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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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Fascinating historical mystery based in NYC. Psychologists were not generally well regarded, it seems, at this time period. ( )
  rwilliams2911 | Jun 21, 2016 |
This is a big book in many ways. It was quite an enjoyable read overall, but it did rather plod along for me in the first half of the book. The second Half was much more enjoyable for me and had more pace. That said I did enjoy the book and story, and the way it unravelled during the book. At times I do feel less description was needed and that there was too much superfluous detail, e.g when they went to Roosevelt's house did we need so much detail about his children as it didn't add to the story. I would have given the first half 3 stars and the second half four stars so I will go for 3.5 stars. I much preferred the books of Jed Rubenfeld in this style. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
The Alienist by Caleb Carr.
Sub-genre: Historical mystery
5 Stars

Synopsis:
Before the modern day criminal profiler, there were "alienists" - psychologists interested in the workings of the criminal mind. In this book a crime reporter, John Schulyer Moore, is asked by his friend, Theodore Roosevelt in his days as the police commissioner of New York, to assist one of these alienists in the search for a serial killer butchering young children in the sex trade.

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This is a well-researched take on life in New York at the turn of the 20th century. The characterization is excellent, especially that of Sara, Roosevelt's secretary who is determined to become the first female detective, and the alienist, Lazlo Kreizler who seeks to understand the origins of monstrous behaviors while at the same time fighting demons of his own. The books includes some fascinating details on the beginnings of forensic science and has a profound message about humanity and society. The language and descriptive passages can be quite challenging to get through but they are well worth it.
Recommendation: An absolute must for lovers of mystery and thrillers as well as the history of New York. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
New York City, 1896. A serial killer is on the loose, gruesomely preying upon cross-dressing boy prostitutes. Police detectives are making no progress solving the ghastly crimes. In fact, someone with power or influence seems to be bent on silencing witnesses and thwarting any investigation. Reform-minded police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (yes, the same TR who later became president), determined to catch the killer, assembles an unconventional group of investigators headed by "alienist" Dr. Lazlo Kreizler. (In the 19th century, when psychology was in its infancy, the mentally ill were considered "alienated" from themselves and society, and the experts who treated them were known as "alienists.")
Dr. Kreizler's team includes his former Harvard classmate, New York Times crime reporter John Moore; Moore's longtime friend, spitfire heiress-turned-NYPD-secretary Sara Hamilton; and two former mental patients who now work as his servants.
To help identify the killer--who leaves behind very few clues, manages to spirit his victims out of locked rooms, and passes through the city unnoticed--the team attempts to develop a psychological profile of the type of person who would be capable of such horrendous deeds. The novelty of their approach does not win them any fans from the mental-health establishment or most NYPD detectives, and throughout the novel, they attempt to keep their involvement secret.

Caleb Carr is a gifted writer with the ability to transport you to another time and place within pages. In addition, he knows how to write a good detective thriller. This one of the finest historical mysteries I've ever read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
The Alienist – Caleb Carr – 4 stars
This is no easy light whodunit. It’s dense, detailed, complex writing. The book is also violently graphic. The images were so disturbing, I wasn’t sure I would ever finish the book. I’m glad I persevered. The historical premise is fascinating, the characters were well developed and the use of real historical figures was believable.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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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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