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The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Thriller

The Alienist

by Caleb Carr

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Quick take

A near perfect specimen of a rare literary breed '“ a historical mystery told so well it could be mistaken for fact.

Why I love it

This modern classic is a near-perfect specimen of a rare literary breed—a historical mystery told so well it could be mistaken for fact. With a history book’s exactitudeThe Alienist features the unpolished, early years of two of the greatest and most contradictory characters in American History: Teddy Roosevelt and New York City. Police commissioner Teddy, together with an Alienist—an early word for a psychiatrist—attempt to hunt down a serial killer targeting 'boy' prostitutes. The hunt is a Holmesian fusion of fast-paced thriller and intellectual criminal investigation, which takes place in the raw and gruesome underbelly of New York in 1896. Enjoy.

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Member ratings (2,974)

  • Erin K.

    Sherman Oaks, CA

    I completely devoured this book! The perfect mix of history, true crime & psychology. The characters were so well developed & I'm still crying over some of them. Caleb Carr is BAE – yas to the sequel!

  • Kelly D.

    Jenkintown , PA

    A historical fiction that felt sooo real with a heavy dose of forensic psych, which I find fascinating. The character development was great too- I felt like they were old friends by the story’s end.

  • Lindsey D.

    Hayden, AL

    One of the best books I’ve ever read! Seriously could NOT put this down! I fell in love with the characters, theme (first criminal/psychological profiling attempt!), and location & time in history!

  • Sarah v.

    Berkeley, CA

    This was my first foray into historical fiction, where real life personalities were woven into the narrative in such a fun & compelling way. It sparked a love for historical fiction in me that lasts.

  • Donna B.

    CLARKSDALE, MS

    Sherlock Holmes meets CSI... I thought this book was both inciteful and suspenseful. Loved that it had factual characters as well as being a historical fiction novel. Would definitely recommend it!

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