The Alienist (TNT Tie-in Edition)

The Alienist (TNT Tie-in Edition)

by Caleb Carr


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A TNT ORIGINAL SERIES • “A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Caleb Carr’s rich period thriller takes us back to the moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us.”—The Detroit News

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 classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.

The year is 1896. 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 quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Fast-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 questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.

Praise for The Alienist

“[A] delicious premise . . . Its settings and characterizations are much more sophisticated than the run-of-the-mill thrillers that line the shelves in bookstores.”The Washington Post Book World

“Mesmerizing.”Detroit Free Press

“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 novel and psychological thriller.”The Buffalo News


“Gripping, atmospheric . . . intelligent and entertaining.”USA Today

“A high-spirited, charged-up and unfailingly smart thriller.”Los Angeles Times

“Keeps readers turning pages well past their bedtime.”San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525510277
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 264,984
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, Killing Time, The Devil Soldier, The Italian Secretary, The Legend of Broken, and Surrender, New York. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater. His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them The Washington Post, The New York Times, andThe Wall Street Journal. He lives in upstate New York.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1955

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


Attended Kenyon College, 1973-75; B.A. in history, New York University, 1977

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The Alienist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 391 reviews.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a read. I don't think I've gone through 600 pages faster than I did with "Alienst" over the past week. The story is exciting. The writing is vivid. And the characters are interesting. Think of this as CSI - New York - 1896. The story: a turn of the century psychologist, a crime reporter, Theodore Roosevelt, and a few other detectives and support staff search for a serial killer who's horribly butchering children in New York City. There are virtually no lulls in the story, as author Carr drops clue after clue, and slowly builds up an empirical profile of the mysterious killer. There are no obvious points to put the book down and take a breather, as I continuously found myself staying up later and later following each new lead and discovery. The book is a bit gory. There's nothing held back in the details of bloody murders, and reflections on stories of abuse. If you're able to accept this level of realism, then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book.
Dr_Dean More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! There is a little bit of everything in this novel--part murder mystery, part psychological thriller, with a generous dose of historical accuracy thrown in. The reader is thrown into New York City at the turn of the 20th century, where the field of psychology is fighting to emerge into legitimacy. A rag-tag team is formed to stop a serial killer brutally murdering child prostitutes using rudimentary criminological science. It's fusion with real characters of the time (Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan) with an electrifying story made it impossible to put down. I can't wait to read the sequel!
AliceB52 More than 1 year ago
I am typically a very slow reader, but when I get something really great, I go through it too fast. This is one of those books. The characters are compelling, but the plot and setting are so unusual. The historical details are so interesting. It is hand over fist one of the most intelligent thrillers I have ever read. I generally love historical thrillers anyway, but this one is top notch. If you are a fan of the genre and haven't yet read it then this must go to the top of your list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this once, several years ago, and it's been one of my top recommendations to friends. Historical fiction that reads like a novelization of a true event, the pacing is great, the details are immersive, and it's just a thrilling book overall. Love it, 10/10, would read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times. it is my favorite and it never disappoints to keep me entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first online book review. I am a pathological reader with high standards for plot accuracy and complexity/writing quality and character development. Although i have read thousands of books in my time THIS is one of the top five I have ever curled up with and enjoyed. Plunk down your VISA card number and beprepared to enter a steamy funky immigrant world in old NY where the men are brilliant, the girls are brave and tough and the murders are spooky and scary not to mention the politicians who never seem to change. Buy it read it and keepit to reread over again.
Tennesseedog More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The story is intriguing and the writing style engaging and fun. The time is 1896 and the place is New York City. Police commissioner is Teddy Roosevelt, the future President of the US. And the search is on for a serial killer of children, mainly young boys involved in the sex trade. The story is fictional but uses real scientific premises and psychological/forensic theories to contextualize the story of the young investigators, including the first New York City Police female secretary. She is also a good shot with a revolver and an early feminist advocate. The murderer is a fiendish, very damaged individual and how the investigators search out clues, tease out his psychology and finally set their trap makes this novel a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to reading before the tv series. Sample is enticing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely read fiction, because, most books fall into one of several predictable plot lines. The Alienist is not one of those books. It's a long book that is crammed full of history, pagentry, excitement, and wit. The Alienist is very much on par with the Game of Thrones, and may even be better written. I liked it so much I was able to read it in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating plot and interesting story line. Keeps the reader interested from beginning to end.
