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The Madman's Tale
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345478479
Pages: 448
Year: 2004-06-15
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It’s been twenty years since Western State Hospital was closed down and the last of its inmates reintegrated into society. Francis Petrel was barely out of his teens when his family committed him to the asylum, after his erratic behavior culminated in a terrifying outburst. Now middle-aged, he leads an aimless, solitary life housed in a cheap apartment, periodically tended to by his sisters, and perpetually medicated to quiet the chorus of voices in his head. But a reunion on the grounds of the shuttered institution stirs something deep in Francis’s troubled mind: dark memories he thought he had laid to rest, about the grisly events that led to Western State Hospital’s demise. It begins in 1979, when twenty-one-year-old Petrel descends into the state-run purgatory of an overcrowded, understaffed Massachusetts mental hospital. Surrounded by inmates roaming the halls like drugged zombies and raving behind locked doors, well-meaning orderlies, jaded nurses, and patronizing doctors, Francis finds friendship with a motley assortment of fellow patients: a would-be Napoleon, a wise ex-firefighter, and a man obsessed with battling imagined devils. But there’s nothing imaginary about the young nurse found sexually assaulted and brutally murdered late one night after lights-out. The police suspect an inmate, while patients whisper about visions of a white-shrouded “angel.” But the striking and mysterious prosecuting attorney who arrives to investigate has her own chilling theory—about the grim, telltale “signature” left on the victim’s body, a string of unsolved sex killings, and a very real devil who, by chance or design, has come to turn a madhouse into a slaughterhouse. Now, with the past creeping back to haunt his thoughts, and nothing but a pencil and the bare walls of his bleak apartment, Francis surrenders to the overwhelming need to tell the story of those nightmarish days. But because the crime was never solved, it’s a story doomed to remain unfinished. Until, like Francis’s long-buried recollections, the killer resurfaces . . . with a vengeance. A tour de force narrative journey through the eerily unpredictable mind of an utterly unusual hero, The Madman’s Tale will keep even the most astute thriller reader uncertain, unnerved, and unable to resist the tantalizing twists and turns of this fiendishly suspenseful shadow show. From the Hardcover edition.
The Madman's Tale
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0552151068
Pages: 719
Year: 2005
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When the body of a young female trainee is found horribly murdered in the Nurses' station of the Western State Mental Hospital, Massachusetts, there is apparently no shortage of suspects- a whole hospital of them. One inmate claims to have seen the killer who he will only describe as The Angel. Twenty years later, Francis Petrel, once a patient at the hospital, writes his account of the events of the murder and its investigation on the walls of his tiny apartment. As he writes he is visited by hallucinations, by the increasing anxiety at his loosening grip on reality. As he goes deeper and deeper into his story about those events, he plunges further into the return of his own madness. He remembers how he is co- opted into the investigation by Lucy Jones, a driven young profiler who has her own reasons for pursuing this particular killer. But she, and Francis, face the same conundrum: how does one find a cold blooded killer masquerading as mad in a world populated by the deranged? In the end it will come down to Francis- he is the only one of the investigating team capable of recognizing the essential lie that The Angel embodies: for though his acts are those of a mad man, he most emphatically is not...
The Mad Man's Tale
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: amerakca LTD
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Pages: 438
Year: 2004
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When the body of a young female trainee is found horribly murdered in the Nurses's station of the Western State Mental Hospital, Massachusetts, there is apparently no shortage of suspects - a whole hospital of them. One inmate claims to have seen the killer who he will only describe as The Angel. Twenty years later, Francis Petrel, once a patient at the hospital, writes his account of the events of the murder and its investigation on the walls of his tiny apartment. As he writes he is visited by hallucinations, by the increasing anxiety at his loosening grip on reality. As he goes deeper and deeper into his story about those events, he plunges further into the return of his own madness. He remembers how he is co-opted into the investigation by Lucy Jones, a driven young profiler who has her own reasons for pursuing this particular killer. But she, and Francis, face the same conundrum: how does one find a cold blooded killer masquerading as mad in a world populated by the deranged? In the end it will come down to Francis - he is the only one of the investigating team capable of recognizing the essential lie that The Angel embodies: for though his acts are those of a mad man, he most emphatically is not...
Tales of the Madman Underground
Author: John Barnes
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101081937
Pages: 544
Year: 2009-06-25
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Wednesday, September 5, 1973: The first day of Karl Shoemaker's senior year in stifling Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl's been part of what he calls "the Madman Underground" - a group of kids forced (for no apparent reason) to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl has decided that senior year is going to be different. He is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is going to act - and be - Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative. Karl has five after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother . . . and a huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty, uncensored rollercoaster ride, narrated by the singular Karl Shoemaker.
What Comes Next
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 080212125X
Pages: 448
Year: 2013-06-11
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After the police falter in their investigation, a retired college professor vows to track down a young woman he witnessed being snatched off the street, kidnapped by a sadistic couple who put their victim's slow torture up for public display on the Internet.
