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- SynopsisAn authority on serial killers wrestles with an unspeakable secret. A puzzle writer is caught in a terrifying game to the death. A madman thirsts for revenge--and reckoning. In State of Mind, John Katzenbach turns these elements into a pulse-pounding ride of nonstop action and psychological suspense. A professor of abnormal psychology, Jeffrey Clayton struggles with a dark past. Twenty-five years before, Jeffrey and his mother and sister fled his tyrannical father--a man who was later suspected in the heinous murder of a young student. Though the father was never charged, he committed suicide. Or so it seemed. Since then Jeffrey's mother and his sister Susan have concealed themselves in the remote tangled swamps of the Upper Keys, where Susan creates word games for Miami Magazine. But someone has sent her a cryptic note. Once deciphered, it carries a terrifying message: I have found you. At the same time, a serial killer has invaded a community whose citizens seek a haven of old-fashioned values. And one new-fashioned guarantee: unconditional safety. But no one is safe from this intruder--who murders young girls in unspeakable ways. Is Jeffrey Clayton's father the source of this latest killing spree? The authorities think so--and they present Jeffrey with an ultimatum: find the butcher responsible for the newborn spate of carnage. Find your father. As this race-against-time scenario unfolds, each player--brother, sister, mother--becomes a pawn in a cunning killer's elaborate maze. "He plays at death," Jeffrey says. "That's the game. And now, we're the pieces. . . ." Surpassing his earlier acclaimed achievements, John Katzenbach here devises a masterful cat-and-mouse exercise in suspense--with the storytelling prowess of Just Cause and a psychotic villain as menancing as The Shadow Man. In State of Mind, Katzenbach has created his most chilling novel yet.
- AuthorJohn Katzenbach
- Number Of Pages409 pages
- Publication Date1997-07-29
- PublisherRandom House Publishing Group
- Publication Year1997
- Weight25.6 Oz
- Height1.3 In.
- Width6.5 In.
- Length9.6 In.
- LC Classification NumberPS3561.A7778S73 1997
- Dewey Decimal813.5/4
- Dewey Edition21
- Reviews"Relentlessly chilling." USA Today "GRIPPING . . . CHURNS UP PLENTY OF THRILLS." Chicago Tribune "DARK, MENACING." The Orlando Sentinel "FEW WRITERS OF CRIME FICTION SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THE CRIMINAL MIND AS WELL AS KATZENBACH." People "CREEPY . . . COMPELLING . . . You may as well just lock the doors and burrow under the covers. What is so scary is that Katzenbach creates a fictional world that is very much like the one we live in now, only taken to a horrifying extreme. . . . We don't want to give away too much here, but suffice it to say that the characters are compelling, the plot scary enough to keep you pinned to your beach blanket, and the overall experience very satisfying." USA Today "A well written, well-plotted thriller. . . . Katzenbach is very good at world-building, and his imaginary Western Territory is frighteningly believable." The Washington Post Book World "A superb thriller in which the power of the intelligent criminal mind rules violence in the cleverest and most malevolent way imaginable. In its dystopian vision of the American future, the novel also possesses eerie possibilities." Houston Chronicle "GRIPPING . . . With STATE OF MIND, Katzenbach delivers suspense and a wildly imaginative story." Journal Inquirer (Manchester, CT) "Katzenbach has written the best kind of psychological thriller, where the twists and turns take you where you expected to be, even though you voluntarily lost yourself a hundred times along the way." The Dayton Daily News "Katzenbach creates some clever puzzles and capably portrays an America consumed by rage and chaos." Publishers Weekly "CHILLING. . . . Katzenbach has created the killer we most fearmalevolent, brilliant, and unrepentant. . . . A novel that will engross the reader from the first page. From the killer's . . . first message to the shocking conclusion, the reader will feel the same dread and inevitability that tortures the Claytons." Washington Observer-Reporter (PA) "Katzenbach's novels stick with you. . . . [He] has created crafty killers before, but he's never imagined such a thought-provoking environment. . . . Katzenbach reels us into the story. By the final confrontations, we're hooked." Staten Island Register (NY) "Fast-paced." Kirkus Reviews From the Paperback edition.
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