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A mystery that takes place in New York City in the late 1800's; an investigation of a serial killer in the days when Jack the Ripper was the only known serial criminal and before forensics were what they are today, when skeptics laughed at the idea of fingerprinting for evidence. Carr explains in the introduction that the term alienist once referred to psychologists: the doctors who attend to those who have become "alienated" from themselves and from society. Psychologists, themselves, were considered a bit wack-o to want to spend hours in prison cells interviewing lunatics and studying the warped personalities of criminals. Anyway, I won't give it all away in this review. Let me just say it's a page turner!
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The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

        The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of New York's vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology-- amassing a psychological profile of the man they're looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before. and will kill again before the hunt is over.

        Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian's exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society's belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.

Review:

"An original that fits no established mystery niche, Carr's fictional debut could be the start of something big." Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

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"A knockout period mystery, infused with intelligence, vitality, and humor. This novel is a highly unorthodox variant of the Holmes-Watson theme and the best since Julian Symons's delightful A Three-Pipe Solution. It should entice new fans to the genre." Library Journal

Review:

"A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages." Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

CALEB CARR was born in Manhattan and grew up on the Lower East Side, where he still lives.

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acaciagryffyn, June 11, 2007 (view all comments by acaciagryffyn)
I was given this book to read by a friend. I've never ready any Michael Crichton books or anything of that genre but I have to say I loved this book! It was gripping. I seriously didn't want to put it down. I have recommended it to so many people since reading it years ago!
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This is one of the best crime mysteries that I have read. It is like you are actually sitting there with the investigators and experiencing everything they are first hand. The plot keeps you guessing until the very end, and the historical aspect is fascinating. This book is a must read for fans of mysteries!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553572995
Author:
Carr, Caleb
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Serial murders
Subject:
New York
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Copyright:
Series Volume:
v. 2
Publication Date:
June 1995
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
6.87x4.18x1.33 in. .65 lbs.

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A mystery that takes place in New York City in the late 1800's; an investigation of a serial killer in the days when Jack the Ripper was the only known serial criminal and before forensics were what they are today, when skeptics laughed at the idea of fingerprinting for evidence. Carr explains in the introduction that the term alienist once referred to psychologists: the doctors who attend to those who have become "alienated" from themselves and from society. Psychologists, themselves, were considered a bit wack-o to want to spend hours in prison cells interviewing lunatics and studying the warped personalities of criminals. Anyway, I won't give it all away in this review. Let me just say it's a page turner!

"Review" by , "An original that fits no established mystery niche, Carr's fictional debut could be the start of something big."
"Review" by , "A knockout period mystery, infused with intelligence, vitality, and humor. This novel is a highly unorthodox variant of the Holmes-Watson theme and the best since Julian Symons's delightful A Three-Pipe Solution. It should entice new fans to the genre."
"Review" by , "A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages."
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