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30th Jul '16 10:51:17 PM Exxolon
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19th Jun '16 12:11:11 AM nombretomado
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* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: TheodoreRoosevelt and J.P. Morgan, for starters. Franz Boas also makes a cameo.

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* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: TheodoreRoosevelt UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt and J.P. Morgan, for starters. Franz Boas also makes a cameo.
30th Mar '14 5:38:35 PM 102372
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''The Alienist'', written by Caleb Carr, is a 1994 novel which features the story of the search for a serial killer in NewYorkCity in 1896. The killer is targeting a very specific, marginalized segment of the population. An investigative team is brought together to find the killer. The members of team include: a 19th-century psychologist, and by extension his household employees, a journalist, who is also the narrator, two detectives from the NYPD, and the first woman to be employed by the NYPD. The novel follows their investigation into the mind of a killer.

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''The Alienist'', written by Caleb Carr, is a 1994 novel which features the story of the search for a serial killer in NewYorkCity UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1896. The killer is targeting a very specific, marginalized segment of the population. An investigative team is brought together to find the killer. The members of team include: a 19th-century psychologist, and by extension his household employees, a journalist, who is also the narrator, two detectives from the NYPD, and the first woman to be employed by the NYPD. The novel follows their investigation into the mind of a killer.
30th Mar '14 5:37:47 PM 102372
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'The Alienist'', written by Caleb Carr, is a 1994 novel which features the story of the search for a serial killer in NewYorkCity in 1896. The killer is targeting a very specific, marginalized segment of the population. An investigative team is brought together to find the killer. The members of team include: a 19th-century psychologist and by extension his household employees, a journalist who is also the narrator, two detectives from the NYPD and the first woman to be employed by the NYPD. The novel follows their investigation into the mind of a killer.

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'The ''The Alienist'', written by Caleb Carr, is a 1994 novel which features the story of the search for a serial killer in NewYorkCity in 1896. The killer is targeting a very specific, marginalized segment of the population. An investigative team is brought together to find the killer. The members of team include: a 19th-century psychologist psychologist, and by extension his household employees, a journalist journalist, who is also the narrator, two detectives from the NYPD NYPD, and the first woman to be employed by the NYPD. The novel follows their investigation into the mind of a killer.



* ActionGirl: Sara Howard

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* ActionGirl: Sara HowardHoward.



* CallForward: At the end of the affair, Teddy Roosevelt considers getting involved in national politics? [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Why, how preposterous!]]

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* CallForward: At the end of the affair, Teddy Roosevelt considers getting involved in national politics? politics. [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Why, how preposterous!]]



* EverybodySmokes / SmokingIsCool: A given, during the time the story was set. Even eleven-year-old Stevie lights up every other page.

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* EverybodySmokes / SmokingIsCool: EverybodySmokes[=/=]SmokingIsCool: A given, during the time the story was set. Even eleven-year-old Stevie lights up every other page.



* MrExposition: John Schuyler Moore

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* MrExposition: John Schuyler MooreMoore.



* SerialKiller

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* SerialKillerSerialKiller



* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Mary]]

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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Mary]][[spoiler:Mary]].
19th Feb '14 5:48:52 PM VioletStrange
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* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: TheodoreRoosevelt and J.P. Morgan, for starters.

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* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: TheodoreRoosevelt and J.P. Morgan, for starters. Franz Boas also makes a cameo.
13th Apr '13 3:31:07 AM Xtifr
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'The Alienist'', written by Caleb Carr, is a 1994 novel which features the story of the search for a serial killer in NewYorkCity in 1896. The killer is targeting a very specific, marginalized segment of the population. An investigative team is brought together to find the killer. The members of team include: a 19th-century psychologist and by extension his household employees, a journalist who is also the narrator, two detectives from the NYPD and the first woman to be employed by the NYPD. The novel follows their investigation into the mind of a killer.

A second book by Carr, ''The Angel of Darkness'' (1997), follows the team as they search for another serial killer.
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!!This novel provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Sara Howard
* BigApplesauce: Most of the novel takes place in New York City.
* CallForward: At the end of the affair, Teddy Roosevelt considers getting involved in national politics? [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Why, how preposterous!]]
* CharacterFocus: The members of the investigative team split off either individually or in pairs to gather the information they need to find the killer.
* DarkestHour: Dr. Kreitzler leaves the team after the shooting at his home. This almost derails the investigation.
* DirtyCop: The police department is portrayed as a hotbed of corruption before Roosevelt's time, [[TruthInTelevision as it indeed was]]. Most of the non-corrupt cops are brought in by TR for the express purpose of cleaning up.
* EverybodySmokes / SmokingIsCool: A given, during the time the story was set. Even eleven-year-old Stevie lights up every other page.
* EveryoneMeetsEveryone: At Delmonico's, no less.
* FiveTokenBand: The group trying to solve the murders includes a Central-European psychoanalyst, a woman who works for the NYPD, a black coachman, and two Jewish detectives.
* HarmfulToMinors: Very harmful to some minors.
* TheHeart: Mary Palmer. Oh oh oh, Mary Palmer.
* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: TheodoreRoosevelt and J.P. Morgan, for starters.
* HeroicBSOD: Kreizler suffers this after [[spoiler:Mary]] dies.
* IgnoredExpert: Dr. Laslow Kreitzler.
* InjunCountry: This is a significant idea that runs throughout the entire story.
* InnocenceLost: For so many people in so many ways.
* LockedRoomMystery: One of the "girls" disappears out of a third-story room with no fire escape.
* MrExposition: John Schuyler Moore
* PaterFamilicide: Some patients that Kreitzler sees early in the investigation fit this profile.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A 19th-century psychologist, a drunk, the first woman to work for the NYPD, an 11-year-old ex-con, a gentle giant ex-con, two Jewish brothers who are cutting-edge detectives, and sometimes Theodore Roosevelt. Yup, ragtag.
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:Mary]] chained her father to his bed and burned him alive, because he'd been sexually molesting her since she was a very small child. Since she suffered from a disorder that kept her from being able to speak in coherent sentences, she couldn't tell anyone about it.
* ScaryBlackMan: Cyrus. Subverted in that he's really a gentle man by nature, even if he's a convicted murderer. (He killed a man in a jazz club who was beating a prostitute.)
* SerialKiller
* StreetUrchin: Stevie "The Stevepipe" Taggart.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Mary]]
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour: Lots and lots.
* TurnInYourBadge: The Isaacsons take a "special assignment" leave of absence from the NYPD to work with the team.
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