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
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. Download and start listening now!