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Madman's Tale

by John Katzenbach

eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Madman's Tale

A powerful tale of madness and the complications of investigating murder inside a mental hospital.  I was very impressed.  It is wordy in places, highly insightful into mental illness and the care the inmates have for each other, an unusual read.  A sort of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest crossed with Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None; nerve jangling stuff.
Comparison: Michael Marshall, Ken Kesey, Denise Mina.
Similar this month: Jack Kerley, Sarah Rayne.

Sarah Broadhurst

Madman's Tale Synopsis

When the body of a young female nurse is found horribly murdered in 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 goes deeper and deeper into his story, 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 for 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…

 

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Madman's Tale Press Reviews

'Wonderful. This haunting story will linger in your mind long after you've left the asylum'
Miami Herald
 
'Beautifully written, thoroughly engrossing thriller'
Boston Globe


'A novel that rises to the top of the genre, a page-turner whose authenticity takes the reader on an unexpected journey'
Denver Post


'A tour de force, superior storytelling designed to scare your pants off and very likely to succeed'
Washington Post

 

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ISBN: 9780552151061
Publication date: 02/05/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552151061
Publication date: 2nd May 2005
Author: John Katzenbach
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
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About John Katzenbach

John Katzenbach is the author of eight previous novels: the Edgar Award-nominated In the Heat of the Summer and The Shadow Man, The Traveller, Day of Reckoning, Just Cause, State of Mind, Hart’s War and The Analyst. He has been a criminal court reporter for The Miami Herald and Miami News. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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