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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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Bello bello. C. ha scritto 500 pag di romanzo solido, documentato, intelligente. Composto con attenzione, mai volgare o qualunquista, è un romanzo la cui copertina rende bene il colore che si respira: virato in seppia.
New York alla fine dell'800 è un girone infernale e puzzolente, dove gli immigrati vivono in tuguri e la dignità dei deboli viene continuamente calpestata. Dove i ricchi sono smodatamente ricchi, i gangster innegabilmente gangster, i poliziotti irrimediabilmente corrotti. Roosvelt - quello che poi sara' presidente - è presente, come un cigno bianco in mezzo alla melma. C'e' il Times, ci sono i manicomi, ci sono i primi psicologi dal nome curioso e dalla provenienza europea... ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Loved it! ( )
  JillNYC | Oct 26, 2014 |
Historical fiction set in New York and basically like a Criminal Minds ?? Thought I would love it and really only liked it. It was good and written well, but just too long with too many characters to have to track. ( )
  sbenne3 | Oct 26, 2014 |
An excellent combination of history, and mystery. Author is an expert in history and uses his skills to bring together well researched information about serial killers, the history of crime in New York City, and the development of crime detecting methods using the beginnings of psychology. And he does all this with a heart stopping mystery well crafted to keep you reading even when you have other things you should be doing. Like sleeping, perhaps. ( )
  maggie1944 | Oct 13, 2014 |
The most interesting part of this book was the time in which it took place. As a fan of CSI, I believe that science can catch any criminal who ever committed any crime--ever. With that in mind, it was very interesting to read a book taking place at the turn of the 20th century, a time when fingerprinting wasn't considered hard science, and the act of trying to 'think like the killer' was foriegn....this was a very refreshing and interesting book.

A definite must read for anyone who likes killer-dramas! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
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"They who would be young when they are old, must be old when they are young."

John Ray, 1670
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This book is dedicated to

Ellen Blain, Meghann Haldeman,

Ethan Randall, Jack Evans,

and Eugene Byrd
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January 8th, 1919

Theodore is in the ground.
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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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