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The best-selling book by Caleb Carr is the basis for "The Alienist," a psychological thriller set amidst the vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation of 1896 New York. A never-before-seen ritualistic killer is responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes, and newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist Dr.Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper illustrator John Moore and police department secretary Sara Howard to conduct the investigation in secret. The brilliant, obsessive Kreizler is known as an Alienist -- one who studies mental pathologies and the deviant behaviors of those who are alienated from themselves and society. His job, along with his controversial views, makes him a social pariah in some circles. But helped by a band of outsiders, Kreizler's tireless efforts eventually answer the question behind what makes a man into a murderer.

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Kreizler confronts the demons of his past; Moore tells Sara the truth; Connor takes matters into his own hands; the team closes in on the killer as time runs out.
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Kreizler mourns the loss of a friend; Sara pushes the team to forge ahead; Moore warns his friend the killer will strike again; Cyrus seeks revenge.
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Kreizler and Moore travel to Washington, D.C.; Sara goes rogue in pursuit of the truth; Lucius tells Marcus a secret; Byrnes and Connor tighten their grip on the investigation.
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Kreizler and Moore follow a lead; Sara visits a hospital and is forced to confront her past; Cyrus, Kreizler's carriage driver, recovers from his injuries; Byrnes and Connor plot against the team; Detectives Marcus and Lucius Isaacson work on a clue.
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The team hatches a plan to catch the killer; Moore checks in on a friend; Kreizler faces his own self-doubt about the investigation; Roosevelt attends an event with the city's elite; Sara looks into Kreizler's past; Connor acts on impulse.
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The team learns more about the killer; Moore and Sara share an intimate moment; Kreizler seeks advice from an old mentor; Roosevelt takes action.
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Kreizler and Sara discuss the capacity to kill; Moore goes on a date; Byrnes and Capt. Connor keep an eye on a potential suspect; Roosevelt finds himself under public scrutiny.
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Innovative evidence leads the team to discover a crucial element in the case has gone missing; Kreizler and Moore interview a witness to find out what happened to Moore at the brothel; Sara attempts to live in a world outside the investigation.
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The investigation heats up as Sara gets her hands on a clue and Kreizler tries to connect the evidence left behind by the serial killer; tensions rise within the police department.
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A psychologist, a newspaper illustrator, a secretary and a police commissioner begin an investigation outside the law to find a serial killer targeting boy prostitutes in 1896 New York City.
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