Alienist Paperback – Jan 12 1995
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***SPOILER ALERT BELLOW***
I don't read crime thrillers and novels to not know why he did it! I mean COME ON! http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l526/LeeFannee/300x300px-LL-e84453ed_Are-You-Fucking-Kidding-Me-Rage-Face-Meme-Template-Blank-300x295_zpsda50c2fc.png
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 ›
Soon joining the team is police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt and Sara Howard a secretary in the police department. Carr is stacking the deck against them given a reporter, a woman and an Alienist would not garner much respect in the seedy underworld. Together they investigate and build a psychological profile of the killer, “... belief that the answers one gives to life's crucial questions are never truly spontaneous; they are the embodiment of years of contextual experience, of the building of patterns in each of our lives that eventually grow to dominate our behavior.”
Though the plot is solid it is secondary to the characters, the use of real world people, the fast pace, and most importantly, the atmosphere. New York City is its own character providing not only a rich backdrop but a living and breathing entity. In my recent read of the book all of this stood up. I am amazed it was never made into a movie but fans should know that a television series in the works.
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A little wordy but very reflective of the times. Excellent puzzle solver.Published 3 months ago by Rick Legge
A very well written book. Gruesome some times but the story is very interesting. I loved the characters and the details of that era. I thought that the ending felt rushed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nilton C. Teixeira
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