Set in New York in the 1890's, it's a murder mystery/thriller. A serial killer is murdering boy prostitutes in an horrific way: society turns a blind eye, preferring to know nothing about the seedier side of life, and the police are too corrupt and inept to try to capture him. Bring in the Alienist (psychiatrist), give him a team and have them start investigating.....
The book gives a fascinating insight into the development of criminal/psychological profiling as a tool to identifying and capturing the killer and of the historical period it is set in.
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A very good read that kept me hooked right up to the last page. I'll certainly be looking out for the author's next book: Angel of Darkness.
The book has been registered on the Book Crossing web site and has been released into the wild - although it was at the Il Sorriso cafe on Ashby High Street and not in the cinema. Looking forward to seeing if it travels and how far. :0)