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The Alienist

2 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Caleb Carr

Set in 1896, Carr's novel about a serial killer lose in New York City was a 25-week PW bestseller.  Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Author: Caleb Carr
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Bantam
2 reviews about The Alienist
review by . October 30, 2011
In 1896, "New York Times" crime reporter, John Schuyler Moore, is urgently beckoned to the scene of a murder in the lower east side of New York. His friend Dr. Laslo Kreizler a psychologist (alienist) is there with their friend, police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt.      They see that the body has been mutilated and dressed as a woman. Roosevelt tells them that this is the third such crime and that they haven't been publicized because the victims were poor and …
review by . November 16, 2002
Throughout the first half I was convinced this book would only rate three amazon stars (I was planning to review it even while reading it!), since it was ponderous and somewhat poky in pace . . . and stuffed full of minutiae from late 19th century New York in ostentatious demonstration of the author's obviously extensive research. But, as I hit the half-way point, the book picked up and I finally began to become absorbed in the tale and its characters. While initially just interesting constructs, …
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