The Alienist

  • by Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York, 1896: Reporter John Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend, psychiatrist Laszlo Kreizler, a brilliant pioneer in the new and much-maligned study of society's "alienated" mentally ill. At the river, Moore and Kreizler view the horribly mutilated body of a young male prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. Supervised by the police commissioner, the newsman and his "alienist" mentor embark on a revolutionary attempt to identify the killer by assembling his psychological profile. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before...and will kill again.

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Scary....

Fairly raw murder descriptions, but accurate historical detail, thanks to Mr. Carr's historical background. Plot gets you engaged, and you like the main character despite his faults. Good mystery!
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- Amazon Customer "Retama Thorn"

Great listen. Unfortunately it is abridged.

I really enjoyed the book. I really wish that it was not abridged. The story was too condensed for me. I wanted to luxuriate in the prose.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2000
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio