By Caleb Carr
512 pp.; Random House

TNT's period crime drama, based on Caleb Carr's 1993 book, is rife with blood, sex and moody atmosphere. Set in 1896, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler is a psychologist (aka alienist), who's brought in by the police to investigate a string of grotesque killings of young male prostitutes in New York. The trailer for the series mixes shocking murder scenes with gumshoe investigations, as Kreizler travels from mental wards to high-society parties to crack the case. But Carr's original novel smartly integrates precise, historical detail into his storytelling, profiling of captains of industry like J. Pierpont Morgan and law-and-order men like Teddy Roosevelt, then the city's police commissioner. A fascinating read. (Date to be announced, TNT)