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Date Posted: 16:21:51 10/27/06 Fri
Author: Syl
Subject: The Alienist

This one was sent in by Lady DuBois. Thanks, lass, looks very interesting!


TITLE: The Alienist

AUTHOR: Caleb Carr

GENRE: Historical Fiction


Loved this book, I read it some time ago but I'm planning a re-read.

This is a wonderful thriller complete with twists and turns that will keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat or bed, which ever the case may be.

Imagine it is the year 1896, the description "Serial Killer" has not yet been explored. This world of harrowing and as yet unknown behavior is being defined. We move through the streets and ghettos of NYC to follow a killer.

This book is filled with grizzly midnight autopsies, hideous murders and the race to solve them. As you read it will give you a glimpse of the mental pathology of a Serial Killer. And for those of us who like a little romance with our thrillers, it has that too. I guarantee that you'll love this book.

NOTE: Before the 20th century, those suffering from mental illness were thought of as "aliented" from both society and their own true selves. Those who studied these mental pathologies were known as "alienists"

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[> I always wondered about this book, Debbie. I think I will look for it now as it seems like a winner. Thanks! -- beccabee, 05:01:01 10/29/06 Sun

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[> [> I liked this one, but have put it in my "pass along" pile. Not a keeper, but I will pass it on without any compunction as it was interesting and well written. -- becca beccabee, 20:15:15 11/25/06 Sat

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[> Read this one awhile ago, and it's sequel. Not easy reading, but well done. -- Brookita, 18:07:31 11/26/06 Sun

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