Fascinating story of a serial murderer, the beginning of psychiatry, and the early beginnings of forensic science. don't miss it. "Alienist" was the term given to doctors who worked with the mentally ill. The prevailing theory in the 19th century was that the mentally ill were "alienated" from the world around them, and hence the name.
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. New York Times best seller. This book masterfully combines the true stories of a serial killer and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (so many "firsts" and connections to later acheivements of well know men). All spoken words are verified from written sources, but it reads like a fast-paced novel. Larson paints an incredible picture of the time period.