November 16, 2016
Perhaps the best book I have read recently is The Alienist by Caleb Carr. It was published in 1994, and was a great success of its time. The reason I had avoided it all this while was a review which I had read, which calls its tone ‘scholarly’. Wasn’t what I was really looking for, so it was eventually serendipity which made me buy the book. The review was wrong, the tone is serious but the pace fast and even, the characters are interesting, and the events truly exciting – but what’s more, you know that you are reading an important piece of detective history (albeit fictional) when you read it. This is a masterpiece.