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The Alienist by Caleb Carr
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Mar 05, 09

bookshelves: 2007, historical-fiction, fiction, serial-killer, favorites
Read in November, 2007

fucking awesome. mmmmmm, serial killer.
it took place in 189X nyc, and chronicled one of the first investigations of a serial killer. yes, yes, it was fiction, but whatever. it was really interesting to realize that the stuff we see on csi and nypd blue and what not was not always common thinking and that a lot of forensics and criminology and psychology was considered “whacko”. quite frequently i caught myself thinking, duh, of course you’d do that, only to realize that the type of thinking the protagonists were doing had never been done before.
anyway, a good read and a good historical novel.
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