Surrender, New York

Surrender, New York

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "Imaginative and fulfilling . . . an addictive contemporary crime procedural."--Michael Connelly,  The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)
Caleb Carr, the author of  The Alienist  and  The Angel of Darkness,  returns with a contemporary, edge-of-your-seat thriller featuring the brilliant but unconventional criminal psychologist Dr. Trajan Jones.

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.

Praise for Surrender, New York

"[A] page-turning thriller . . . For maximum enjoyment: surrender, reader." -- The Wall Street Journal
"Every word of fiction Carr has produced seems to have been written in either direct or indirect conversation with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, even those that take place in contemporary times, like this one. . . .  [ Surrender, New York ] allows Carr to deploy his indisputable gift for the gothic and the macabre, and the pursuit is suspenseful and believable." -- USA Today

"[A] long-awaited return." -- O: The Oprah Magazine
"[An] engrossing mystery." -- Library Journal

"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)

"Carr's many fans will find this well worth the wait." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, 2016
Edition: ON ORDER
ISBN: 9780679455691
Branch Call Number: 3564MISC 1


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Nov 07, 2016

Having read Carr's previous work, especially The Alienist and The Italian Secretary, I was eager for his latest book. Unfortunately, I didn't get very far. Carr's seeming personal vendetta with current forensic practice overshadows any possible interest in the story. In addition, the hammering of this one issue, and everything else, is repeated ad nauseam. Uninteresting characters, and no excitement leaves this thriller unthrilling. It's not as bad as Killing Time, but not worth the attention it may get if you like some of his other novels.

cals_recommends Oct 24, 2016

I had to put this one down. The titillating crime details weren't enough to keep me reading this wordy wordy wordy book narrated by a generally unlikable character. Mr. Carr is (rightly) disturbed by the cozy relationship between prosecutors and forensic scientists and he uses his protagonist, Trajan Jones, as his mouthpiece to hammer home his point. Point taken. I'm out.

I may try again later when I have more patience to spare on fictional characters.

Sep 26, 2016

If you think you'd enjoy an author who never uses two syllables where three or four are possible, who is verbose enough to allow the meaning to squirm out of a sentence before the end, you'll love this guy. Lousy dialogue, lousy characters, unbelievably trite plot and zero suspense add up to make this one a pass.

Sep 20, 2016

I struggled through this book and although it was intriguing at the beginning, the contrived plots and unrealistic characters made it harder and harder to finish.

Aug 25, 2016


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