The Dead Student
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802191622
Pages: 432
Year: 2015-10-06
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A grad student and his ex-girlfriend team up to solve a murder in this psychological thriller from the New York Times–bestselling author of Just Cause. Timothy “Moth” Warner, a Miami PhD student, wakes up on his ninety-ninth day of sobriety with an intense craving for alcohol. He asks his uncle Ed, a former alcoholic and now successful psychiatrist, to meet him at an AA meeting later that day. But when Ed doesn’t show up, Moth bikes to his office only to find his uncle lying in a pool of blood. The police pronounce the death a suicide, but Moth can’t believe it. Devastated and confused, he calls on the only person he thinks he can trust: Andrea Martine, an ex-girlfriend he has not spoken to in years. Each battling their inner demons, Moth and Andy travel into dark, unfamiliar territory, intent on uncovering the truth about Ed’s death and circling ever closer to a devious mind that will flinch at nothing for revenge. A Publishers Weekly top 10 mystery & thriller for fall An Amazon book of the month in the mystery/thriller category “Katzenbach ratchets up his trademark intensity in The Dead Student.” —Sun Sentinel (South Florida) “A twisted, compelling tale of death and deceit.” —Lansing State Journal “An intricately woven plot with sensitively drawn characters.” —The Washington Times “The Dead Student . . . demonstrates why [Katzenbach] has a place on many ‘must-read author’ lists . . . You will want to read [it] in one sitting.” —BookReporter “One of the freshest and most unlikely duos to appear in crime fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews “[A] clever cat-and-mouse thriller.” —Publishers Weekly
Day of Reckoning
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 080218037X
Pages: 400
Year: 2014-07-21
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A nice New England family has a dark secret in this “superb exercise in suspense” from the New York Times–bestselling author (The New York Times Book Review). Megan and Duncan Richards are no longer the radical activists they were in 1968. He’s a banker, and she works in real estate. They have a fine house, impeccable reputations, and three beautiful kids. Their past is safely stashed away until the day Duncan gets a call from the woman he’s spent decades trying to forget. Once, he knew her as Tanya, the charismatic leader of Northern California’s militant Phoenix Brigade. She had orchestrated their last robbery—a catastrophe that ended in bloodshed and murder. Megan and Duncan escaped undetected with new lives. Tanya wasn’t so lucky. She’s spent eighteen years in prison, eighteen years nursing the perfect revenge on her deserters. Now she’s free, and there isn’t a soul Megan and Duncan can turn to for help. What happens when a family is pushed to the brink? The answer “is the stuff of which parents’ nightmares—and well-crafted novels—are made” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). “Day of Reckoning is dynamite.” —Chicago Tribune “Gripping.” —The Washington Post
The Wrong Man
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345464842
Pages: 500
Year: 2007
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When Ashley Freeman, a bright and beautiful young woman, becomes the target of unrelenting obsession on the part of Michael O'Connell, she and her family struggle to extricate her from her violent admirer, until they are forced to come up with a no-holds-barred plan to outwit her dangerous stalker. 40,000 first printing.
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
Author: Holly Tucker
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393080420
Pages: 336
Year: 2011-03-21
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“Excellent. . . . Tucker’s chronicle of the world of 17th-century science in London and Paris is fascinating.”—The Economist In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting exposé of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today.
The Madman’s Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007500211
Pages: 368
Year: 2013-01-31
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A dark, breathless, beautifully-written gothic thriller of murder, madness and a mysterious island...
Hart's War
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345455843
Pages: 576
Year: 2002-01-29
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Second Lieutenant Tommy Hart, a navigator whose B-25 was shot out of the sky in 1942, is burdened with guilt as the only surviving member of his crew. Now he is just another POW at the fiercely guarded Stalag Luft 13 in Bavaria. Then routine comes to a halt with the arrival of a new prisoner: First Lieutenant Lincoln Scott, an African American Tuskegee airman who instantly becomes the target of contempt from his fellow soldiers. When a prisoner is brutally murdered, and all the blood-soaked evidence points to Scott, Hart is tapped to defend the soldier. In a trial rife with racial tension and raw conflict, where the lines between ally and enemy blur, there are those with their own secret motives, and a burning passion for a rush to judgment, no matter what the cost. From the Paperback edition.
Grim Lovelies
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 1328809625
Pages: 352
Year: 2018-10-02
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"A magical dash through the streets of Paris. Part caper, part fairy tale, part opulent witch society, you'll be swept away by all of it. GRIM LOVELIES absolutely dazzles." —Kendare Blake, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series “A darkly enchanting saga…bound to attract fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, and more.” —Entertainment Weekly “I lost myself in this magical book.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime. Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for. From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is the glittering first book in a new, epic YA fantasy series. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.
State of Mind
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0345422538
Pages: 532
Year: 1998
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Twenty-five years after she and her brother had fled their tyrannical father, a suicide and a suspect in the heinous murder of a young student, Susan Clayton receives a threatening message as a serial killer stalks her community. Reprint.
The Traveler
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802122639
Pages: 432
Year: 2013-11-26
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“Daring and admirable…it’s rare to find a suspense novel with the scope of well-crafted fiction…The Traveler is compulsive reading.” —Chicago Tribune This suspenseful classic from John Katzenbach, now back in print, reaffirmed his status as one of the best new thriller writers on the scene. Miami detective Mercedes Barren, recovering from a traumatic shooting, has transferred to the relative quiet of the forensics department to get her life back on track. Yet this peace is put on hold when she gets a wrenching phone call: her niece has been brutally murdered. Soon she uncovers the shocking truth: the killer—a professional photographer—is engaging in “copycat” murders across the country, while forcing a young student to document every horrific crime. The woman—he calls her “Boswell”—is his stenographer of cruelty. And if she drops her pen, she’ll end up being his next “subject.” As her already fragile life begins to fall to pieces, Mercedes makes it her mission to track down this cold-blooded killer—even if it means enlisting the help of his brother, a psychiatrist specializing in sex offenders. But can they catch him before his camera flashes next and snuffs out another life? Unbearably suspenseful, with believable characters and dialogue second-to-none, The Traveler is pure John Katzenbach.

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