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The Year Is , 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 BrothelsThe Newly Appointed Police Commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, In A Highly Unorthodox Move, Enlists The Two Men In The Murder Investigation, Counting On The Reserved Kreizler S Intellect And Moore S Knowledge Of New York S Vast Criminal Underworld They Are Joined By Sara Howard, A Brave And Determined Woman Who Works As A Secretary In The Police Department Laboring In Secret For Alienists, And The Emerging Discipline Of Psychology, Are Viewed By The Public With Skepticism At Best , The Unlikely Team Embarks On What Is A Revolutionary Effort In Criminology Amassing A Psychological Profile Of The Man They Re Looking For Based On The Details Of His Crimes Their Dangerous Quest Takes Them Into The Tortured Past And Twisted Mind Of A Murderer Who Has Killed Before And Will Kill Again Before The Hunt Is OverFast 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 In this battle, there are many enemies And that s an understatement.The darkly moving shadows seeking oblivion, nameless figures shapeshifting in back alleys and roof tops The click of heels down rain soaked streets leading to nowhere and to everywhere Secrets until they are no longer.New York City in 1896 is a mecca for the meaningful and the meaningless Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt has been faced with the dregs of society thieves, murderers, brutalizers, and sexual deviants They swim like river rats through the streets knowing just what hole to crawl into.But this time, there s a killer on the loose whose target is young male prostitutes His calling card is a savagely violent one Roosevelt calls in Dr Laszlo Kreizler whose command lies in the area of psychology and human criminal behavior Psychological profiling is in its earliest stages along with the newly adopted science of fingerprinting Kreizler creates a group of individuals including John Moore and Sara Howard You ll meet a cast of goodies and severe baddies who will either honestly assist or dastardly sabotage the hunt for the killer on all sides of the law.Be forewarned This is a very graphic interlude into unspeakable crimes on the streets of New York It certainly is not for everyone But the writing and storyline are stellar and will play into the upcoming series on TLC beginning soon I was nearly cross eyed from reading into the wee hours in order to be ready for the series.And on the flip side.Here s hoping that these remarkable characters especially my beloved Teddy Roosevelt are handed off to worthy actors who will transform this book into a top drawer experience for those who wait anxiously Just stick to the book, people, and we ll all be tap dancing like the Rockettes. This book was FIZZING which, according to my 19th Century Art of Manliness glossary, means excellent, top notch Well, fizzing it was Through most of this book, I had it rated at 5.0 stars as I was absolutely captivated by the writing, the characters and the plot and loved how they were all deftly tethered to a great depiction of late 19th Century everyday life I would describe this as a psychological thriller and detective mystery set in the 1890 s and blending a Sherlock Holmes type investigator i.e., Dr Lazlo Kreizler and a Hannibal Lector Jeffrey Dahmer like serial killer straight of today For me, what set it over the top good was the healthy dose of historical fiction thrown in for interesting background It just gave the book a unique, interesting feel as it had the darkness and grit of a present day hunt the serial killer story but with the customs, constraints and daily rituals of 19th Century New York life In addition, to the excellent job the author did in establishing a sense of place, I also really liked the way Carr incorporated into the narrative several real life murderers that were contemporaries of the killer in this novel This added a sense of authenticity that upped the creepy on the rest of the plot For example, the book refers to Dr H.H Holmes whose murders were depicted in The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America and Jesse Pomeroy who was depicted in Fiend The Shocking True Story Of Americas Youngest Serial Killer The main character, Dr Kreizler, was excellent abel focused a great vehicle to carry the plot forward The pacing was good and mytstery solving aspects of this novel i.e., the piecing together of clues and discussions of what they mean about as good as it gets There is real talent in this work and I was greatly impressed by the read My one gripe is that I thought the ending, while in keeping with the tone of the rest of the book, was a little flat I was hoping for a better payoff and ended up with a slight case of literary blue brains when I didn t get the release I was hoping for Thus I lowered my overall rating to 4.5 stars because nobody likes blue brains Still I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to fans of the genre or just someone looking for a great