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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (53,149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Caleb Carr Narrator: George Guidal Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore Series Release Date:
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There is a new breed of evil in Old New York.

New York, 1896. Lower Manhattan’s underworld is ruled by a new generation of cold-blooded criminals; police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt battles widespread corruption within the department’s ranks; and a shockingly brutal murder sets off an investigation that could change crime-fighting forever.

In the middle of a wintry March night, New York Times reporter John Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a brilliant pioneer in the new and much-maligned discipline of psychology, the emerging study of society’s “alienated” mentally ill. There they view the horribly mutilated body of a young boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan’s infamous brothels. Supervised by Commissioner Roosevelt, the newsman and his “alienist” mentor embark on a revolutionary attempt to identify the killer by assembling his psychological profile—a dangerous quest that takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before … and will kill again before the hunt is over.

As rich in vivid period ambience as Ragtime and Time and Again, and as relentlessly suspenseful as Red Dragon or The Silence of the Lambs, The Alienist will take you to a New York that no longer exists—to confront an evil of timeless savagery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You can smell the fear in the air.” 

    New York Times

  • “A high-spirited, charged-up, and unfailingly smart thriller.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Gripping, atmospheric, intelligent, and entertaining.” 

    USA Today

  • “This story boasts a veracious historical feel and a tight plot that keeps open the murderer's identity to the end. An original that fits no established mystery niche, Carr’s fictional debut could be the start of something big.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise Waggoner | 2/19/2014

    " A Deliciously gory mystery that bring 1896 NYC and forensics to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Russell Barger | 2/19/2014

    " Just the kind of historical fiction I love. Sherlock like character in 19th century America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gordon | 2/10/2014

    " Good Book. Thought provoking. The First CSI team, basically. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/9/2014

    " instead of a psychological whodunit, this is a whydunit. explores how events in the murderer's life made him who he is. I can't in good conscience recommend the book because of unsavory subject matter and very ugly murders, but i enjoyed the detective team's use of burgeoning methods and applications of Henry James' principles of psychology. set in new york 1896 against T Roosevelt's efforts to clean up police corruption. I learned a lot. "

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