Retail pak Simon & Schuster Audio 1997
CS ISBN 0671577484 $25.00 Four cassettes
This sequel to Carr's bestselling Alienist harkens back to earlier times in more ways than one. Most obviously, it contains fascinating minutiae about its setting, late nineteenth-century New York. But it also reminds one of a kind of pulp and penny dreadful fiction in which a club of eccentric and talented heroes fights crime under a charismatic leader, such as Doc Savage. In radio, this genre reached its apotheosis with the long-running series "I Love a Mystery." In this novel, the leader is Laszlo Kreizler, one of the world's first "profilers," or forensic psychiatrists--"alienists" in the parlance of the day. This particular case is told by Stevie Taggert, the street-urchin protégé of the good doctor. Boyd Gaines plays him well, negotiating as best he can around the author's anachronisms and inconsistencies of diction. Further, Gaines's listener-friendly voice emphasizes Carr's strengths--atmosphere and plotting. Y.R. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB 98]
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