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The Alienist: Book 1

Caleb Carr

4 Reviews

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Laszlo Kreizler & John S, Crime & mystery, Historical mysteries, Historical fiction

The internationally bestselling historical thriller, soon to be adapted for TV.


Now a major Netflix series starring Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning and Daniel Bruhl

Over 3 million copies sold worldwide

108,000 Goodreads ratings

For fans of Mindhunter and Sherlock Holmes


New York City, 1896
. Hypocrisy in high places is rife, police corruption commonplace, and a brutal killer is terrorising young male prostitutes.

Forensics and psychological profiling are still in their infancy, but as the body count rises, Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls on eminent psychologist or 'alienist', Dr Laszlo Kreizler and crime reporter John Schuyler Moore to trial these new methods.

Kreizler, Moore and their team must venture to the darkest corners of New York - and the human mind - to catch the sadistic killer before they strike again.


Praise for The Alienist

'The Alienist isn't only an ingenious thriller. Carr brings enormous gusto to his portrait of old New York' Independent

'Gripping, atmospheric, intelligent, and entertaining'
USA Today

'Richly atmospheric . . . You can smell the fear in the air' New York Times

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Praise for The Alienist: Book 1

  • You can smell the fear in the air. - New York Times

  • Gripping, atmospheric, intelligent, and entertaining. - USA Today

  • A knockout period mystery, infused with intelligence, vitality, and humor. - Library Journal

  • An original that fits no established mystery niche, Carr's fictional debut could be the start of something big. - Booklist

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Caleb Carr

Caleb Carr is an American novelist and military historian.

He was born in Manhattan, and for the majority of his life he lived on the Lower East Side of that city, spending his summers and many weekends at his family's home in Cherry Plain, New York. In 2000, he purchased his own property, known as Misery Mountain, in Cherry Plain; and in 2006 he moved there permanently.

He is the author of ten books, several of which, most notably the historical thriller The Alienist, have become international best-sellers and prize-winners, and his work has been translated into over two dozen languages. In 2015, Paramount Television announced that it would create a series based on The Alienist for Turner Network Television (TNT).

He now lives with his Siberian cat, Masha. She is, he says, 'very beautiful and very ferocious.'

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