My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Just arrived from Canada through BM.
Besides the historical facts about New York City by the end of 19th century, I liked the plot and the introduction of some important tools for an investigative work, like the fingerprint examination and the last impression in the iris of the eyes of corpses, which was proposed by Jules Verne. Of course, this last technique is a simple matter of conjecture.
It is interesting to see Theodore Roosevelt as a Police commissioner before he became the President of the United States in 1901.
Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or “alienist” gave a special hint in this psychological thriller.
- City Room: Big City Book Club: Live Chat With Caleb Carr, Author of “The Alienist” (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)