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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caitlinsmom, December 18, 2006 (view all comments by caitlinsmom)
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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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!
by Gilbert Taylor, Booklist,
"An original that fits no established mystery niche, Carr's fictional debut could be the start of something big."
by Library Journal,
"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."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages."
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