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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 Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781442361836
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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.” 

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Sigal | 2/7/2014

    " I should have given it two stars because the story was pretty weak, in my opinion, but the historical detail was so rich that I've bumped it up to three. This is a genre-type mystery novel about a search for a serial killer in late 19th Century New York City, and I can easily say that it comes nowhere close to comparing to with Alan Moore's Jack the Ripper masterpiece: From Hell. Carr has a decent voice, but he leaves questions unanswered, and his red herrings are so obvious that I consider them laughable. Kudos on the details of the city, poo-poo on the story and the flat characters. This is what I get for buying a book simply because I liked the dude's name... Caleb Carr. I still like his name. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melva | 2/3/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. If you love historical fiction and thrillers it is a must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty Ann | 1/23/2014

    " A truly excellent book written by a brilliant author. This is a perfect example of a cerebral nook that is well written so many facets....history, medical treatments in that era, learning the why's & how's when Teddy Roosevelt was Police Commissioner in NYC.... and the ultimate...evidence of the existence of a serial killer. Unheard of & not accepted theory at that time. Learn what an alienist too!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Peavy | 1/17/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this book the first time I read it. When I tried to read it again I couldn't get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 12/24/2013

    " Very slow in places. Would have liked a faster pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/22/2013

    " Historical fiction story of a serial killer in 1890s NYC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malia | 11/9/2013

    " This book was like a Olde Tymey Law & Order: SVU episode. So of course I liked it! It was a little "look how much research I did about NYC history" at times, but still definitely a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taryn | 11/7/2013

    " Fascinating description of turn of the century criminology. Lots of attention to historical detail but the characters were a little flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vfields needs to be happy! | 10/29/2013

    " This was a big, authentic, first novel that totally captures the reader and take them back in time to olden NYC. I am a history nut and the historical facts are all on point. The characters are all flushed out beautifully and the storytelling is strong and honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Nelson | 10/28/2013

    " If you like historical fiction, you will like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha Ross | 10/27/2013

    " Loved this thriller set in 1896 NY with Teddy Roosevelt as the head of police. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherill Chapman | 10/12/2013

    " Read this so many years ago that I don't remember much about it other than that I enjoyed it. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunita Netto | 9/27/2013

    " I loved how I could relate the locations in the book to locales in NYC and marvel at how much the city has changed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raequel Solomon | 8/21/2013

    " i liked it...looking forward to snagging the sequel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 8/17/2013

    " Spectacular thriller! Murder. Fast paced. Some parts are extremely graphic sexually, and not for the faint of heart. Good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Widdershins | 6/20/2013

    " Just didn't get into this one. Too dense and slow moving for me. It had some promise and maybe I gave up too soon, but I gave it up after realizing I would choose anything else to read first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brady Dale | 5/30/2013

    " I really need to read this again. It's been a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quincess Za | 5/4/2013

    " Tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers adrenaline rushing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria Cameron | 4/6/2013

    " Felt like I was living in the 19th century. Great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annmbray | 12/15/2012

    " Loved this book. It ended with scenes at the Metropolitan Opera and the Croton Reservoir, which is now where the NY Public Library was built. Enjoyed all the descriptions and the characters. Will read the second book in this series. Most enjoyable! "

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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

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.