- Publish Date: 2006-10-24
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Caleb Carr
NEW YORK TIMESÂ BESTSELLER â¢ SOON TO BE A TNT ORIGINAL
âA first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.ââEntertainment Weekly
âCaleb Carrâs rich period thriller takes us back to the moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us.ââThe Detroit News
When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.
The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizlerâa psychologist, or âalienistââto view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.
Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning societyâs belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.
Praise for The Alienist
â[A] delicious premise . . . Its settings and characterizations are much more sophisticated than the run-of-the-mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores.ââThe Washington Post Book World
âMesmerizing.ââDetroit Free Press
âThe method of the hunt and the disparate team of hunters lift the tale beyond the level of a good thrillerâway beyond. . . . A remarkable combination of historical novel and psychological thriller.ââThe Buffalo News
âA ripsnorter of a plot . . . a fine dark ride.ââThe Arizona Daily Star
âRemarkable . . . The reader is taken on a whirlwind tour of the Gilded Age metropolis, climbing up tenement stairs, scrambling across rooftops, and witnessing midnight autopsies. . . . A breathtaking, finely crafted mystery.ââRichmond Times-DispatchÂ
âGripping, atmospheric . . . intelligent and entertaining.ââUSA Today
âA high-spirited, charged-up and unfailingly smart thriller.ââLos Angeles Times
âKeeps readers turning pages well past their bedtime.ââSan Francisco ChronicleÂ
âHarrowing, fascinating . . . will please fans of Ragtime and The Silence of the Lambs.ââThe Flint Journal