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When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.

The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a...
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Douglas Starr‘Alienist’ was the term for a psychiatrist or a psychologist at the time. They were called alienists because mentally deranged people were thought to be alienated from themselves. This is a wonderful historical novel, written in 1994, about one such alienist in New York City, who helps solve a series of grizzly serial killings at the time when Theodore Roosevelt was the commissioner of police. (Source)

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Century of the Detective

Wisława Szymborska, felieton z cyklu „Lektury nadobowiązkowe”:
Był czas, kiedy kochałam się w dwóch naraz: Bohunie i Sherlocku Holmesie. Bohun zobojętniał mi wcześniej. Sam sobie zresztą był winien, miał oczy tylko dla Heleny. Pozostał Sherlock, niezłomny kawaler, serce wolne. Niewinności mojej nie niepokoił jeszcze fakt, że Sherlock mieszka od lat z dr. Watsonem. Co prawda i ta miłość wkrótce mi przeszła, ale pozostał sentyment i przekonanie, że nikt już nigdy ani w powieści, ani w życiu genialnemu detektywowi nie dorówna. Tytan intuicji! Gigant dedukcji! Ze śladu stopy na piasku...
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Douglas StarrThis is a fascinating book, written in 1964 by the German writer Jürgen Thorwald. In this encyclopaedic yet highly readable volume, Thorwald demonstrates that the late 19th century saw the birth of modern detective work, from toxicology to fingerprinting to biometry to crime scene analysis. He must have been working in half a dozen languages, and produced what I consider the sourcebook on the... (Source)

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Excerpt from Criminal Investigation; A Practical Handbook for Magistrates, Police Officers, and Lawyers: Translated and Adapted to Indian and Colonial Practice From the System Der Kriminalistik, of Dr. Hans Gross, Professor of Criminology in the University of Prag
This Indian and Colonial edition, while omitting some portions of the original which would be of no use to the practical worker, for example, the slang words of Bohemian gipsies, thus contains much new and interesting matter, the better to adapt the book for India and the Colonies, and also to bring the last German edition of...
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Douglas StarrYes. This is a handbook, but sections read like literature. The Austrian jurist Hans Gross was part of the era’s coterie of forensic pioneers – but while the others were doctors, he was an attorney. So he took the science of criminal investigation and translated it into colloquial language. The result is a handbook that ordinary investigators could read – as could you or I. (Source)

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All 4 Novels & 56 Short Stories of the Sherlock Holmes Canon (including "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes") with More Than 480 Illustrations by Sidney Paget & Others

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) from Top Five Classics is the only fully illustrated, single-volume edition of the entire Sherlock Holmes Canon available, and features:

• All 4 novels and 56 short stories, including Arthur Conan Doyle's final 1927 collection, "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes"
• More than 480 captioned illustrations, including all 357 Holmes illustrations...

Michael DirdaIt really has a superbly eerie atmosphere. Most Sherlockians, if they had to pick just one story to represent the canon, would choose this one. (Source)

Douglas StarrIn a world beset by uncertainty and chaos and fear, it’s comforting to imagine there is someone out there who, with keen intelligence and a scientific method, can put things back in order, and make the world safe again. I think that’s part of Holmes’s enduring appeal. (Source)

Andrew LeesIt is often claimed that Holmes is the epitome of the rational, cold-blooded scientist but, in fact, most of his crimes are solved by backing his hunches and a fair amount of guesswork. (Source)

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“Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.” less

Becky Cloonan@Noise_Raptor Oh, thank you so much! This book was such a delight, and such a challenge! Dracula is one of my favorites- funny enough I'd jump at the chance to do this again XD (Source)

Douglas StarrWhen you read the physical description of Count Dracula, he does not resemble the handsome vampires we see on television; rather, he looks like a thug. He has one continuous eyebrow across his forehead, thick hands, pointy teeth and pointy ears. (Source)

Andrei CodrescuVampirism is a growth industry. Dracula is bigger than Jesus now. (Source)

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