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  • Paperback
  • 599 pages
  • The Alienist
  • Caleb Carr
  • English
  • 21 July 2016
  • 9780553572995

10 thoughts on “The Alienist

  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    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 there? I 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 JessieI just about remembered why I bought The Alienist years ago – I love modern Victorian novels like Fingersmith or The uincunx 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 a45 – 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

  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    New TV series based on the book is showing on TNT and launching January 22nd 2018”I caught a vague glimpse of human flesh glowing in the moonlight We took a few steps closer and then I made out plainly the figure of a naked young boy on his knees His hands had been bound behind his back causing his head to rest on the stone surface of the promenade and his feet were similarly tied A gag had been wrapped around his head holding his painted mouth open at a painful angle His face was glistening with tears; but he was alive” Some demented fiend is leaving mutilated and brutalized corpses of young boys all over New York City It is 1896 and Theodore Roosevelt is the newly appointed police commissioner In a highly unorthodox move he appoints his old friends Dr Laszlo Kreizler Alienist and John Schuyler Moore journalist to a special task force to hunt down this killer and bring him to justice Too many of the cops in the New York system are just criminals with badges and interested in graft and corruption than finding a killer especially one who is murdering nancy boy prostitutes Hurry or a child will dieWhat the heck is an Alienist you might ask? ”Alienist is an archaic term for a psychiatrist or psychologist Despite falling out of favor by the middle of the twentieth century it received renewed attention when used in the title of Caleb Carr's novel The Alienist 1994 Although currently not often used in common parlance the term ‘alienist’ is still employed in psychiatric hospitals to describe those mental health professionals who evaluate defendants to determine their competency to stand trial However in this context professionals are often referred to as forensic psychologists”Kreizler is an unmistakable unusual character that once met you’d never forget him ”His black eyes so much like a large bird’s flitted about the paper as he shifted from one foot to the other in sudden uick movements He held the Times in his right hand and his left arm underdeveloped as the result of a childhood injury was pulled in close to his body The left hand occasionally rose to swipe at his neatly trimmed mustache and the small patch of beard under his lip His dark hair cut far too long to meet the fashion of the day and swept back on his head was moist for he always went hatless; and this along with the bobbing of his face at the pages before him only increased the impression of some hungry restless hawk determined to wring satisfaction from the worrisome world around him”These are early days for profiling serial killers but Kreizler and his team are using the evidence they are collecting to build a file that slowly adds shape and substance to the shadowy figure killing these young boys Poverty insures that there are no shortage of disadvantaged immigrant boys to replace the ones who are being culled from the herd For most of New York these murders are merely a brief distraction with their coffee or a topic for repartee over dinner For Kreizler and Moore it is a situation that becomes sinister and diabolical the they learn about the killer Hurry or a child will dieThey add a pair of incorruptible brothers to their team and a police secretary named Sara Howard Kreizler has made a habit of collecting unusual people over the years He also has several ex criminals working for him who add some muscle and street smarts to the group The trail of this killer sends some of them out west to see if his origins will give them any clues to his motivations In NY they interview boys in places like Paresis Hall where the skin trade is exploited and soiled doves are 12 years old or even younger They troll the seamiest gin mills and gangster hangouts looking for any information that will help them close in on this fiendish killer Brushing the grime soot and filth from their close encounters with the sordid nightlife are contrasted with their enjoyment of the splendors of the opera house and the delicious famous Delmonicos Restaurant Hurry or a child will dieTheir investigation also brings them in contact with the world famous Black Library owned by the very wealthy J P Morgan It is fascinating how the most unseemly seedier sides of town always seem to intersect with the most affluent “elite” society There are secrets masked by the silk wallpaper and hidden behind brocade curtains This is the second time I’ve read this book The first time was back in 1994 when it was first released and both times I’ve been struck with the authenticity of experiencing Victorian New York from the locations disreputable and elegant we are allowed to visit during the investigation to the fog strewn streets as they race to catch a killer before he can strike again If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  3. Stephen Stephen says:

    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 50 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 ie Dr Lazlo Kreizler and a Hannibal LectorJeffrey 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 uniue 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 HH 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 ie 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 45 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 seuel Nominee Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel

  4. Adina Adina says:

    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 waithttpswwwyoutubecomwatch?vJcJnI 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 eg 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 uite 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 uite 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

  5. Linda Linda says:

    In this battle there are many enemiesAnd that's an understatementThe 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 longerNew 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 intoBut 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 lawBe 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 seriesAnd on the flip sideHere'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

  6. mark monday mark monday says:

    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

  7. Bobby Underwood Bobby Underwood says:

    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 themThe 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 techniues 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 killerWhen 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 expectedThere 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

  8. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    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 am 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 seesAs 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 uite disgusting reminders of time before modern day sewage systems one would expectIt 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 reuest 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 happenIf 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

  9. Lain Lain says:

    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

  10. Matthew Quann Matthew Quann says:

    Five uestions 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 esue 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 down2 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 too4 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 fiancé 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

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The Alienist❰Read❯ ➫ The Alienist Author Caleb Carr – 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 When The Alienist was first published in 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 everywhereThe year is The city is New York Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist or “alienist”—to 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 uest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is overFast 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 uestioning society’s belief that all killers are born not made could have unexpected and fatal conseuences.

About the Author: Caleb Carr

Caleb Carr is an American novelist and military historian The son of Lucien Carr a former UPI editor and a key Beat generation figure he was born in Manhattan and lived for much of his life on the Lower East Side He attended Kenyon College and New York University earning a BA in military and diplomatic history He is a contributing editor of MH The uarterly Journal of Military History an.