The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Mystery Book Club
The Alienist Discussion Questions
- What do you think of the 1st person narration?
- Does the book convey the setting effectively?
- Does the history of the book feel authentic?
- What do you think of Laszlo Kreizler?
- Is John Moore, the narrator and reporter, the hero of the story?
- Cyrus is Kreizler’s African American valet, what do you think of him?
- Do you like Theodore Roosevelt in this book?
- What do you think of Sara Howard?
- What do you think of the philosophy and psychology in this book?
- Is Kreizler a profiler working on a serial killer case?
- Do the descriptions of New York in 1896 make you appreciate 2017?
- Is it strange to read about fingerprinting as an unproven tactic?
- Was it stupid for Moore to take a drink in the brothel?
- Does a mob going to a crime scene seem odd to our modern sensibilities?
- What do you think of the murderer being a mountain climber?
- What did you think of the letter from the killer?
- What do you think of the involvement of the church men?
- Does Sing Sing sound horrifying? (still open)
- Is the foreshadowing helpful?
- What did you think about the way that they figured out the killer?
- What did you think of the section of the book that didn’t contain Kreizler?
- What did you think of the ending?
- Did you like the book?
- Would you read other books by the author?
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