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John Katzenbach wurde 1950 in Princeton, New Jersey, als Sohn einer Psychoanalytikerin geboren. Bereits von ihr lernte er eine Menge über die menschliche Psyche, deren Untiefen er später in seinen Thrillern ergründen sollte. Weitere Erkenntnisse gewann er in seiner jahrelangen Tätigkeit als Gerichtsreporter des "Miami Herald" und der "Miami News". Seine Artikel wurden zudem in mehreren Zeitungen und Zeitschriften abgedruckt. Später machte er sich als Autor selbstständig. Zu seinen bekanntesten Werken, die zum Teil bereits verfilmt wurden, zählen "Der Patient" und "Die Rache". Nur eines ist Katzenbach noch wichtiger als das Schreiben: seine Familie. Mit seiner Frau, der Pulitzerpreisträgerin Madeleine Blais, und seinen Kindern lebt er in Amherst, Massachusetts. Foto: © Juliana Orihuela



'Relentlessly chilling' USA Today. 'A writer of subtlety and brutal toughness.' New York Times. 'Few writers understand the criminal mind as well as Katzenbach.' People.

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John Katzenbach has written eleven previous novels, including What Comes Next, The Traveler, Day of Reckoning, and The Shadow Man. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

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I don't see great things in this book, better other works of the same writer, this is not my favorite but is not that bad either.
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HASH(0x951f7e4c) von 5 Sternen RED 1-2-3 IS A THRILLING CRIME FICTION! 15. Dezember 2013
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What happens when three different women who didn’t know each other, but all living within a few miles of each other are targeted for murder?

Red 1-2-3 by John Katzenbach is a gripping psychological thriller about a demented killer who targets three women who seemingly have nothing in common other than their strikingly red hair, and how their only hope for surviving this fiendish plan is to turn the predator into the prey.

One was an internist. One was a public middle school teacher. One was a prep school student. They are seventeen, thirty-one and fifty-one. They had little in common, except for one obvious detail: they were all redheads.

Red One was standing by helplessly watching a man die when her letter was delivered. Red Two was dizzy with drugs, alcohol, and despair when her letter was dropped through the mail slot in the front door. Red Three was staring at a failure, thinking that more and far worse failures were awaiting her when her mail arrived. All the letters end, “….I know each of you is lost in the woods…you have been selected to die.”

A demented novelist, a writer of thrillers who is also a killer, decides to write himself into history by performing a perfect set of murders. Will he succeed? The killer had stalked and studied them for months. He thought he knew them all. But what he didn’t bargain for was for Karen, Sarah, and Jordan to join forces and turn him into prey. Red 1-2-3 is a thrilling piece of crime fiction. If you loved John Katzenbach’s earlier novels, this one is not to be missed.
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HASH(0x951fc240) von 5 Sternen Not same magic as 1983 but still good 7. August 2014
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This book has Amazon reviewers wildly divided. Like me, they have all read this author's earlier work and I think that is a big part of the problem. Katzenbach wrote some of the very best crime fiction over the last decades. IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER was his first in 1983 and was a big success plus made into a movie starring Kurt Russell. His THE ANALYST and THE TRAVELER were some of the best ever books in the entire genre. His JUST CAUSE was a big hit and made into a movie with Sean Connery.

The nub of the matter is: His recent books, including this one, are not as good as those books. But they are not bad books. I've read every one of them and each is an entertaining, escapist read which I completely enjoyed. However, if someone asked me what to read first with this author, I would write down the four titles I just listed in the prior paragraph, not this one. This is what you read after you've read his earlier great books. There are very few authors who are able to maintain the same quality of work for decade after decade. So he is not alone in his work being less than it once was.

This plot concerns three red haired women from diverse backgrounds who are selected by a serial killer to be his next victims. He sees them as Red Riding Hood 1, 2 and 3. They see him as the Big Bad Wolf. He tells them that he is coming to kill them. He first sends them letters and then begins escalating his activities with each of them. Can they outwit the Big Bad Wolf? In a nutshell, that is this book.

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HASH(0x951fb7e0) von 5 Sternen Clever premise wasted 22. Februar 2014
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Red 1-2-3 is built on a clever premise. An undistinguished writer of crime fiction who happens to be a serial killer decides to write an instruction manual for serial killers. He has selected three redheads as victims to illustrate his methods. He intends to commit and memorialize the perfect crime because, well, he's getting old and feels the need for a legacy. By killing three women within hours of each other, each in a different way and after warning them of their fate, the writer believes he will take his place in the annals of serial killer history and launch his book to bestseller status.

Each Red receives a letter in the mail that begins with the opening of Little Red Riding Hood and ends with "You have been selected to die." One Red is a lonely doctor who performs remarkably unfunny standup comedy routines as a hobby. One is a former teacher and current lush whose husband and daughter died in an accident. The third is an angry high school student. They could form a support group for distressed redheads (which is sort of what they do). The would-be killer, of course, is the Big Bad Wolf. His wife, who is blissfully ignorant of her husband's hobby during most of their marriage (or perhaps she's willfully stupid), is Mrs. Big Bad Wolf.

