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Book Group

January 11, 2016 @ 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM


The Alienist takes place in 1896 New York City, where a serial killer is at work.  Theodore Roosevelt, the newly appointed police commissioner, has appointed an unusual trio to attempt to track down the killer:  New York Times reporter, John Schuyler Moore, a psychologist, or “alienist”, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, and a secretary in the police department, Sara Howard.  Working in secret this unlikely team embarks on a revolutionary effort in criminology – amassing a psychological profile of the man they are looking for based on the details of his crimes.  The Alienist takes the reader to New York’s Gilded Age and its dark underside, from verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, to shining opera houses and seamy gin mills, while the team’s quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer.


January 11, 2016
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
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Hodge Memorial Library
4 North Street
Roxbury, 06783
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