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The Alienist (Alienist)
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Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, Killing Time, The Devil Soldier, The Italian Secretary, The Legend of Broken, and Surrender, New York. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater. His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The Washington Post, The New York Times, andThe Wall Street Journal. He lives in upstate New York.

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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. (July)

A serial killer is butchering boy prostitutes in New York City. Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt enlists a reporter and groundbreaking psychologist (known as an "alienist" in 1896) to track the killer by compiling his psychological profile. The real mystery here, however, lies in finding out what happens in the sections of the novel that were abridged. Who are all these characters? How did they jump to their apparently absurd conclusions? Where is the social history of the city and the celebrity cameos that the printed book's reviewers found so enticing? To judge by the level of suspense reader Edward Hermann can generate during selected passages, this may be a very good novel. Libraries would do best to wait for an unabridged release or stick with the print version.-John Hiett, Iowa City P.L.

"A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages."--Entertainment Weekly

"Caleb Carr's rich period thriller takes us back to the 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 "A high-spirited, charged-up and unfailingly smart thriller."--Los Angeles Times "You can smell the fear in the air."--The New York Times "Keeps readers turning pages well past their bedtime."--San Francisco Chronicle "Engrossing."--Newsweek "A ripsnorter of a plot . . . a fine dark ride."--The Arizona Daily Star "[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 "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 "Mesmerizing."--Detroit Free Press "Remarkable . . . 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."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "Gripping, atmospheric . . . intelligent and entertaining."--USA Today "Harrowing, fascinating . . . will please fans of Ragtime and The Silence of the Lambs."--The Flint Journal

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