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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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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 |
How much does a star cost??? I'm in need of more stars to properly rate this.

This book is just utterly brilliant. In every way. From the writing to the characters to the plot. Even the minor details. Not only is everything intricately planned, Carr gives the kind of suspense that led me hanging on to every single word. Words simply cannot describe my love for this book! Definitely going to pick up the second book. ( )
  novewong | Jul 8, 2015 |
The good news is that it doesn't FEEL like 600 pages. A fun, fast read and very enjoyable, if filled with gristly detail. The bad news is that just about every prediction the team makes about the killer turns out to be true--it's almost magical! This really seems to take some of the complexity out of psychological profiling (though I suspect it's meant to do the opposite). I didn't really know much about this book when I picked it up except that it was a historical serial-killer mystery. It was pretty good, but not great. You can totally read it in a weekend, which was probably the best thing about it. ( )
  sansmerci | May 28, 2015 |
Although not really a "page turner" of a mystery, this is a really well done book. The plot and story are more of a "whydoneit" than "whodoneit".

I did find it hard to get through the first half if the book - mainly because there's lots of backstory and speculation vice "action". Additionally, there is an incredible amount of science - namely psychology. Nevertheless, even this is interesting given the setting - New York in the 1890's when Teddy Roosevelt was police commissioner.

The action picks up in the last half of the book and I found that despite my initial misgivings, I would like to pick up the adventures of the stories investigators in the sequel.

If you like historical fiction and mystery, you will like this book. ( )
  dham340 | May 10, 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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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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