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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A society-born police reporter and an enigmatic abnormal psychologist--the "alienist" of the title--are recruited in 1896 by New York's reform police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt to track down a serial killer who is slaughtering boy prostitutes. The investigators are opposed at every step by crime bosses and the city's hidden rulers (including J. Pierpont Morgan); they distrust the alienist's novel methods and would rather conceal evidence of the murders than court publicity. Tension builds as the detectives race to prevent more deaths. From this improbable brew, historian-novelist Carr ( The Devil Soldier , Random, 1991) has fashioned a knockout period mystery, infused with intelligence, vitality, and humor. This novel is a highly unorthodox variant of the Holmes-Watson theme and the best since Julian Symons's delightful A Three-Pipe Solution . It should entice new fans to the genre. Recommended. Literary Guild featured selection; Doubleday Book Club Selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/93.
- David Keymer, California State Univ., Stanislaus
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This amazing book kept me turning the pages. I couldn't tell you how he accomplished it, but the author detailed the most heinous crime scenes and behaviors without a hint of... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by itaughtem
It seems obvious Carr has a wealth of nonfiction experience since his prose is extremely even and precise. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Brian D
Good story. I liked the characters and it held my attention. I would have given it 5 stars but I thought it could easily have been slightly shorter - a little too much padding.Published 7 days ago by Susan Gorrie
The backdrop of Nyc with clearly deep research was great, at times a bit slow but definitely a good ride overall in the endPublished 10 days ago by Anne Vignola
Different but enjoyable. A different twist to a Sherlock Holmes style book.Published 12 days ago by Jeff Fossitt