Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr
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It is hard to resist a character with such eloquent charm and a story with such deep meaning, no matter what its time and place.
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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

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About Caleb Carr

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Caleb Carr is a contributing editor of "MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History "and the series editor of the Modern Library War Series. His military and political writings have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals, among them "The World Policy Journal", "The New York Times", and "Time" magazine. He lives in upstate New York.
Published August 23, 2016 by Random House. 609 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 30 2016

...returns with a curious whodunit that weds leisurely 19th-century storytelling with 21st-century unpleasantness...Carr’s many fans will find this well worth the wait.

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Reviewed by Michael Connelly on Aug 15 2016

It is hard to resist a character with such eloquent charm and a story with such deep meaning, no matter what its time and place.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Carole E. Barrowman on Aug 19 2016

Dr. Trajan Jones, a profiler walking in the alienist’s intellectual footsteps, is unlikable (not in any good way). His dialogue is pedantic and his point of view is thick with righteous indignation.

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Reviewed by Howard Shrier on Jan 16 2017

If you care deeply about Carr’s causes or enjoy listening to awkward men insult each other ad nauseum, this might be the book for you. I’d rather watch a rerun of CSI, where one can see real humanity in the grieving relatives, bewildered witnesses, damaged killers and the CSIs themselves.

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