caleb Carr's 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. A "must-have" title for Caleb Carr collectors. This presentation 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". The recipient is named. This title is now highly collectible. 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. Most copies available online have major flaws or are the Franklin Mint Edition, which does not have the same collectible value. 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. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CALEB CARR TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679435328. $90.00

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