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What Caleb Carr is Reading

The author of ”The Alienist” reads about serial killers and Sherlock Holmes

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“At the moment, I’m reading Joyce Egginton’s From Cradle to Grave, about a woman in upstate New York who [allegedly] murdered her nine children one after another. They all died over an 18-year period — [some supposedly] of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — and no one put it together that she did it. I’m doing it as research for the next book I’m doing.

“I’m also reading something that’s coming out in August from Pocket, Harold Schechter’s Depraved, the story of a 19th-century serial killer whose execution is mentioned in my book.

“When people leave me alone long enough, I read [a] big, two-volume collection of Sherlock Holmes. I also just finished Clockers. That was great. I love Richard Price. It’s amazing that he can take sordid, banal characters and make them into mythical archetypes.”