Caleb Carr Books In Order

Dr. Laszlo Kreizler Books In Publication Order

  1. The Alienist (1994)
  2. The Angel of Darkness (1997)
  3. The Alienist at Armageddon (2022)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Casing the Promised Land (1980)
  2. Killing Time (2000)
  3. Exorcist: The Beginning (With: Steven Piziks,Bill Wisher,Alexi Hawley) (2003)
  4. The Italian Secretary (2005)
  5. The Legend of Broken (2012)
  6. Surrender, New York (2016)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Doctoral Deformation (2017)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. America Invulnerable (1988)
  2. The Devil Soldier (1992)
  3. The Lessons of Terror (2002)
  4. What Ifs? of American History (2003)
  5. The Cold War (2005)

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Caleb Carr Books Overview

The Alienist

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or ‘alienist.’ On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan’s infamous brothels. The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler’s intellect and Moore’s knowledge of New York’s vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best, the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology amassing a psychological profile of the man they’re looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before. and will kill again before the hunt is over. Fast paced and gripping, infused with a historian’s exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences. From the Paperback edition.

The Angel of Darkness

In The Angel of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends high living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer toting Sara Howard; the brilliant and bickering detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case. But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children. Once again, Caleb Carr proves his brilliant ability to re create the past, both high life and low. As the horror unfolds, Delmonico’s still serves up wondrous meals, and a summer trip to the elegant gambling parlors of Saratoga provides precious keys to the murderer’s past. At the same time, we go on revealing journeys into Stevie’s New York, a place where poor and neglected children then as now turn to crime and drugs at shockingly early ages. Peppered throughout are characters taken from real life and rendered with historical vigor, including suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton; painter Albert Pinkham Ryder; and Clarence Darrow, who thunders for the defense in a tense courtroom drama during which the sanctity of American motherhood itself is put on trial. Fast paced and chilling, The Angel of Darkness is a tour de force, a novel of modern evil in old New York.

Killing Time

‘It is the greatest truth of our age: Information is not knowledge.’The year is 2023, a time that bestselling author Caleb Carr paints in fascinating and believable detail. Much of the world enjoys the great wealth generated by the triumph of information technology, but horrifying poverty grips many countries, bitter wars rage over natural resources, and the failure of international regulatory agencies has resulted in an expanding black market in all forms of weapons including nuclear devices. The staphylococcus plague of 2006 wiped out forty million people, the crash of ’07 ruined many national economies, and in America the assassination of President Emily Forrester in 2018 traumatized the nation. The Internet remains the main source of information, bombarding people everywhere with news, rumors, and allegations twenty four hours a day and creating enormous possibilities for the manipulation of mankind. New York psychiatrist, criminal profiler, and historian Dr. Gideon Wolfe becomes enmeshed in this world of deception when the wife of a murdered special effects wizard brings him a computer disc containing startling evidence that the now famous visual record of President Forrester’s assassination was digitally altered by her husband. Investigating this crime, Wolfe enlists the help of his oldest friend, Max Jenkins, a private detective expert in all forms of information manipulation. When Max, too, is murdered, a stunned and enraged Wolfe sets out to uncover who is behind the Forrester hoax and the killings, a journey that leads him to a secret group of scientific and military experts who led by an ailing, mysterious young genius and his beautiful, brilliant sister have undertaken to demonstrate the astonishing degree to which the public can be deceived and manipulated. Seduced in every way, Wolfe joins the team. But are their methods really as noble as their motives?Relentlessly suspenseful and packed with brilliantly realized characters and settings, Killing Time reveals a new side of a master novelist

Exorcist: The Beginning (With: Steven Piziks,Bill Wisher,Alexi Hawley)

BASED ON THE FILM FROM THE ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR OF AUTO FOCUS AND AFFLICTION, AND FROM THE WRITER OF THE ALIENIST

In the aftermath of World War II, Lankester Merrin finds himself in the remote Turkana region of Kenya. Haunted by memories of the war, he has taken a sabbatical from the priesthood and journeyed far from his native Holland. He has come to lead the archaeological excavation of a mysterious, Byzantine church, buried in pristine condition as if on the day it was completed. Directly underneath the church, Merrin discovers a much more ancient crypt and finds himself face to face with unspeakable Evil.

Madness descends on the local villagers and the contingent of British soldiers sent to guard the excavation. Merrin watches helplessly as the atrocities of war are repeated against another innocent village atrocities he’d hoped to never see again. The blood of innocents flows freely on the East African plain, but the horror has only just begun…
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The Italian Secretary

Caleb Carr’s novel, The Alienest, was a blockbuster international bestseller and positioned its author as a modern master of the historical thriller. Now, Carr reaches back further, to the age of opium dens and Jack the Ripper, when fictional detective Sherlock Holmes made the science of murder as real as the gore on a killer s hands

FOUL WHISPERINGS

Mycroft Holmes s encoded message to his brother, Sherlock, is unsubtle enough even for Dr. Watson to decipher: a matter concerning the safety of Queen Victoria herself calls them to Edinburgh s Holyroodhouse to investigate the confounding and gruesome deaths of two young men horrific incidents that took place with Her Highness in residence. The victims were crushed in a manner surpassing human power. And while recent attempts on Her Majesty s life raise a number of possibilities, these intrigues also seem strangely connected to an act of evil that took place centuries earlier

UNNATURAL DEEDS
For indeed, the slaying of David Rizzio, music master and friend to Mary, Queen of Scots, was an extraordinarily brutal and treacherous act even for a time when brutality and treachery were the order of the day. Now, the ghosts of Holyroodhouse are being reawakened by someone with a diabolical agenda of greed, madness, and terror as Holmes and Watson set out to trap a killer who is eager to rewrite history in blood…

The Devil Soldier

A courageous leader who became the first American mandarin, Frederick Townsend Ward won crucial victories for the Emperor of China during the Taiping Rebellion, history’s bloodiest civil war. Carr’s skills as historian and storyteller come to the fore in this thrilling account of the kind of adventurer the world no longer sees. Photographs.

