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What the community says about The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)
- "Historical fiction is a guilty pleasure of mine. As I can never truly experience the past, this is the next best thing. The Alienist doesn't dive too far back into the past, but it does a good job at portraying the 19th century. It also adds a mystery twist that I really like, too."
- "I love a good mystery and I also love story set in this time period so I thought that this would be a really great story for me due to the non-fictional aspect. I thought the non-fiction part would part would be more informational and would bring more perspective from that era. However, I was wrong and while it does lend a lot of interesting truth to the story the informational asides take away from the actual story line. It was hard for me to get into the story because of this."
- "The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler) is one of the best mystery books I have read, I could absolutely not put it down throughout. It really encapsulates life in 19th century New York and makes the reader feel as if they are really there. I would recommend it to mystery buffs strongly as well as anyone else. "
- "The best crime and mystery books was what i wanted to get. A search brought up The Alienist (Fr. Laszlo Kreizler). Its a great mystery book by the author Caleb Carr, and gives you the story of Kreizler and Schuyler as they try to solve crime in New York. A fun and great read."
- "The Alienist refers to Dr. Lazlo Kreisler. An alienist the nineteenth century referred to experts who studied varying mental pathologies. A killer is loose in the dark, fetid and dank streets of New York City. The year is 1896. Kreisler puts together a team to help track down a serial killer whose specialty the gruesome murder of young boys who spend their miserable lives as male prostitutes. The team includes Harvard educated New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore. Moore is joined with Sara Howard a weapon wielding feminist who aspires to be a female police officer in the male dominated corrupt police department of the city. Young Theodore Roosevelt is the crusading police commissioner who is out to stamp out crime and corruption in the big city. Carr is good at including historical details in this intricate work. We learn all about the Metropolitan Opera, Natural Museum of Natural History, the various bridges and boroughs of the teeming city of immigrants are drawn with pastel colors illuminating the gilded age of gas and gory murder. It was during this era that Jack the Ripper in London and other serial killers first became known to the public. The lengthy work is well written and suspenseful. Those looking for explicit sex scenes should look elsewhere; this is a sober work whose chief focus is on the solving of the horrendous crimes. There are many surprises and exciting moments on our ride to justice. The book has been turned into a new miniseries on TNT network which will draw new fans to the honey of this outstanding work. I first read the book in 1994 when it appeared to acclaim by critics and public alike. I enjoyed rereading the novel gaining new insights and appreciation of all the research Carr lent to this fine work. It is destined to become a classic in the historical crime genre. Recommended."