story I will definitely be checking out the sequel Nominee Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. Update I am so excited I just found out there s going to be a Tv series after the novel Here is the trailer and it looks amazing with a great cast Can t wait.https www.youtube.com watch v JcJQnI realized that I can usually feel a 5 book from the first 50 pages There is something in the author s voice that gets to me The same thing happened with The Alienist It just had me at hello The novel is historical fiction written by a non fiction author Although I could feel that background from the attention to the detail he employed in the description of the historical setting, it was never dull and he did a great job to introduce me in the atmosphere of 1896, New York and its underworld I particularly enjoyed that he used as characters real people e.g Teddy Roosevelt and he mingled them with fictional ones in a way that they all seemed real to me I was expecting for Dr Laszlo Kreizler to be an actual doctor from that time and I was quite disappointed when I found out he never existed This is a very well written psychological thriller which focuses on the whydunit than on whodonit I loved how the investigation team came up with the psychological traits of the killer and searched for the perpetrator based on them It is a novel about the early stages of criminal profiling, quite a fascinating subject My only regret was that I did not have enough time to read and I had to enjoy this beautiful book in small bites which altered the flow of my experience. I guess I just need than a mammoth miniseries version of a steampunk era CSI episode I ve never enjoyed that show what little I ve watched of it because the minutia of forensic science and criminal psychology utterly bore me when they are not tied to interesting themes, characters with depth, or a rich atmosphere the entirely insipid protagonist made me entirely frustrated the pedestrian prose made me want to scream the fact that the cover is the most evocative thing about a novel that should have had atmosphere to die for made me feel like I was dying inside each time I turned the page only to discover 100% plot mechanics and 0% anything of interest besides the, I suppose, page turning plot the whole experience of reading this book was excruciating however if you are a fan of CSI, then this is probably a 4 or 5 star book for you enjoy Caleb Carr s novel of a serial killer on the loose in turn of the century New York, and the dangerous pursuit of him by Dr Lazlo Kreizler and his friends is a truly wonderful read This has so much period atmosphere the reader can almost hear the hoofbeats trotting over the cobblestone streets beneath gaslit street lamps It is long and exciting, yet not long enough, because by the time you finish, you ll feel like many of these people are your friends, and want to spend time with them.The riveting story is narrated by Dr Kreizler s good friend, John Moore Before you are finished reading this delicious historical mystery you will meet an array of interesting and memorable characters you ll come to cherish Sara Howard is a pretty and extremely capable woman ahead of her time Sara and Kreizler s pal, Moore, push the investigation forward against strong opposition from conventional law enforcement Two New York cops also ahead of their time, Lucius and Marcus, will use footwork and cutting edge investigative techniques to catch a dangerous killer A young street urchin, Stevie, saved from a miserable future by the good doctor, and a very loyal servant named Cyrus round out this rag tag group that confront the unthinkable They will break new ground, using Lazlo s profile to catch a serial killer.When Lazlo s old friend, Theodore Roosevelt, now head of the New York Police Department, is confronted with several murders of boy prostitutes so gruesome in nature that even the most seasoned and hardened of professionals can barely stomach being called to the murder scenes, he makes a decision that will change the face of police work forever He unofficially allows Kreizler to form a small group to pursue the killer through psychological profiling Police secretary Sara Howard, and crime reporter John Moore, a man who knows the underbelly of New York all to well, are two of the main players in this exciting mystery As they close in on the killer through Kreizler s use of psychological profiling, danger hits closer to home than any of our friends had expected.There are moments so full of flavor in this fine historical mystery that you ll feel like you are sitting alongside the characters at Delmonico s as they enjoy a good meal, and plan their next move This fine novel is truly memorable, and holds a special place among books I ve read If you love historical mysteries you do not want to miss this one Prior to the twentieth century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated , not only from the rest of society but from their own true natures Those experts who studied mental pathologies were therefore know