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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.
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.
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 29 days 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 10 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 11 months ago by Shesophist
It was a real page turner, with great real historical characters, and convincing fictional characters. I loved it.Published 12 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 13 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 15 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