John Katzenbach Books

John Katzenbach is a United States based author, who is widely renowned for his fiction works. The son of a former United States Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach, John has worked on several assignments such as a criminal courter reporter for the Miami News and the Miami Herald. He has also been a featured writer for the Tropic Magazine. He is currently married to one, Madeleine Blais and they currently reside in western sides of Massachusetts. John Katzenbach had to leave the Newspaper work at some point so that he could focus on becoming a full-time writer. Up to this point, John has managed to pen down more than 12 novels all of them being psychological thrillers, which have in turn made him an international success.

Order of John Katzenbach Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published
1 First Born 1984

Order of John Katzenbach Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 In the Heat of the Summer 1982
2 The Traveler 1987
3 Day of Reckoning 1989
4 Just Cause 1992
5 The Shadow Man 1995
6 State of Mind 1997
7 Hart's War 1999
8 The Analyst 2002
9 The Madman's Tale 2004
10 The Wrong Man 2006
11 Red 1-2-3 2012
12 What Comes Next 2012
13 The Dead Student 2015

Anthologies/Collaborations

# Read Title Published
1 Natural Suspect 2001
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His very first novel, 1982, International bestselling book, In the Heat of Summer was adapted into the movie, the Mean Season, which was filmed partly in the newsroom for Herald and features Mariel Hemmingway and Kurt Russell. Two of his other books were again adapted for screenplay including Just Cause and Hart’s War. A 4th book, the Wrong Man, has been made into a soon to be released French movie Faux Coupable.

John Katzenbach Awards

John Katzenbach has not received any major literary award.

John Katzenbach Books into Movies

The author’s very first novel, the Mean Movie was adapted for a screenplay. Two of his other books, Just Cause and Hart’s War were also adapted for a screenplay.

Best John Katzenbach Books

The Analyst: This is one of the best performing books by the author, John Katzenbach. The book begins as a note has been left in the waiting room of New York’s Dr. Ricky Starks. Dr. Ricky Stark is one of New York City’s finest analyst. The note suggested that Dr. Ricky Starks had ruined someone’s life and that person is going to ruin Dr. Ricky Stark’s life. Dr. Ricky Starks had previously used the puzzling note as a device for plot launching. From such an exceedingly familiar ground, springs of the Dr. Starks strongest outings. A story of psychological torment and exploratory cunning. The note which had been signed Dr. Rumplestiltskin provoked Dr. Stark to discover the identity of the writer.

If Dr. Starks does not find out who wrote the letter, he should either commit suicide, or members of his family will begin dying one after the other. As Dr. Starks struggles to meet the deadline, his entire life goes into a complete meltdown. A police detective who had promised to look into the issue is killed by a hit and run truck driver. Starks entire savings disappear in an exceedingly mysterious electronic transfer. His apartment is wrecked by a burst water-pipe. And finally, his most trusted mentor decides to turn his back on him.

Furthermore, Stark discovers that the author of note had the ability to anticipate Stark’s every single move. As this happens, Starks and his tormentor, communicate through newspaper personals. Eventually Stark can fake his death and eventually go deep underground while trying to come up with a viable solution. He promises to leave behind the exceedingly predictable pattern of his former life and develop a new identity and track down the person who has been tormenting him for a very long time. With that said, the author’s narrative touch is nimble and edgy up to this point; however, it gets sharper as Stark tries to find his way towards an exceedingly gritty finale.

The Madman’s Tale: This is another great read from the author John Katzenbach book. The book begins twenty years after the State Hospital was shut down and the remaining inmates had been integrated into the society. One of the characters that we are introduced to is Francis Petrel, who had been committed to the asylum by his family when he was still a teenager. This was after his erratic behavior had led to an exceedingly terrifying outburst. At this point, he is a middle-aged man, who leads an aimless and solitary life in an exceedingly cheap apartment and is periodically tended by his siblings and is medicated quietly to silence the choruses inside his head. However, with a reunion in the making, something deep is stirred in Francis’s deep and troubled mind.

Some of the deepest and darkest memories that he thought he had laid to rest after the demise of the Western State Hospital. With his past now creeping into his thoughts, and nothing but a bare wall and a pencil to bleak in his apartment, Francis surrenders to the exceedingly overwhelming need to narrate a story of these night rush days. However, because the crime was never solved, this is a story that was doomed to remain unfinished.