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‘The Legend of Broken’ by Caleb Carr

The central conceit of Caleb Carr’s new doorstop of a novel is that it’s an actual historical document, an anonymously authored manuscript documenting the downfall of a legendary German kingdom called Broken.

Carr made his reputation with the bestselling 1994 crime novel “The Alienist,’’ which captured New York circa 1896. “The Legend of Broken’’ ventures all the way back to the Dark Ages.

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