The Lessons of Terror

In The Lessons of Terror, novelist and military historian Caleb Carr examines terrorism throughout history and the roots of our present crisis and reaches a provocative set of conclusions: the practice of targeting enemy civilians is as old as warfare itself; it has always failed as a military and political tactic; and despite the dramatic increases in its scope and range of weapons, it will continue to fail in the future. International terrorism the victimization of unarmed civilians in an attempt to affect their support for the government that leads them is a phrase with which Americans have become all too familiar recently. Yet while at first glance terrorism seems a relatively modern phenomenon, Carr illustrates that it has been a constant of military history. In ancient times, warring armies raped and slaughtered civilians and gratuitously destroyed property, homes, and cities; in the Middle Ages, evangelical Muslims and Christian crusaders spread their faiths by the sword; and in the early modern era, such celebrated kings as Louis XIV revealed a taste for victimizing noncombatants for political purposes. It was during the Civil War that Americans themselves first engaged in total war, the most egregious of the many euphemisms for the tactics of terror. Under the leadership of such generals as Stonewall Jackson, the forces of the South tried to systematize this horrifying practice; but it fell to a Union general, William Tecumseh Sherman, to achieve that dubious goal. Carr recounts Sherman’s declaration of war on every man, woman, and child in the South a policy that he himself knew was badly flawed, had nothing to do with his military successes indeed, it hampered them, and brought long term unrest to the American South by giving birth to the Ku Klux Klan. Carr s exploration of terror reveals its consistently self defeating nature. Far from prompting submission, Carr argues, terrorism stiffens enemy resolve: for this reason above all, terrorism has never achieved nor will it ever achieve long term success, however physically destructive and psychologically debilitating it may become. With commanding authority and the storyteller s gift for which he is renowned, Caleb Carr provides a critical historical context for understanding terrorist acts today, arguing that terrorism will be eradicated only when it is perceived as a tactic that brings nothing save defeat to its agents.

What Ifs? of American History

Did Eisenhower avoid a showdown with Stalin by not taking Berlin before the Soviets? What might have happened if JFK hadn’t been assassinated? This new volume in the widely praised series presents fascinating ‘what if…
‘ scenarios by such prominent historians as: Robert Dallek, Caleb Carr, Antony Beevor, John Lukacs, Jay Winick, Thomas Fleming, Tom Wicker, Theodore Rabb, Victor David Hansen, Cecelia Holland, Andrew Roberts, Ted Morgan, George Feifer, Robert L. O’Connell, Lawrence Malkin, and John F. Stacks. Included are two essential bonus essays reprinted from the original New York Times bestseller What If?tm David McCullough imagines Washington’s disastrous defeat at the Battle of Long Island, and James McPherson envisions Lee’s successful invasion of the North in 1862.

The Cold War

Even fifteen years after the end of The Cold War, it is still hard to grasp that we no longer live under its immense specter. For nearly half a century, from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, all world events hung in the balance of a simmering dispute between two of the greatest military powers in history. Hundreds of millions of people held their collective breath as the United States and the Soviet Union, two national ideological entities, waged proxy wars to determine spheres of influence and millions of others perished in places like Korea, Vietnam, and Angola, where this cold war flared hot.

Such a consideration of The Cold War as a military event with sociopolitical and economic overtones is the crux of this stellar collection of twenty six essays compiled and edited by Robert Cowley, the longtime editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. Befitting such a complex and far ranging period, the volume’s contributing writers cover myriad angles. John Prados, in The War Scare of 1983, shows just how close we were to escalating a war of words into a nuclear holocaust. Victor Davis Hanson offers The Right Man, his pungent reassessment of the bellicose air power zealot Curtis LeMay as a man whose words were judged more critically than his actions.

The secret war also gets its due in George Feiffer s The Berlin Tunnel, which details the charismatic C.I.A. operative Big Bill Harvey s effort to tunnel under East Berlin and tap Soviet phone lines and the Soviets equally audacious reaction to the plan; while The Truth About Overflights, by R. Cargill Hall, sheds light on some of The Cold War s best kept secrets.

The often overlooked human cost of fighting The Cold War finds a clear voice in MIA by Marilyn Elkins, the widow of a Navy airman, who details the struggle to learn the truth about her husband, Lt. Frank C. Elkins, whose A 4 Skyhawk disappeared over Vietnam in 1966. In addition there are profiles of the war s front lines Dien Bien Phu, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs as well as of prominent military and civil leaders from both sides, including Harry S. Truman, Nikita Khrushchev, Dean Acheson, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Richard M. Nixon, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, and others.

Encompassing so many perspectives and events, The Cold War succeeds at an impossible task: illuminating and explaining the history of an undeclared shadow war that threatened the very existence of humankind.

From the Hardcover edition.

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