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Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian's exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society's belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.
posted Dec 16, 2007 at 12:03PM
This is probably the very best book I have ever read. Exquisitely written, but fast-paced and tawdry enough to be just a great read.
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Nate (Nathan) Heller
Half-Jewish, half-Irish; greedy; of dubious moral character.