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In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: Adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.
Meanwhile, in the county's small town of Surrender, Trajan Jones, a psychological profiler (and the world's leading expert on the life and work of one Dr. Laszlo Kreizler), and Michael Li, a trace evidence expert, once famed advisors to the New York City Police Department, teach online courses in profiling and forensic science from Jones' family farm. Alone and armed mainly with their wits, protected only by farmhands and Jones' unusual "pet", the outcast pair are secretly called in to consult on the case.
Jones and Li immediately discern that the various victims were all "throwaway children", a new state classification given to young people who are not orphans, runaways, or homeless but victims of a terrible phenomenon sweeping America's poor: Abandoned by their families, the throwaways are left to fend for themselves. One of these throwaways, Lucas Kurtz, along with his blind older sister, crosses paths with Jones and Li, offering information that could blow the case wide open.
Racing against the case's mounting stakes, Jones and Li find that they are battling not only to unravel the mystery of how the throwaways died but also to defend themselves and the Kurtz siblings from the threats of shadowy but powerful agents who want to stop them from uncovering the truth. It is a truth that, Jones believes, leads away from their world and back to the increasingly wealthy city where both he and his long-dead intellectual guide, Dr. Kreizler, did their greatest work. But will they be able to trace the case to New York before they fall victim to the murderous forces that stalk them?
Moving at the same rapid pace as his earlier books, yet with the same depth of historical and scientific research, Carr creates another roller-coaster ride of ideas and emotions. Like The Alienist; Surrender, New York brings to life the grim underbelly of a prosperous nation - and those most vulnerable to its failings.
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By Mark on 09-27-16
Wanted to love this but...
I loved The Alienist, & generally like Caleb Carr but there were just far too many preposterous points, not to mention the use of the word "indeed", to call this any more than escapism. I hate it when an author I like takes intelligent characters and then takes them down the foolish decision road in order to move the story forward, & that happened far too often here. Plus, there was a lot of pontificating & preaching going on here, even if I generally agreed with the arguments. I stuck to it because I did like the characters, & the story was interesting enough, but just not well delivered on several levels. That said, I still like Mr Carr, & will read him again, in the hopes that better editing will prevail. Tom Taylorson did a fantastic job as narrator.
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By Diana Hart 33 on 10-03-16
The story is a long one, and there is a lot of what seems to be unnecessary dialog, but keep with it, and listen carefully. It does have a lot of twists and turns. It is worth staying with it.
The narrator hasn't gotten many good comments, personally I think he was able to have plenty of inflection between all the characters, I was pleasantly surprised by it. The only thing I did notice was he had a tendency to run with a sentence and not take a breath! I found myself breathing for him! Other than that I thought he was great. all in all it's a good and interesting book.
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