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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caleb Carr Narrator: Tom Taylorson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781504743976
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Caleb Carr, bestselling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, has created a contemporary psychological thriller haunted by the shadowy hands of established power.

In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.

Meanwhile, in the county’s small town of Surrender, Trajan Jones, a psychological profiler (and the world’s leading expert on the life and work of one Dr. Laszlo Kreizler), and Michael Li, a trace evidence expert, once famed advisors to the New York City Police Department, teach online courses in profiling and forensic science from Jones’ family farm. Alone and armed mainly with their wits, protected only by farmhands and Jones’ unusual “pet,” the outcast pair are secretly called in to consult on the case.

Jones and Li immediately discern that the various victims were all “throwaway children,” a new state classification given to young people who are neither orphans, runaways, nor homeless, but victims of a terrible phenomenon sweeping America’s poor: abandoned by their families, the throwaways are left to fend for themselves. One of these throwaways, Lucas Kurtz, along with his blind older sister, cross paths with Jones and Li, offering information that could blow the case wide open.

Racing against the case’s mounting stakes, Jones and Li find that they are battling not only to unravel the mystery of how the throwaways died but also to defend themselves and the Kurtz siblings from the threats of shadowy but powerful agents who want to stop them from uncovering the truth. It is a truth that, Jones believes, leads away from their world and back to the increasingly wealthy city where both he and his long-dead intellectual guide, Dr Kreizler, did their greatest work. But will they be able to trace the case to New York before they fall victim to the murderous forces that stalk them?

Moving at the same rapid pace as his earlier books, yet with the same depth of historical and scientific research, Carr creates another rollercoaster ride of ideas and emotions. Like The Alienist; Surrender, New York brings to life the grim underbelly of a prosperous nation—and those most vulnerable to its failings.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Tom Taylorson mirrors the tone of intelligence that characterizes the two main characters in this moving novel…Taylorson’s resonant inflections and impeccable pacing make this a whodunit reflecting the best of Arthur Conan Doyle. Taylorson lets dramatic urgency enter his performances of Carr’s characters, particularly Lucas…Taylorson’s delivery quickens and becomes more dramatic as the trio comes closer to the killer…Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “[A] page-turning thriller.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[Surrender, New York] allows Carr to deploy his indisputable gift for the gothic and the macabre, and the pursuit is suspenseful and believable.”

    USA Today

  • “An addictive contemporary crime procedural…The story is imaginative and fulfilling…It is hard to resist a character with such eloquent charm and a story with such deep meaning.”

    New York Times Book Review (cover review)

  • “Edgar Allan Poe would have understood this book and hailed it a masterpiece…A terrific story with a great setting and a very modern social message.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Chilling and suspenseful…a tale fit for the modern-day Conan Doyle.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “A high-stakes thriller featuring a new band of clever, determined outcasts.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A curious whodunit that weds leisurely nineteenth-century storytelling with twenty-first-century unpleasantness…including some nicely nasty mayhem.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for August 2016
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the 10 Most Buzzed-about Books Right Now
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A BookRiot Pick of Books to Read between Episodes of The Alienist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 5/11/2018

    " Great book, the plot is about a couple of forensic investigators that are called into help with a case. The case involves “Throwaway Kids”. The plot twists around, thinking guilty are innocent, and innocent are guilty. The are references to Laszlo Kreizler teachings. The book is well written and is very descriptive, at times you can almost picture the scenes in your mind "

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About the Author
Author Caleb Carr

Caleb Carr is a novelist, military historian, and screenwriter. He is the son of beat generation figure Lucien Carr, and he received a degree in military and diplomatic history from New York University. Some of his fiction and nonfiction work includes Casing the Promised Land, The Angel of Darkness, The Italian Secretary, and The Lessons of Terror. He was a contributing screenwriter to Exorcist: The Beginning and shared a screenplay credit on Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, which received high praise.

About the Narrator

Tom Taylorson is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and Chicago-based actor with over a decade of stage experience. In that time he also built a voice-over career and now primarily works as a voice actor. Tom is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, teaching voice-over for interactive media.