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The Alienist

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The Alienist

By Caleb Carr

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812976144, 498pp.

Publication Date: October 24, 2006

Soon to be a TNT original series

New York Times
Bestseller -- "A high-spirited, charged-up, and unfailingly smart thriller." - Los Angeles Times

"Caleb Carr's rich period thriller takes us back to a moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us... and] tracks the efforts of a team of farsighted investigators working frantically to solve a string of hideous murders... Absorbing... suspenseful... gratifying." -The Detroit News

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.

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.

Praise for The Alienist:

" A] delicious premise... Its setting and characterizations are much more sophisticated than run-of-the-mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores." - The Washington Post Book World

"The method of the hunt and the disparate team of hunters lift the tale beyond the level of a good thriller - way beyond... A remarkable combination of historical novel and psychological thriller." - The Buffalo News

"Remarkable... The reader is taken on a whirlwind tour of the Gilded Age metropolis, climbing up tenament stairs, scrambling across rooftops, and witnessing midnight autopsies... A breathtaking, finely crafted mystery." - Richmond Times-Dispatch

About the Author
CALEB CARR was born in Manhattan and grew up on the Lower East Side, where he still lives.

Praise For The Alienist

"You can smell the fear in the air." --The New York Times

"Gripping, atmospheric, intelligent, and entertaining." --USA Today

From the Paperback edition.