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by John Katzenbach

eBook State of Mind epub
  • ISBN: 0345477251
  • Author: John Katzenbach
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 29, 2004)
  • ePUB size: 1201 kb
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John Katzenbach's STATE OF MIND should have been the fourth.

John Katzenbach's STATE OF MIND should have been the fourth. But, as I continued reading, I felt like I should warn others not to waste their time on this incredibly long, silly novel. I found the ideas presented here intriguing - what can become of the States giving the increasing violence, one possible solution and the thinking behind it, the mind of the serial killer, fears in the killer's offspring regarding their own character traits, the games people play with each other and themselves.

Son of Nicholas Katzenbach, former United States Attorney General, John worked as a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News, and a featured writer for the Herald’s Tropic magazine. He is married to Madeleine Blais and they live in western Massachusetts. He left the newspaper grind to write books, racking up 12 novels so far, psychological thrillers that have made him an international success.

John KatzenbachAuthor. lt;< Back to all books. Publisher: Ballantine Books Year: 1998 Synopsis: Twenty-five years ago, Jeffrey and Susan Clayton fled their 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.

In State of Mind, Katzenbach has created his most chilling novel ye. 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.

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. It’s been twenty years since Western State Hospital was closed down and the last of its inmates reintegrated into society. 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.

by. Katzenbach, John. Word games, Serial murderers. New York : Ballantine Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Christine Wagner on December 7, 2009.

An authority on serial killers wrestles with an unspeakable secret. A puzzle writer is caught in a terrifying game to the death.

John Katzenbach (born June 23, 1950) is an American author of popular fiction. Son of Nicholas Katzenbach, former United States Attorney General, Katzenbach worked as a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News, and a featured writer for the Herald's Tropic magazine.

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Twenty-five years ago, Jeffrey and Susan Clayton fled their 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. For someone has sent Susan a cryptic note. Once deciphered, it carries a terrifying message: I have found you.Meanwhile, a serial killer has invaded a tightly controlled community. Is Jeffrey Clayton’s father the source of this latest killing spree? The authorities think so—and they present Jeffrey, now a noted expert on serial killers, with a challenge: Find the butcher responsible for the newborn spate of carnage. Find your father. . . .
Comments: (7)
Moonworm
Katzenbach is one of the best. his stories move.
Ballardana
A fast read and a real page turner.... John Katzenback just doesn't know how to write a bad book!!
Helo
Suspense at its best!
Kupidon
As all the John Katzenbach books that i have read it was great
It was recommended to me by an Austrian lady while we were on holidays
To anyone who likes supense reads
Umi
This is the one of the most boring book that I've read in a very, VERY long time. Now, I don't know what book some of these other people were reading that gave in a 7-10 rate, but it couldn't have been this one. Let me put it like this, I skipped several pages at a time and didn't miss a thing. I was constantly begging, "Where's the ACTION!!" Faulkner, Morrison the author is NOT. I never thought it possible that for so many words or so much time devoted into staying into a character's head, and I still had the sense of not KNOWING the characters. The plot sounded promising, the problem is I didn't see much of it. You find out what Susan thought while driving home from work on the highway. You find out where the mother sat on her way home from the library. The author tries to construct this vision of the future US, but I couldn't picture it. I didn't know whether he was more concerned with the USA of the future or the serial killer. What does this have to do with this serial killing father and husband? When you find out let me know! I don't mind, and some time look forward to working through a book. A book with stylish prose, lyrical in manner is what this book isn't. If you want to read mystery or suspense novel like that, Faulkner's Intruder In The Dust is a good place to start. I do not recommend this book...AT ALL!
Madi
I don't know, maybe sometimes in the future, an AARP member would still have the energy and urge to maintain as being a serial killer. I've once questioned the author's logic way of thinking in his other books, and this one, although written seriously, still got some obvious flaws during his creation. To be qualified for being a serial killer is not easy, usually, you must be young enough to have that kind of urge and energy to push you forward over the edge. If the the professor, Jeffrey Clayton, would give the reader an impression of a guy over 35 years old, and based upon a 25 years old murder case committed by his father after they run away from New Jersey to Florida, his father, J.P. Mitchell, should be at least over sixty pushing seventy years old, no matter what. But look around, folks, you could have a 60-year old white collar criminal, but not violent type, because the urge should have long gone! Also, this book's pace is as slow as snail crawling, definitely not fast paced like other reviews sai
6snake6
In the last ten years, I've read over 500 novels. Out of all those, I've only started then stopped reading three books. John Katzenbach's STATE OF MIND should have been the fourth. I almost didn't bother writing a review because the book is old, being published in 1997. But, as I continued reading, I felt like I should warn others not to waste their time on this incredibly long, silly novel.

Jeffrey Clayton is a professor and an expert on serial killers and other types of evil. Sister Susan lives with their dying mother in Florida and writes cryptic word puzzles for magazines. One day, Susan starts getting mysterious and threatening messages sent to her home. Jeffrey is asked to aid in the search of a killer. Twenty five years ago, their mom took Jeffrey and Susan and fled their father. They all thought he was dead. But now they've discovered he may be alive, and a ruthless serial killer to boot.

I admit the plot is somewhat interesting. Serial killer novels are usually pretty good. But this one fails for several reasons. First, it is way too long and wordy. It took forever to read, and I skimmed long sections of needless description. Second, there is no one for Jeffrey or Susan to care about. No love life, no indication of a passion outside their narrow lives.

But the biggest problem is that this book is set in the future, and for no reason. Katzenbach creates an entire world several decades in the future where everyone is armed and no one is safe when they go outside. Amidst this chaos, a 51st State is being created in the west full of rules and restrictions that are supposed to prevent the violence prevalent in the rest of the country. While his portrayal of the future was interesting at times, it was not necessary at all to tell the story. And, reading this book now just showed how wrong Katzenbach was in predicting the future. The book did not age well.

Katzenbach is an author I can't recommend. This is the third book of his I've read, and they all seem too long and void of passion and heart.
My first Katzenbach book and based upon what other reviewers wrote, I see I should get hold of some of his others.

I found the ideas presented here intriguing - what can become of the States giving the increasing violence, one possible solution and the thinking behind it, the mind of the serial killer, fears in the killer's offspring regarding their own character traits, the games people play with each other and themselves.

I liked how the author wove in aspects of serial-killer-history and sent me to google these and find out more.

This is one of the few detective/thriller novels where I didn't skip over the descriptive paragraphs just to get to the "action", because I found that the action was partly in the scenery and the characterizations.

Totally enjoyable read.
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