In the spring of 1896 the New York City police department is faced with a dilemma. Someone is mutilating and murdering young male prostitutes. Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt brings together Dr Laszlo Kreizler, a controversial profiler (aka alienist), John Moore, the police beat reporter for the Times, and an assorted cast of trustworthy detectives and friends to take the case. Can this team of unexpected investigators find the murderer before he strikes again??
Overall, I enjoyed Carr's vivid description of turn of the century NYC and his ability to write in response to the time period's needs. I don't think he missed a single detail. The ending was slightly anti-climactic though I would not hesitate to recommend the book to anyone interested in this type of novel.
The Angel of Darkness is more adventures of this funny, endearing group of characters. Sorry, had to get that recommentdation in too!
The Alienist is a 19th century murder mystery set in New York...it's CSI meets Sherlock Holmes.
A serial killer is loose in the underbelly of the city, and a very unlikely group of people band together in an attempt to solve the murders. It's a story about cutting-edge criminal technology: fingerprinting, character profiling, handwriting analysis, creative detective work, and the stealth required to pull off such an investigation without the real authorities catching on.
I found this book to be exactly what I am looking for: 19th century authenticity; a Holmes-like main character with competent and likeable sidekicks, an intelligent investigation, plenty of action, and an overall great plot.
I find this book to be an absolute must-read and I highly recommend it.