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Soon to be a TNT original series New York Times Bestseller -- A high-spirited, charged-up, and unfailingly smart thriller. - Los Angeles Times Caleb Carr's rich period thriller takes us back to a 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 NewsFast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian's exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: vermius tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society's belief that all killers are born, t made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences. The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or alienist. On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. Praise for The Alienist: [A] delicious premise... Its setting and characterizations are much more sophisticated than 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 vel and psychological thriller. - The Buffalo News Remarkable... The reader is taken on a whirlwind tour of the Gilded Age metropolis, climbing up tenament stairs, scrambling across rooftops, and witnessing midnight autopsies... A breathtaking, finely crafted mystery. - Richmond Times-Dispatch
Caleb Carr was born in Manhattan and grew up on the Lower East Side, where he still lives.