as alienists. At two a.m on March 3rd, 1896 someone comes pounding on the door of John Moore s grandmother s house in New York City Not drunk, nor particularly sober, when called from his bed, John is immediately whisked away by carriage, to the site of the still under construction Williamsburg Bridge on the East River On arrival he is greeted by none other than Theodore Roosevelt yes the future president Still unsure why he is there or why his friend Dr Kreizler, whose very carriage bore him there, is not in attendance, John casts about and around until finally he lay eyes upon it the brutally, mutilated body of an adolescent boy It will not be the last one he sees.As I was reading this I often thought that it read like an actual historic event, being retold as a story After all Mr Carr first dipped his pen in the nonfiction inkwell Scattered throughout this story are actual historical figures, which belong in that time and place, such as Teddy Roosevelt, H H Holmes and Jesse Pomeroy And that pen of which I speak, spills magic as Carr deftly transports you to an atmospheric late 19th century New York City, complete with the sights street vendors hawking their wares police corruption and brutality unwashed, malnourished children running wild , sounds hooves on cobblestones and smells quite disgusting reminders of time before modern day sewage systems one would expect.It is a first person narrative told through the perspective of John Moore, reporter on the police beat, as a recollection of events past I know there are readers out there who felt that this robbed the story of some of its tension and suspense, I mean clearly John had to survive to tell the tale, but it did not have the same effect on me There were plenty of other characters that Carr had me caring enough about to ensure a tight fisted grip upon the page One such character is Dr Laszlo Kreiszler, psychologist, or as they were then known, an alienist Kreizler, at Roosevelt s request and with his assistance, pulls together a team including the above noted John as well as two detectives, trained in and excited at the prospect of using new and modern methods such as fingerprinting and handwriting analysis, as well as Sara, Roosevelt s secretary who has ambitions to rise well beyond her current role in the NYC police department, ambitions which though stubbornly determined to achieve, she recognizes, are not even open for consideration as an appropriate role for a woman in 1896 Kreizler then leads this team, together with a smattering of some of his colourful I am looking at you Stevie , personal aides through the process of what we today would term as psychological profiling All very heady and compelling stuff As the profile, coupled with conclusions drawn from the physical evidence available, begins to take on the aspect of a real person, the team closes in on an absolutely horrific monster I have also read some negative feedback on how this story comes to a conclusion Some feel it was rushed or they were cheated of further psychological details, but again I cannot share those views Given the circumstances, the details already unearthed and the political climate of that time and place, I found the ending realistically consistent with my expectations of what would in all likelihood actually happen.If you are looking for an intelligent, high spirited, in depth, look at the mind of a sadistic serial killer as well as a stroll through the late 19th century streets of New York City then you should most assuredly pick up The Alienist It is a thumping good read I tend not to like historical fiction, but this one blew me away I challenge any thriller and suspense lover to try this book and not get hooked by the end of the first chapter Fabulous. I don t know about your shelves but my shelves of unread books have become clogged with novels I thought I wanted to read five or six years ago and now I can t remember why I thought I wanted to read them and since I ve now read all the ones I could remember why I wanted to read them I m left with this scurvy crew, and there they are, glaring at me and muttering hey, you, get with the program, read me. And some turn on the waterworks and cry out beseechingly ohhh please mister, I ve been so patient for six years now, I need to be read. I feel like a right bastard but I have to be honest why are you thereI ask them Why are you taking up this valuable real estate I m talking to you, Continental Drift, Tiger the Lurp Dog, Imaginary Women and Smonk. Smonk What the hell is Smonk But of course they don t know No book knows why you buy it Just like you don t know why you re born You might think the blurbs on these books could give a clue but blurbs lie You would have to waterboard a blurb to get anything like the truth out of it but waterboarding is illegal I have stopped doing that now Course I do know why some books are there these are the Novels I Should Have Read By Now There they stand sneering at me like undone homework The Forsyte Saga, Sister Carrie, The Way We Live Now, The Ambassadors, Middlemarch