The Alienist Audio Cassette – Sep 1 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Set in 1896, Carr's novel about a serial killer lose in New York City was a 25-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
A society-born police reporter and an enigmatic abnormal psychologist--the "alienist" of the title--are recruited in 1896 by New York's reform police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to track down a serial killer who is slaughtering boy prostitutes. The investigators are opposed at every step by crime bosses and the city's hidden rulers (including J. Pierpont Morgan); they distrust the alienist's novel methods and would rather conceal evidence of the murders than court publicity. Tension builds as the detectives race to prevent more deaths. From this improbable brew, historian-novelist Carr ( The Devil Soldier , Random, 1991) has fashioned 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. Recommended. Literary Guild featured selection; Doubleday Book Club Selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/93.
- David Keymer, California State Univ., Stanislaus
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Moore is called to a crime scene by a friend of his, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, the Alienist, to help him with an enquiry. They hook up with the police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt and Sara Howard, the first woman police officer in New York, to investigate the murders along with two 'new age' brother detectives with a scientific bent - Marcus and Lucius. The problem is that the city does not care about the murder of child prostitutes, new policing techniques and Dr. Kreizler has some unorthodox views about metal illness that do not get him much respect in the city. Using Kreizler's ideas about the psychology of the killer the team decides to "profile" the killer to see if they can track him down before he commits the next murder. The Alienist - for all intensive purposes - is about the complex process of developing that profile and this is where the strength of the book really is and is main reason why you will enjoy reading it.
Apart from that deductive element The Alienist is really a run-of-the-mill "hunt the serial killer" type clichéd material.Read more ›
Narrated by investigative journalist John Schuyler Moore, we get to participate in the investigation with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, the "alienist" as psychiatrists were known then, Miss Sarah Howard, Teddy Roosevelt's assistant, Stevie Taggart, Dr. Kreizler's servant, and two New York City police detective brothers.
The best part of this book is knowing that the characters have been established and you can move on to the next book, The Angel of Darkness, which, in my opinion, is a much better, faster- moving read.
Most recent customer reviews
Thus novel is amazing and gruesome. A fascinating look at detective and psychiatry in the nineteenth century set against a brutal yet engrossing crime. Read morePublished 6 months ago by deromra
It was slow at the first several chapters, a lot of detail somewhat boring @ first. after the 1st 3rd of the book, it got more interestingPublished 16 months ago by Cynthia Chan
It's a great, long, criminal epic. I had a great journey reading it. It made me really want to eat french, multi-coursed meals too. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shesophist
It was a real page turner, with great real historical characters, and convincing fictional characters. I loved it.Published 18 months ago by Beverly Cameron
The only reason I gave this book a 4 was because it tended to drag on a little. Other than that this book was probably one of the most detailed I have ever read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Maria Casacalenda
Enjoyable historic fiction Novel but, quite wordy! I thought it was worth the long read a small diverse group trying to solve the murders of young boys who choose a life of male... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ken Foxcroft
One of the most well-researched, intelligently written books of historical fiction on the shelves. Carr not only utilizes the budding sciences of criminal psychology and... Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by cyberpsycho
Caleb Carr's The Alienist explores the process of tracking a killer in the 1890's. Without the use of high-tech "CSI" tools, Dr. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Cash Money