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