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The Alienist
The Alienist
Author: Caleb Carr
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812976144
ISBN-10: 0812976142
Publication Date: 10/24/2006
Pages: 498
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Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 14
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!
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The Alienist is a 19th century murder mystery set in New'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.
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If you like history, mystery, and psychology you will like this book. A great story with some unexpected twists in 19th century New York City. Enjoyed it a great deal.
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The 1890's was a period of incredible change and New York City was a center for a lot of that change. The Alienist is essentially a murder mystery set during this time in New York City, but it is much more than that. An alienist is the term used for a psychiatrist, in that time when psychiatry was barely recognized as a science, if it was recognized at all. This story weaves the many changes in attitude towards women, classes of people, law enforcement, with the physical changes taking place in the city of New York. This is a very enjoyable read.
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I found this book fascinating and could not put it down. I loved the CSI aspect of it, especially the historical details of how psychological profilers worked a century ago. I loved the detail Carr went into and even the side stories had me on the edge of my seat. I simply didn't want the story to end.

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