all big enough to bust up your big toe real bad if they fell on it Herr, herr, he s scared of us, they jeer Yer big Jessie.I just about remembered why I bought The Alienist years ago I love modern Victorian novels like Fingersmith or The Quincunx, and I like a nice gruesome murder and I do believe this novel smashes these concepts together so what could therefore not be to like I gave it the statutory 100 pages then stopped It wasn t bad but I could see where this thing was going and a wave of tiredness came over me What we have is yet another version of the brilliant Sherlock Holmes Dr Kreizler and the tough, dependable Dr Watson John Moore plus the usual highly unlikely gaggle of helpers a giant black guy, two Jewish detectives, a remarkably feisty female police secretary who packs a.45 really, all from central casting Should we say, all from Liberal Left Central Casting once again, all the good guys in the novel have nice progressive inclusive non racist attitudes The kind of attitudes modern readers would feel comfortable with, however likely they may have been in New York 1896 And once again our heroes are faced with a giant conspiracy of the powerful who like to prey on the powerless and chop them up for fun We have been here before Many times Really, it s a little bit corny But that s crime fiction When I listen to doo wop music or blues I know what I m going to get When I read a big 500 page novel I don t want to know what I m going to get And now onto Smonk Five Questions to Help Decide if You Should Read Caleb Carr s The Alienist1 Do you love a good thriller Because what you might find between the covers of this book is a story that is anything but your typical thriller Though it contains many frights, twists, and tense moments, the pace is much different from your standard fare Carr chooses to unfold the tale of the shocking murders of child prostitutes as a journey of almost academic discovery led by the Sherlock esque Laszlo Kreizler Though there s all the elements of your run of the mill nail biter, they are spaced out over long periods and occasionally eschew the traditional clip for which the genre is famous That isn t to say that the book is not compelling or hard to put down 2 Do you like your books thick Because The Alienist was of an undertaking than I had been expecting Carr s formatting of the book as the memoirs of John Shuyler Moore allows him to luxuriate amidst the the 1890 s setting that he so convincingly brings to life At first this felt like unnecessary and I was begging for tighter editing Pushing past my millennial attention span, I found that by the time the book really starts to pick up, Carr had beautifully established the world and made me care for his characters Each paragraph is laden with detail, and while not all of it is vital to the story, it helps to enrich Carr s vision of 1869 New York 3 Did you love Mindhunter Because I sure did Though the chronological proximity in which I consumed them likely colours my judgement, I couldn t help but compare Carr s novel to the excellent, David Fincher directed serial killer drama on Netflix Both stories feature a colourful cast of characters who rarely shy away from the morally and physically revolting subject matter with which they deal Like Mindhunter, The Alienist sees the team trading academic insights into the mutilation and murders of the killers whom they hunt and struggling against those who disagree with their atypical methods Suffice to say, if you like the pace and tone of Mindhunter and can imagine it transplanted into the late 1800 s, you ll like this too.4 Do you like a good cast Because Carr populates his novel with many endearing characters outside of the good doctor, Laszlo Kreizler Moore serves as a rakish and hard drinking journalist who is dismayed to have been cast aside by his former fianc Moore s narration works, in part, because he is present for all the most thrilling of occurrences, but also because he offers a relatable window through which the reader can view the macabre and academic nature of the team s work Sara Howard is also compelling in both her natural adaptation to the work and her steadfast struggle against the patriarchy Mixed in with these three leads are a host of other wonderful characters who were a joy to meet whether they were in the story for pages or throughout 5 Do you like to do a bit of thinking Because The Alienist proved to be a much cerebral novel than I had anticipated Not only does the book take an intellectual approach to murder hunting but it also addresses social upheaval at the turn of the century, child prostitution, immigration, and much I was a little taken aback at first when I saw how much time Carr intended to spend on the broadening of societal woes Luckily, this makes for a book that feels both like a challenge overcome and a reward earned by the time I closed its final pages If you can handle a book that s not only different from your standard thriller, but a bit of a thinker too then you ll be well pleased with Carr s novel.