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The Alienist

The Alienist - Caleb Carr I like this book because it is a psychological-drama set in an era when crimes were seen in terms of good and evil, without any thought to psychology. Nobody likes when I say this, but that juxtaposition reminds me of the DiCaprio/Claire Daines ROMEO+JULIET movie, which had modern technology and styles, but Shakespearian dialogue. No, this book has nothing to do with Romeo and Juliet; I'm just speaking strictly in terms of style. Together with a decent story and sympathetic characters, this makes it a fresh and satisfying read.