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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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It was exciting and hard to put down. The characters were well thought off. I especially like the Isaacsons and our narrator Moore but I can't find Laszlo Kreiszler endearing. I didn't even feel sorry for him when Mary died. Over-all it was a good historical fiction book.
However, I found it too long. It had a difficulty maintaining momentum and the ending is kind of disappointing. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 10, 2014 |
Teddy Roosevelt is police commissioner of New York City and somebody in his city is butchering underage male prostitutes. With the help of Samuel Moore, a reporter with a yen for gambling, booze, and women, Roosevelt calls in Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, the eponymous alienist.

Read the rest at: http://thegrimreader.blogspot.com/2014/02/i-find-some-crime-novels-that-make-gra... ( )
  nohrt4me2 | Feb 19, 2014 |
I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books. The Alienist is so well-researched and vivid you truly get lost in London and can almost smell Bedlam as Kreizler, the pioneer of mental health, helps to solve truly heinous crimes. The ecclectic group of characters (not the least of whom include Teddy Roosevelt) is a perfect set up for a classic mystery in Victorian London--with a serial killer kind of twist, of course.

The sequel is equally well-done, this time narrated by young Stevie. Carr does a phenomenal job showing how London's East End has forced him to be a man while still showing that he is, ultimately, a child. The bittersweet relationship he has with a young prostitute is a nice side story to main mystery plot.

For more of my mystery reviews, please visit my blog, The Body on the Floor, at www.bodyonthefloor.blogspot.com. ( )
  Shutzie27 | Feb 11, 2014 |
Set in NYC at the turn of the century, it is the beginning of profiling and forensics and serial killers. The story is lush and engaging. The characters lively. But, for me, once again, the setting made this book, for me, a true treasure. ( )
  tiddleyboom | Jan 6, 2014 |
Just too long and far too much psycho babble spoil a good book ( )
  richardgarside | Jan 5, 2014 |
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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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