The Alienist


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A first novel, set in 1896 in New York, where Roosevelt is the newly-appointed Police Commissioner. When a number of young male prostitutes are murdered and his staff refuse to investigate the killings, Roosevelt quietly encourages a psychologist to try to identify the assassin.

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Sarah D. M

Dec 6, 2012

Great book

This is a great book. Very interesting and exciting as well.


Nov 15, 2012

Historical CSI

Interesting mystery with early development of CSI techniques and historical fiction about NYC.


Jan 6, 2011

Have not finished the book

It takes a while to get into his books. They are very dark and cover subjects that are equally dark. You should not try to speed read his books. You will miss something.

Scott F

Sep 23, 2010

Four stars

Book was in decent shape but had tear on dust jacket that as not mentioned in the offering listing


Aug 7, 2010

facts in fiction

This is a fictional account of an early attempt to track a serial killer by profiling. Mr. Carr consulted with many psychiatrists and criminologists to get the facts about the character right. He grew up in the neighborhoods where he places the action. I lived 45 years in a suburb of that area and know his details are right on the money. The story moves on quite quickly and he skillfully weaves real historical personages into his stories. He has obviously studied them as well, as his evocations fit well with biographies of these people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the sequel, Angel of Darkness. Read this one first!

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