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The Madman's Tale - John Katzenbach
The Madman's Tale
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345464828 (0345464826)
ASIN: 345464826
Publisher: Fawcett
Pages no: 576
Edition language: English
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Conny
Conny rated it
3.5 "Die Anstalt" von John Katzenbach
Francis schreibt - in geistiger Verwirrung - die Geschichte seines vor 20 Jahren erlebten Aufenthalts in einer Nervananstalt an die Tapete seines Wohnzimmers: In der Nervenheilanstalt trieb zu jener Zeit ein Mörder sein Unwesen, dem mit den logischen Ermittlungsmethoden der Staatsanwältin kaum beizu...
karlakolumna
karlakolumna rated it
Es ist schon einige Zeit her, seit ich dieses Buch gelesen habe. Aber meine Güte, ich musste mich regelrecht durch diesen sogenannten "Psychothriller" durchquälen.Das Buch ist sowas von langweilig. Ich habe mich dazu gezwungen, weiterzulesen, in der Hoffnung - und in dem Irrglauben - dass irgendwann...
Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher
Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher rated it
2.0
Wait a minute... I'm watching "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" and I'm pretty sure John Katzenbach saw that film, too... I'm 10 minutes into the movie and there are parallels like crazy! I can't believe it! I'm reducing the rating from 4 to 2 stars!
ssawczyn
ssawczyn rated it
5.0 The Madman's Tale: A Novel
Definitely one of the most incredible books I've read in a long while. The story, one filled with drama, suspense and many unanticipated twists and turns, is told from the perspective of a former asylum patient dealing with medications and his own mental illness. If you like suspense, I'm sure you'...
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