Some things never change. New York City, 1896. Hypocrisy in high places is rife, police corruption commonplace, and a brutal killer is terrorising ...Show synopsisSome things never change. New York City, 1896. Hypocrisy in high places is rife, police corruption commonplace, and a brutal killer is terrorising young male prostitutes. Unfortunately for Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, the psychological profiling of murderers is a practice still in its infancy, struggling to make headway against the prejudices of those who prefer the mentally ill - and the 'alienists' who treat them - to be out of sight as well as out of mind. But as the body count rises, Roosevelt swallows his doubts and turns to the eminent alienist Dr Laszlo Kreizler to put a stop to the bloody murders - giving Kreizler a chance to take him further into the dark heart of criminality, and one step closer to death.Hide synopsis
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This is a fictional account of an early attempt to track a serial killer by profiling. Mr. Carr consulted with many psychiatrists and criminologists to get the facts about the character right. He grew up in the neighborhoods where he places the action. I lived 45 years in a suburb of that area and know his details are right on the money. The story moves on quite quickly and he skillfully weaves real historical personages into his stories. He has obviously studied them as well, as his evocations fit well with biographies of these people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the sequel, Angel of Darkness. Read this one first!
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