Even if I haven’t read the first book of this series, The Alienist, it didn’t compromise this reading.
The plot starts with the kidnapping of a Spanish diplomat’s baby but then the main story switched to the suspect of this crime, Libby Hatch, a nurse who is the suspect murderess of her own children.
Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, a psychologist or “the alienist” who tries to help the only surviving child to testimony against her own mother, leads the investigation team.
It should be pointed out that, by the end of the 19th century, many of the actual forensic tools were not available at that time, such as recognition of fingerprints, bullet’s tests and so on.
During Libby’s prosecution, her defendant attorney, Dr. Clarence Darrow was a master of legal argumentation, even if I’m not an expert on legal matters, on the contrary.
Another great character is “Teddy Roosevelt”, the New York Police Commissioner who led the US Navy in order to settle the final persecution of the suspect!
What else should be said about this book? In order to avoid spoilers, just READ this book, you won’t regret.