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The Alienist

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Written By: Caleb Carr

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 1994

Duration: 4 hours 3 minutes

Summary:

A new breed of evil in Old New York

New York, 1986: Lower Manhattan's underworld is ruled by a new generation of cold-blooded criminals...Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt battles widespread corruption within the department's ranks...and a shockingly brutal murder sets off an investigation that could change crime-fighting forever.

In the middle of a wintry March night, New York Times reporter John Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a brilliant pioneer in the new and much-maligned discipline of psychology, the emerging study of society's 'alienated' mentally ill. There they view the horribly mutilated body of a young boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. Supervised by Commissioner Roosevelt, the newsman and his 'alienist' mentor embark on a revolutionary attempt to identify the killer by assembling his psychological profile -- a dangerous quest that takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before...and will kill again before the hunt is over.

As rich in vivid period ambience as Ragtime and Time and Again, and as relentlessly suspenseful as Red Dragon or The Silence of the Lambs, The Alienist will take you to a New York that no longer exists -- to confront an evil of timeless savagery.

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  • Kim L.

    Inyemse and surprising. Loved it as well as movie.

  • Sally M

    Overall, I enjoyed the story, the plot, and the action. There were times, though, I would lose interest due to the detail of places and things that, while interesting, were irrelevant to the story. I'm glad it had such historical detail, but felt the unnecessary parts made the story drag in places.

  • Kyle S

    A terrific read. Amazing use of fact and fiction combination to crested a thrilling mystery and an awesome appreciation for the psychological genius behind criminal profiling!

  • Kevin Kent

    We'll written story. The story line a little unnerving with the life of immigrants in 1800's. Guidall is a great narrater

  • Amy Tracy

    Overall brilliantly written and read page turner! Absolutely recommend this crime/mystery novel.

  • Andaika Jeannoel

    Loved every minute of it... My first audio book and I was transported to NY in the 1800's... I wish I could listen to it all over again for the first time