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If you like The Alienist by Caleb Carr

If you like The Alienist by Caleb Carr

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The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or "alienist"—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over. (catalog summary)

The Alienist is an upcoming American television period drama event series based on the novel of the same name by Caleb Carr. The eight-episode series is set to premiere on TNT on January 22, 2018. See the trailer for it here.

The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary


The Alchemy of Murder
by Carol McCleary

Nellie Bly, Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, and Louis Pasteur team up during the 1889 World's Fair in Paris to find a killer connected to a virulent plague infecting thousands of Parisians. (catalog summary)



 



Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital


Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
by David M. Oshinsky

A history of the iconic public hospital on New York City's East Side describes the changes in American medicine from 1730 to modern times as it traces the building's origins as an almshouse and pesthouse to its current status as a revered place of first-class care. (catalog summary)


 



The Cutthroat: An Isaac Bell Adventure by Clive Cussler
The Cutthroat: An Isaac Bell Adventure
by Clive Cussler

1911. Chief Investigator Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency has had many extraordinary cases before. But none quite like this. Hired to find a young woman named Anna Pape who ran away from home to become an actress, Bell gets a shock when her murdered body turns up instead. Vowing to bring the killer to justice, he begins a manhunt which leads him into increasingly more alarming territory ... Anna Pape was not alone in her fate—petite young blond women like Anna are being murdered in cities across America. And the pattern goes beyond the physical resemblance of the victims—there are disturbing familiarities about the killings themselves that send a chill through even a man as experienced with evil as Bell. If he is right about his fears, then he is on the trail of one of the greatest monsters of his time. (catalog summary)
 



The Dante Club by Matthew PearlThe Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
In 1865 Boston, the literary geniuses of the Dante Club—poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J. T. Fields—are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante's remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard College are fighting to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of foreign superstitions into American minds will prove as corrupting as the immigrants arriving at Boston Harbor. The members of the Dante Club fight to keep a sacred literary cause alive, but their plans fall apart when a series of murders erupts through Boston and Cambridge. Only this small group of scholars realizes that the gruesome killings are modeled on the descriptions of Hell's punishments from Dante's Inferno. With the lives of the Boston elite and Dante's literary future in America at stake, the Dante Club members must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret. (catalog summary)
 


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson

Author Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction. (catalog summary)


 



The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye


The Gods of Gotham
by Lyndsay Faye

New York City, 1845. Timothy Wilde, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant, joins the newly formed NYPD and investigates an infanticide and the body of a 12-year-old Irish boy whose spleen has been removed. (catalog summary)



 



The Hellfire Conspiracy by Will Thomas

The Hellfire Conspiracy
by Will Thomas

When Barker and Llewelyn are hired to find a girl from the upper classes who have gone missing in the East End, they assume her kidnapping is the work of white slavers. But when they discover five girls have been murdered in Bethnal Green, taunting letters begin to arrive in Craig's Court from a killer calling himself Mr. Miacca. Barker fears that Miacca might be part of the Hellfire Club, a group of powerful, hedonistic aristocrats performing Satanic rituals. He must track the fiend to his hideout, while Llewelyn confronts the man who put him in prison. (catalog summary)

 



An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

An Instance of the Fingerpost
by Iain Pears

England in the 1660s. Charles II has been restored to the throne following years of civil war and Cromwell's short-lived republic. Oxford is the intellectual seat of the country, a place of great scientific, religious, and political ferment. A fellow of New College is found dead in suspicious circumstances. A young woman is accused of his murder. We hear the story of the death from four witnesses: an Italian physician intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion; the son of an alleged Royalist traitor; a master cryptographer who has worked for both Cromwell and the king; and a renowned Oxford antiquarian. Each tells his own version of what happened. Only one reveals the extraordinary truth. (catalog summary)

 



Murder as A Fine Art by David Morrell

Murder 
as A Fine Art by David Morrell
Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir, 'Confessions of an English Opium-Eater', is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier ... Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives. (catalog summary)


 



The Night Inspector: A Novel by Frederick Busch


The Night Inspector: A Novel
by Frederick Busch

In post-Civil War New York, an investor mounts an operation to free a group of children held as slaves in Florida. The investor is William Bartholomew who served in the Union army as a sniper and he does it at the behest of his Creole girlfriend. (catalog summary)



 


Oh Danny Boy by Rhys Bowen
Oh Danny Boy
by Rhys Bowen

In turn-of-the-century New York City, Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is contemplating giving up PI work for something a little less complicated, less exciting. Molly has had quite enough excitement recently, thank you very much. Especially from the handsome but deceptive NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan, whom she'd like to avoid completely. But when Daniel is accused of accepting bribes and lands himself in the Tombs, the notorious city jail, he begs Molly to help prove he was framed, and after everything they've been through, she cannot turn him down. As she finds herself drawn further and further into the case, she begins to fear that Daniel's trouble is related to one of his investigations —catching the Eastside Ripper, a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes. (catalog summary)
 



Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Ragtime
by E.L. Doctorow

The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence. (catalog summary)

 



Secret of the White Rose by Stefanie Pintoff
Secret of the White Rose
by Stefanie Pintoff

The murder of Judge Hugo Jackson is out of Detective Simon Ziele's jurisdiction in more ways than one. Drayson, an anarchist, set off a bomb at a Carnegie wedding that killed passerbys. Simon's assigned precinct on Manhattan's west side includes the gritty Tenderloin but not the tonier Gramercy Park, which is where the judge is found dead on the night before the jury is set to deliberate. His widow insists on calling her husband's old classmate criminologist Alistair Sinclair, who in turn enlists Ziele's help. Together they must steer Sinclair's unorthodox methods past a police force that is so focused on rounding up Drayson's supporters that they've all but rejected any other possibilities. (catalog summary)