CalypsoBella More than 1 year ago
I've read this book twice now. The depiction of turn of the century New York is richly envisioned. Teddy Roosevelt is fascinating. The characters are fully developed people you can care about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone I've recomended this to has loved it as well. A great mix of history, mystery and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellently written. Best book Ive read recently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Attention to detail, timeline characteristics, and a rag tag group to pull it together. This book will catch you in the first twenty pages (first 10 for me).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter recently caused me to remember how much I had enjoyed this book years before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marvelous account of the "birth" of forensic psychology in crime solving. Dark, disturbing, and full of intriguing historic detail, plus a team of oddly assorted investigators wjo rival anything currently on television. A fantastic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic turn of the century historical fiction.
manugw More than 1 year ago
Set at the end of the 19th century in New York and with a dark, gloomy Edgar Allan Poe savor, this original novel approaches the crime genre from another angle, profiling, that is, getting into the mind of a serial murderer, step by step through forensic deductive sciences and psychological insights arising from the knowledge and technology available at that time. The plot featured as a blend of historical fiction and psychological thriller, it is well constructed, but it goes at a very slow pace sometimes with very tedious pitfallings. Though in general has a fair resolution, the events that give way to the definition suddenly speed up too much in relation to the very long slow prior structure of the plot, subtly tarnishing the quality of the story overall. Deep and complex requires concentration and patience
Anonymous 7 months ago
Well written. Delving into the mind of a serial killer.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
This story was really hard to get into. Over 150 pages before he started to get into the characters. This isn't a style I enjoy but since the plot was interesting I kept reading. Later in the book it starts moving. Good mystery. joy943
queencersei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Alienist is set in 1890¿s New York, where a series of boy prostitutes are being grisly murdered. Dr. Laszlo Kriesler leads a team of associates to stop the killings. Crime reporter John Moore, the books narrator also works with Dr. Kriesler to find out who the killer is. The novel does a good job of exploring the origins of scientific methods such as fingerprinting and profiling. The horrific penal system of the late 1890¿s is described as well. While not the best murder-mystery novel ever written, The Alienist is chock full of suspense.
Othemts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 1896 in New York City a serial killer is murdering and mutilating the bodies of boy prostitutes. Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt attempting to reform a corrupt police department indifferent to these crimes calls in two friends to help solve the murders: psychologist (aka "alienist" in contemporary parlance)Laszlo Kreizler and underachieving crime reporter John Schuyler Moore who also narrates the book. Joining the team is the first woman to work for the NYPD and twin detectives. Together they put together a psychological profile of the killer and use other modern methods to track him down. The denouement ofthe book is hokey but everything leading up to it is entertaining and historically-detailed so it is worth reading.
majkia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is 1896. Teddy Roosevelt is the Police Commissioner and is attempting to fight corruption within the police when the body of an immigrant boy, a boy prostitute, is found mutilated. Roosevelt calls in an old friend, an Alienist (which meant psychiatrist in those days), as an expert on how to find the killer. The powers that be in New York, from the powerful financiers, to the powerful crime lords, to the police forces themselves, to the religious community, want nothing to do with this crime. They don't want to stir up the immigrant communities, nor do they want attention drawn to the world of prostitution and abject poverty that so many in the city endure. And who cares if a boy prostitute is killed anyway. He asked for it.The Alienist, Kreizler, calls upon a childhood friend to assist, a Newspaper man, who understands the whole nasty underside of New York. Between them, they convince their pal Teddy, to authorize an undercover task force to find the killer, who Krizler is certain, will kill again, if he hasn't already done so. Thus begins a fascinating tale, detailing the state of investigative procedure at the time. It breaks all the acceptable rules regarding policing, and instead tries to identify this unknown killer based on psychology and his signature kills and what they can deduce from his background, his childhood and his thought processes.It details the horrors of life in those times for the little people, and looks frankly at corruption, greed and crime. No one wants this group to succeed for many reasons and their lives are at risk not only from a smart serial killer, but also from those who want to control the city and bury even the existence of such matters.Highly recommended for those who enjoy gritty historical crime fiction.
rosies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
wonderful depiction of late 1800s New York. I still think about him running along the rooftops. That is scary.