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The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Alienist (edition 2006)

by Caleb Carr

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Title:The Alienist
Authors:Caleb Carr
Info:Random House (2006), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 512 pages
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The Alienist by Caleb Carr

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Turgid historical thriller bogged down by poorly-integrated historical excurses and overly-detailed descriptions of travels through the streets of Manhattan that read like GPS instructions (". . .we turned up along the eastern edge of Madison Square Park to Twenty-sixth, then changed directions in front of the Italianate arcades and towers of Madison Square Garden to head east once more. . . .in just a few more minutes we crossed First Avenue and pulled up behind a large black ambulance on the Twenty-sixth street side of the hospital grounds. . ." [33]). The writing ranges from undistinguished to painfully stilted (". . .we found that it involved sodomy of both the anal and oral varieties" [101]!) and the first-person narrator chronically dispels the illusion of historical authenticity by lapsing into late-20th c. attitudinizing. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
I did not rate this because I read only half of this book. It is too slow, too difficult to keep my mind on it. Interesting history, but nothing much happens.
  techeditor | Nov 7, 2015 |
The first chapters of this novel nearly ended further reading of this impressive novel. The story presents the new techniques used to track and locate serial killers. Laszlo Kreizler is a doctor of the mind in New York in 1896, and many people are not open to these new methods. The story involves many historic figures such as Theodore Roosevelt and J P Morgan. The conditions in the slums of New York are terrible. John Moore, the narrator, works for the New York Times, but has joined Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and other people in their quest to find the killer of young male prostitutes. Two Jewish brothers, Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, utilize fingerprinting and other methods of finding the killer. A lone woman, Theodore Roosevelt's secretary, Sara Howard, attempts to prove that women can work in the police department. The book starts slowly and like the locomotives in the story, begins to pick up speed and dash to the station. ( )
  delphimo | Oct 29, 2015 |
Fascinating, enjoyed the mystery and characters... ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Aug 9, 2015 |
This was an interesting book. Not knowing what an Alienist was (a psychologist) I found the information in the book very interesting. Written about the late 1800's, the book is about this gruesome serial killer attacking young boys. Lazlo Kreizler is the Alienist. He is interested in solving the crime of the serial killer so he gets together a crew of investigators, John Moore a reporter for the Times, Sara a secretary for the police force, and the Isachason (sp) brothers who use new methods in investigations. I found the book to be wordy but very interesting. If your touchy about crimes against children, you may want to avoid this book.b overall I liked it. For the most part it kept my interest. ( )
  bwhitner | Jul 23, 2015 |
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Nueva York, 1896. John Schuyler Moore, reportero de sucesos del New York Times, recibe en plena madrugada la llamada de su antiguo compañero de estudios en Harward, el famoso psicólogo (o alienista) Laszlo Kreizler. Éste le cita en el puente de Williamsburg, donde se ha cometido un crimen horrible. Ambos amigos deberán colaborar con la policía y trazar, utilizando cada uno sus habilidades, el perfil psicológico del asesino.
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"They who would be young when they are old, must be old when they are young."

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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 boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

        The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of New York's vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology-- amassing a psychological profile of the man they're looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before. and will kill again before the hunt is over.

        Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian's exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society's belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.

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When a madman begins stalking victims on the streets of 1896 New York, a team of investigators is forced to apply radical and untested techniques that include fingerprinting and the controversial science of psychology.

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