The Alienist

The Alienist Author Caleb Carr
ISBN-10 0812976142
ISBN-13 9780812976144
Year 2006-10-24
Pages 512
Language English
Publisher Random House
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New York Times Bestseller A high spirited charged up and unfailingly smart thriller Los Angeles Times Caleb Carr s rich period thriller takes us back to a moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us and tracks the efforts of a team of farsighted investigators working frantically to solve a string of hideous murders Absorbing suspenseful gratifying The Detroit NewsFast paced and gripping infused with a historian s exactitude The Alienistconjures 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 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 Praise for The Alienist A delicious premise Its setting and characterizations are much more sophisticated than run of the mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores The Washington Post Book World The method of the hunt and the disparate team of hunters lift the tale beyond the level of a good thriller way beyond A remarkable combination of historical novel and psychological thriller The Buffalo News Remarkable The reader is taken on a whirlwind tour of the Gilded Age metropolis climbing up tenament stairs scrambling across rooftops and witnessing midnight autopsies A breathtaking finely crafted mystery Richmond Times Dispatch

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