Caleb Carr, best-selling author of The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, has created a contemporary psychological thriller haunted by the shadowy hands of established power.
In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: Adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.
Meanwhile, in the county's small town of Surrender, Trajan Jones, a psychological profiler (and the world's leading expert on the life and work of one Dr. Laszlo Kreizler), and Michael Li, a trace evidence expert, once famed advisors to the New York City Police Department, teach online courses in profiling and forensic science from Jones' family farm. Alone and armed mainly with their wits, protected only by farmhands and Jones' unusual "pet", the outcast pair are secretly called in to consult on the case.
Jones and Li immediately discern that the various victims were all "throwaway children", a new state classification given to young people who are not orphans, runaways, or homeless but victims of a terrible phenomenon sweeping America's poor: Abandoned by their families, the throwaways are left to fend for themselves. One of these throwaways, Lucas Kurtz, along with his blind older sister, crosses paths with Jones and Li, offering information that could blow the case wide open.
Racing against the case's mounting stakes, Jones and Li find that they are battling not only to unravel the mystery of how the throwaways died but also to defend themselves and the Kurtz siblings from the threats of shadowy but powerful agents who want to stop them from uncovering the truth. It is a truth that, Jones believes, leads away from their world and back to the increasingly wealthy city where both he and his long-dead intellectual guide, Dr. Kreizler, did their greatest work. But will they be able to trace the case to New York before they fall victim to the murderous forces that stalk them?
Moving at the same rapid pace as his earlier books, yet with the same depth of historical and scientific research, Carr creates another roller-coaster ride of ideas and emotions. Like The Alienist; Surrender, New York brings to life the grim underbelly of a prosperous nation - and those most vulnerable to its failings.
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"Narrator Tom Taylorson mirrors the tone of intelligence that characterizes the two main characters in this moving novel. He flawlessly reflects the horror in Carr's depictions of the murders of 'throwaway' children and the impact of those murders on investigators Trajan Jones and Michael Li. Taylorson's resonant inflections and impeccable pacing make this a whodunit reflecting the best of Arthur Conan Doyle." (AudioFile)
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An excellent story on many levels... It's very thoughtful in its approach to the issues, laugh out loud funny at moments and terribly somber at others, cunningly layered and crafty, engaging an honestly accurate of disability and its layers, etc... Some absolutely wonderful characters here and you'll invest quickly and gladly... Especially Lucas and Marciana... The pace is excellent and keeps you gripped and involved... Some may see the big reveals early, and some later, but all will appreciate getting to those reveals... The book really does creatively mirror Alienist and Dr. Lazlo w/ a modern flair and context... My only caviat is that the narrator is pretty bland and prone to some obvious mispronunciations... If not for that I woulda rated 5* w/o reservations... Some may dislike some of the political leanings within the plot line, but they fit the story, and are pretty even handed...
This really isn't a very good book. I get that it does reference many things that should be looked at but, it's just not written very well. The narrator really is god awful. His inflections, especially with the teen character are annoying. His women voices are awful too. The book started okay, just went down hill with his very wordy political jabs. I haven't read this author's previous works and I don't think I'm really inclined to do so.
If you were looking for another Alienist, keep looking. I liked everything Carr has written so was excited when I say this book. Oh my. How the mighty have fallen. Implausible story. Unrealized characters. Insufferable narrator. Where to begin. Simple: Chalk this one up to the agent who pushed, the editor who green-lit it, and the author in need of a paycheck. It happens.
Adopting whiny, high-pitched voices to differentiate characters is really a cheap and unsuccessful way of doing it. It detracted from the story in ways that cannot be adequately enumerated.
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I loved Caleb Carr's The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, and was so excited that he had a new book out. My partner and I both tried to listen to this and quit. The writing is not good. The main character, who is narrating the book, is a know-it-all, snarky, sarcastic blowhard who thinks a great deal of himself and not much of anyone else. I don't want to spend another minute with him. The dialogue is terrible, and the descriptive sections include much more detail than is necessary, and overall this comes off as uninspired and boring. It reads as though Caleb Carr spent the last few years reading sub-par detective fiction and is excreting it through his writing. The narrator is not very good. I am bummed out!!!
10 minutes in I got a bad feeling. 1 hour later that feeling was irrevocably confirmed. The Alienist novels were fun, melodramatic historical fiction with a heaping dose of grand guignol. This is ponderous, self-conscious and completely out of touch with it's contemporary setting. Sad to have wasted the credit.
Shorter, less patriarchal. It read as a man-child's fantasy of a luxuriously tortured existence, enlivened by exotic pets and a bonkers romance. In fact, I ceased caring about all of the characters in this book, save one non-human.
I didn't make it there. I had to stop. It was too absurd.
The premise is interesting, but there was far too much internal dialogue and exhausting detail that went no-where.
At best, this author is uneven and has trouble reconciling the main focus of the story and plot. And in the end, the reader stops caring.
I listened to Carr's other two books (different reader) and was spellbound. This seemed to be written by someone else - stilted and cliched. The reader was somewhat flat and mannered.
I think the plot devices and the descriptions and the dialogue were so mediocre that they could not be saved.
Meh. Stiff. Predictable.
Return it, I hope.
Got so excited when I saw that Caleb Carr had a new book out. My excitement was tamped down a bit at the contemporary setting; that's one thing less interesting already. The ridiculous airplane/lab further dampened my interest. Then there's the terribly smug narrator. The politically incorrect jabs at his sidekick might have been sort of funny coming from a place of more camaraderie and affection, but delivered by the know-it-all narrator, it was all too easy to believe he really is that much of a racist. Things only got worse with the introduction of the teenaged "consulting detective." But it was the trite scuffling over "jurisdiction" between the narrator and cops that really killed the book for me; a sure sign that the writer was having a failure of imagination. Sorry to have wasted the credit on this mess.
huge disappointment, ridiculous story, I could barely finish, I only did because I wanted to see how bad it could get.....it got bad. st times I laughed out loud at the absurdity of it all.
I don't want to even get into the offense language, cop bashing, homosexual stereotyping, .I could go on and on . so, come on Caleb, seriously, who wrote this mess?
I finally finished this newest of Caleb Carr's novels at 3:45 AM--compelled to discover how the intricately crafted story lines were resolved amidst insightful (and inciteful) social commentary. Without a doubt, Surrender New York is well worth the sleep deprivation. As with Carr's other works, I found myself fully vested in the characters, their motivations, and their choices. Addressing such issues as legitimate vs illegitimate power, America's class/caste system, the nature of ability and disability, and the interworkings of money and politics, Carr underscores the critical social issues of our times--issues that, sad to say, are themselves timeless. I sincerely hope to meet these characters again. They've given me a lot to think about.
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