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ISBN13: 9780812976144
ISBN10: 0812976142
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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.

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

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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

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"Gripping, atmospheric, intelligent, and entertaining." USA Today

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"The result is somehow gripping yet lifeless, as evocative period detail jostles with a cast of characters who are, for the most part, as pallid as the murder victims....Unremarkable as a genre thriller, then, but highly satisfactory as fictionalized social history." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Now back in print — this fast-paced, convincing New York Times bestselling thriller is set in New York City in 1896, where two men and a brave, determined woman embark on a quest that takes them into the tortured mind of a barbaric serial killer.

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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CentralCaliGrrrl, April 13, 2011 (view all comments by CentralCaliGrrrl)
Absolutely fascinating mix of fact and fiction! Best-selling author Caleb Carr gives us several murder mysteries rolled into one with this thrilling hunt for one of New York’s first serial killers.

Set at the turn of the century, eminent alienist Laszlo Kreizler, accompanied by his good friends John Moore and Sara Howard and two quarreling brother investigators Lucius and Marcus Isaacson, must stop a savage beast before he strikes again. With the addition of real-life characters such as Teddy Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, you could easily believe that you’re reading a true crime thriller.

Caleb Carr’s extensive historical education and the amazing amount of research he puts into his work truly goes a long way towards bringing the sights, scents and sounds of this great city and time period come alive. At around 600 pages in length, The Alienist is a surprisingly quick read. So much well-written, page-turning excitement will leave you longing for even more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812976144
Author:
Carr, Caleb
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Serial murders
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
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Subject:
fiction;mystery;historical fiction;crime;new york;historical;serial killer;thriller;psychology;new york city;novel;murder;19th century;suspense;historical mystery;history;theodore roosevelt;detective;forensics;crime fiction;victorian;american;murder myste
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 PHOTOS
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x 1.1 in 1 lb

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Product details 512 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812976144 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An original that fits no established mystery niche, Carr's fictional debut could be the start of something big."
"Review" by , "A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages."
"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 , "Gripping, atmospheric, intelligent, and entertaining."
"Review" by , "The result is somehow gripping yet lifeless, as evocative period detail jostles with a cast of characters who are, for the most part, as pallid as the murder victims....Unremarkable as a genre thriller, then, but highly satisfactory as fictionalized social history."
"Synopsis" by , Now back in print — this fast-paced, convincing New York Times bestselling thriller is set in New York City in 1896, where two men and a brave, determined woman embark on a quest that takes them into the tortured mind of a barbaric serial killer.
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