Caleb Carr Writing Styles in The Alienist

Caleb Carr
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The novel is written in the first-person point of view. The narrator, John Schuyler Moore, is a reporter who is friends with both Dr. Lazlo Kreizler and Theodore Roosevelt, a fact that pulls Moore into the middle of Kreizler's investigation into a serial killer. The novel begins with Moore reminiscing on his good friend Theodore Roosevelt who has recently passed away. This nostalgia causes Moore to recall an investigation the three friends embarked on together, the story of the boy-prostitutes and the man who was murdering them.

The point of view of this novel works well with the plot. Due to the fact that the novel is set in the last decade of the nineteenth century, the reader almost expects the narrator to be slightly removed from the action being described in the novel. This is partially true of Moore. Moore does not appear to have...

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