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The Alienist

av Caleb Carr

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Serier: Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (1)

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Fiction. Mystery. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A TNT ORIGINAL SERIES  A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.Entertainment Weekly
Caleb Carrs rich period thriller takes us back to the moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us.The 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 Kreizlera psychologist, or alienistto 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 societys belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.
Praise for The Alienist
[A] delicious premise . . . Its settings and characterizations are much more sophisticated than the run-of-the-mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores.The Washington Post Book World
Mesmerizing.Detroit Free Press
The method of the hunt and the disparate team of hunters lift the tale beyond the level of a good thrillerway beyond. . . . A remarkable combination of historical novel and psychological thriller.The Buffalo News
Engrossing.Newsweek
Gripping, atmospheric . . . intelligent and entertaining.USA Today
A high-spirited, charged-up and unfailingly smart thriller.Los Angeles Times
Keeps readers turning pages well past their bedtime.San Francisco Chronicle.
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100 pages didn’t draw me in. Moving on. ( )
  MahanaU | Nov 21, 2023 |
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 more 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! ( )
  Matt_Ransom | Oct 6, 2023 |
Some nuggets, but a lot of work to get to them.
Should have been pared down 150-200 pages. ( )
  Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
Despite the fact that this book indeed reads like a Sherlock Holmes mystery of sorts, I found this novel utterly enjoyable and read it in only a few sittings. As a fan of historical fiction, I fell in love with the trueness Carr portrayed to the era and setting as well as the characters. Although not a huge fan of murder mysteries or psychological thrillers, Carr drew me into the world of the early 1900s New York effortlessly, kidnapping my attention as I grappled with recent discoveries and turning points in the investigation of this tale. I found myself eagerly plotting my next opportunity to read this amazing work and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries or is interested in forensics/criminology. ( )
  coffeechic | May 31, 2023 |
#854 in our old book database. Not rated. ( )
  villemezbrown | Mar 28, 2023 |
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A series of gruesome murders and mutilations of heartrendingly young prostitutes--boys dressed as girls--reunites three alumni of William James' pioneering Harvard psychology lectures: Times reporter John Schuyler Moore, eminent psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (called, after the fashion of the time, an ``alienist''), and New York Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt.... The result is somehow gripping yet lifeless, as evocative period detail jostles with a cast of characters who are, for the most part, as pallid as the murder victims.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraKirkus Review (Apr 1, 1992)
 
Kreizler is a fictional hero, but in Caleb Carr's imaginings he becomes every bit as believable as the book's real-life characters, and the murders he sets out to solve take on a ghoulish plausibility.... The Alienist isn't only an ingenious thriller. Carr brings enormous gusto to his portrait of old New York, where breakfast for the well-to-do might comprise 'cucumber fillets, Creole eggs, and broiled squab'. From the fetid reek of 'stale beer dives' to the baronial splendour of bankers' mansions, from dirt-poor tenements to the fanciest French restaurants, the city seems to rise off the page....Part of the book's triumph is that it accommodates big questions without sacrificing anything in accessibility; it recreates a world that is simultaneously alive and haunting
 

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Fiction. Mystery. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A TNT ORIGINAL SERIES  A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.Entertainment Weekly
Caleb Carrs rich period thriller takes us back to the moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us.The 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 Kreizlera psychologist, or alienistto 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 societys belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.
Praise for The Alienist
[A] delicious premise . . . Its settings and characterizations are much more sophisticated than the run-of-the-mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores.The Washington Post Book World
Mesmerizing.Detroit Free Press
The method of the hunt and the disparate team of hunters lift the tale beyond the level of a good thrillerway beyond. . . . A remarkable combination of historical novel and psychological thriller.The Buffalo News
Engrossing.Newsweek
Gripping, atmospheric . . . intelligent and entertaining.USA Today
A high-spirited, charged-up and unfailingly smart thriller.Los Angeles Times
Keeps readers turning pages well past their bedtime.San Francisco Chronicle.

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