Surrender, New York

Surrender, New York

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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Caleb Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, returns with a contemporary, edge-of-your-seat thriller featuring criminal psychologist Dr. Trajan Jones, the world's leading expert on the life and work of one Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, the hero of The Alienist, in whose brilliant but unconventional footsteps he follows. In the small town of Surrender in upstate New York, Dr. Jones, a psychological profiler, and Dr. Michael Li, a trace evidence expert, teach online courses in profiling and forensic science from Jones's family farm. Once famed advisors to the New York City Police Department, Trajan and Li now work in exile, having made enemies of those in power. Protected only by farmhands and Jones's unusual "pet," the outcast pair is unexpectedly called in to consult on a disturbing case. In rural Burgoyne County, a pattern of strange deaths has emerged: adolescent boys and girls are found murdered in gruesome fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, yet their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective. Jones and Li soon discover that the victims are all "throwaway children," a new state classification of young people who are neither orphans, runaways, nor homeless, but who are abandoned by their families and left to fend for themselves. Two of these throwaways, Lucas Kurtz and his older sister, Ambyr, cross paths with Jones and Li, offering information that could blow the case wide open. As the stakes grow higher, Jones and Li must not only unravel the mystery of how the throwaways died but also defend themselves and the Kurtz siblings against shadowy agents who don't want the truth to get out. Jones believes the real story leads back to the city where both he and Dr. Kreizler did their greatest work. But will Jones and Li be able to trace the case to New York before they fall victim to the murderous forces that stalk them? Tautly paced and richly researched, Surrender, New York brings to life the grim underbelly of a prosperous nation -- and those most vulnerable to its failings. This brilliant novel marks another milestone in Caleb Carr's triumphant literary suspense career. Advance praise for Surrender, New York "A compulsive read ... Carr once again delivers a high-stakes thriller featuring a new band of clever, determined outcasts. ... With gut-punching twists and the potential for a sequel, this intelligent, timely thriller will be savored by Carr's fans and new readers alike." -- Booklist (starred review) "[A] whodunit that weds leisurely nineteenth-century storytelling with twenty-first-century unpleasantness ... Carr's story poses an utterly modern question: for a career-minded politico, which is worse, a child-neglect scandal or a serial killer on the loose? We get to see both at work, including some nicely nasty mayhem. ... Carr's many fans will find this well worth the wait." -- Kirkus Reviews Praise for the works of Caleb Carr The Alienist is: "A high-spirited, charged-up and unfailingly smart thriller." -- Los Angeles Times "A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages." -- Entertainment Weekly "Gripping, atmospheric ... intelligent and entertaining." -- USA Today The Angel of Darkness is: "As winning a historical thriller as The Alienist . ... The reader keeps right on turning the pages." -- The New York Times From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780812989311
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 18, 2018

The book is flawed, it's against my code to give the highest marks, but it's been such a long time since I have read a book that was un-put-downable, it's so refreshing. There's an oddball partnership like Bryant and May, a touch of near-fantasy like Connie Willis, the intense character - driven plotting of Elizabeth George, mention of Sherlock Holmes and Aerosmith, and the author is a military historian (but also a man, so brace yourself for a whiff of horror-gore and bad sex, haha.) It's not set up for a sequel, and that doesn't seem to be the author's thing, but I was really sorry to part with these characters.

Nov 07, 2016

Having read Carr's previous work, especially The Alienist and The Italian Secretary, I was eager for his latest book. Unfortunately, I didn't get very far. Carr's seeming personal vendetta with current forensic practice overshadows any possible interest in the story. In addition, the hammering of this one issue, and everything else, is repeated ad nauseam. Uninteresting characters, and no excitement leaves this thriller unthrilling. It's not as bad as Killing Time, but not worth the attention it may get if you like some of his other novels.

cals_recommends Oct 24, 2016

I had to put this one down. The titillating crime details weren't enough to keep me reading this wordy wordy wordy book narrated by a generally unlikable character. Mr. Carr is (rightly) disturbed by the cozy relationship between prosecutors and forensic scientists and he uses his protagonist, Trajan Jones, as his mouthpiece to hammer home his point. Point taken. I'm out.

I may try again later when I have more patience to spare on fictional characters.

Sep 26, 2016

If you think you'd enjoy an author who never uses two syllables where three or four are possible, who is verbose enough to allow the meaning to squirm out of a sentence before the end, you'll love this guy. Lousy dialogue, lousy characters, unbelievably trite plot and zero suspense add up to make this one a pass.

Sep 20, 2016

I struggled through this book and although it was intriguing at the beginning, the contrived plots and unrealistic characters made it harder and harder to finish.

Aug 25, 2016



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