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Caleb Carr

Author of The Alienist

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About the Author

Caleb Carr, a lifetime resident of New York, was born in 1955 and grew up on the Lower East Side. His father was an editor and close friend to famous Beat Generation writers, such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Although Carr was personally exposed to their style of writing and Bohemian show more lifestyles, he chose to take his own work in a different direction. Where the Beat writers wrote purely from expression and feelings, Caleb Carr's works are diligently researched and known for their historical accuracy. Caleb Carr developed a love of history at a young age, acquiring a keen interest in military history while attending a Quaker high school. This interest led him to major in history at Kenyon College and NYU. Notable works by Caleb Carr are The Alienist, which was on the New York Times' bestseller list for 24 weeks; The Devil Soldier; and Angel of Darkness. In addition to writing fiction, Carr is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. (Bowker Author Biography) Caleb Carr was born in Manhattan and grew up on the Lower East Side, where he still lives. In addition to his bestselling fiction, Mr. Carr writes frequently on military and political affairs. He is series editor of the Modern Library War Series and is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. (Publisher Provided) show less

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Works by Caleb Carr

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The Mysterious Island (1874) — Introduction, some editions — 4,760 copies
The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (1886) — Editor, some editions — 1,862 copies
What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (2001) — Contributor — 1,029 copies
The Ghosts in Baker Street : New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2005) — Contributor — 45 copies
Exorcist: The Beginning {novel} (2004) — Creator — 31 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1992 (1992) — Author "The American Rommel" — 19 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1992 (1992) — Author "The Devil Soldier" and "Come on, boys. We're going in." — 18 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1989 (1989) — Author "Poland 1939" — 17 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1989 (1989) — Author "The Man of Silence" and "Königgrätz: "Who on earth is this General von Moltke?"" — 16 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1992 (1992) — Co-Author "The United States, the U.N., and Korea" — 16 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1994 (1994) — Author "The Black Knight" — 16 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 1990 (1990) — Author "The Troubled Genius of Oliver Cromwell" and "The Devilish Prince Rupert" — 15 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Spring 1998 (1998) — Author "Napoleon Wins at Waterloo" — 15 copies


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QUICK REVIEW: One of Caleb Carr’s more action-oriented books. Characters are fine for the most part. Solid storyline with the highlight being some fairly accurate predictions about the impending information age and the internet that was at the time of writing still in its infancy. Facit: readable
nitrolpost | 28 other reviews | Mar 19, 2024 |
(2016) Revisit to this author for the first time in 14 years. Something about the fact that he had a new book made me want to try him again. Not disappointed as the story of 2 partners who provide forensic consulting and teach classes online unfolds. They are skeptics and debunkers of CSI type of investigations as they think the science has been perverted. Here they get involved in cases of deaths of ?throwaway children? which are all considered suicides but are symptoms of a much deeper crime of trafficking in kids abandoned by parents and the system. Very good.KIRKUS REVIEWCarr (The Legend of Broken, 2012, etc.) returns with a curious whodunit that weds leisurely 19th-century storytelling with 21st-century unpleasantness.It's not a demand for the Big Apple to give up to the Wicked Witch. Instead, the title of Carr's new novel, full of echoes of and allusions to its predecessors, is also the name of an upstate town where NYPD psychologist Trajan Jones finds himself in exile, having crossed the brass one time too many. Now, with partner Mike Li, he's teaching criminology online, a fact that lands him new connectionsincluding a student who's caught up in a whole mess of dark secrets surrounding the forest-shrouded burg. Complicating the story are the local gendarmes, a young blind woman whoÂ¥this being a genre novel, after allÂ¥allows a good long glimpse at what's underneath her robe, andÂ¥this being a Carr novel, full of quirks all its ownÂ¥a pet cheetah. Bringing Up Baby it's not, though a sordid twist involving what Carr euphemistically calls ?illegal adoption? figures. It takes a good long while for the plot to unfold and the bad guys to emerge, as is the way of most police investigationsÂ¥and of Carr's Trollope-an style, long on atmospherics and short of car chases and their moral equivalents. And, as always, Carr takes an encyclopedic, parenthetical, village-explainer approach that some readers, used to swifter narratives, might not wholly endorse; along the way, we learn, for example, of the tensions between medical examiners and coroners, who are not the same thing, and why Albany is the capital of New York, for better or worse. Yet Carr's story poses an utterly modern question: for a career-minded politico, which is worse, a child-neglect scandal or a serial killer on the loose? We get to see both at work, including some nicely nasty mayhem: ?He'd been hit in the center of the back, the shot shattering his spine and, I found when I turned him over, taking away part of his chest.?Carr's many fans will find this well worth the wait.Pub Date: Aug. 23rd, 2016ISBN: 978-0-679-45569-1Page count: 624ppPublisher: Random HouseReview Posted Online: May 30th, 2016Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2016… (more)
derailer | 26 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
Not very good, rambling fantasy about group that can create false histories via the Internet that changes history. The ending was over the top when Moscow is blown up by nuclear bomb and there are no global repurcussions.
derailer | 28 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
Very good follow up to ?The Alienist?, this one about a woman serial murderer who kills her children or wards. Long (626 pgs) & plodding but good story.
derailer | 65 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |



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