John Katzenbach creates a strong psychological profile of the killer, making him a more substantial character than any of the Reds, who tend to be stereotypes. The sullen teenager is the most competent of the three Reds, but her notion of how to deal with an anonymous letter is an eye-roller. The simplest solution would be for each intended victim to change her hair color, thus screwing up the killer's theme and perhaps sending the killer in search of a new plan, but that never occurs to them. They instead contrive a plan that only the looniest residents of Thrillerworld would attempt. I guess going to the police (only one of the three does so, and only once) would be less interesting but it would certainly be more sensible than the plan the Reds hatch. Fortunately, they aren't dealing with a killer or is particularly energetic or even particularly bright. He is convinced that the police will not connect the three killings as long as he commits each murder in a different way. Even if he had not sent each Red a threatening letter and You Tube video, would the police really not connect the apparently unmotivated slayings of three redheads in the same city at roughly the same time?

Unfortunately, this is a thriller without many thrills. For most of the novel, the plot lacks action and builds little tension. I spent quite a bit of my reading time wondering when the killer would get out of his writing chair and actually kill someone. You know the story is getting dull when you start rooting for the killer just so something will happen. The ending is a huge anti-climax. Despite Katzenbach's fluid writing and the novel's interesting premise, the story didn't grab me. The fundamental problems is that Katzenbach didn't make me care what happened to the redheads. That's a serious interest-killer in a novel that pits intended victims against a serial killer.
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HASH(0x951fa408) von 5 Sternen A Major Disappointment From Katzenbach 26. Dezember 2013
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Let me put it even more bluntly: this book stinks on ice.

Katzenbach is the very talented writer who brought us "In The Heat Of The Summer" and "Hart's War" (among other books), making this an even greater disappointment. When I saw it in the bookstore, I eagerly snatched it up. Unfortunately, it was so bad I finally gave up on it completely a bit over halfway through.

It's supposed to be a riff on the Red Riding Hood fable. I'm not seeing it, other than three women who share the trait of having red hair are targeted as victims by a nutcase serial killer who calls himself the Big Bad Wolf.

The problems of this book are legion, the most egregious of which is that it's just plain flat-out boring.

The three potential victims - who band together to try to defeat their intended murderer - are women whose lives have reached junctures at which they feel generally hopeless, and a lot of time is spent describing their back stories and circumstances. I didn't feel in any way engaged at all with any of them. They were boring and mundane people. Frankly, I couldn't have cared less.

The killer is a guy on the cusp of geezerdom who feels like he wants to recapture the "glory" of his youth as a successful serial killer/author (he was a published author who wrote "fiction" books that were actually recountings of his early kills), as well as the anonymous notoriety he savored as a serial killer at large.

To sum up: boring characters, plodding pacing, silly plot, no dramatic tension ever builds up.

On the plus side: the font was easy to read, and if I ever want to start a fire in my fireplace and run out of kindling, I now have plenty of scrap paper on hand.
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HASH(0x951fa5d0) von 5 Sternen An edge-of-your-seat thriller, in many ways one of Katzenbach’s best works to date 29. Januar 2014
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I will read anything that John Katzenbach writes. His novels are reliably smart and intriguing, featuring characters who are off-kilter in various ways --- some in a subtle manner, others not so much --- presented in a cinematic narrative that yanks the reader in from the first page. Katzenbach’s latest offering may be his most irresistible to date.

RED 1-2-3 presents a somewhat unique antagonist, an everyman of sorts who is nondescript in every way except for two: he is, or was, a thriller novelist of somewhat modest renown, and he is a killer. He has neither written a book nor murdered anyone for several years, but is about to make up for lost time in the small New England town where he has been quietly residing with his unsuspecting wife as they both make the transition from late middle age to seasoned citizen. Calling himself the “Big Bad Wolf,” or “BBW,” the author has sent anonymous letters to three women advising each of them that he is about to kill them. The only thing that the ladies have in common, other than the untoward attention of the BBW, is the red color of their hair. They are otherwise quite different from one another.

The first is a physician, divorced and comfortably single in her 50s. The second is widowed and in her mid-30s, a former teacher whose life was devastated by a sudden tragedy that left her alone and isolated, on a slow but inevitable course of self-destruction. The third is a high school senior at an exclusive prep school, a poor little rich girl who is caught in the not-so-friendly crossfire of her parents’ pending divorce. Each is terrified by the receipt of her respective letter, though they react in different ways. Their common thread is that they feel isolated and alone in their terror.

When the BBW contacts each of them a second time, he makes a small mistake, one that involves not so much underestimating the ability of one of his potential victims as failing to take into account the full measure of her abilities. I don’t want to give this portion of the book away because it is such a quietly ingenious tipping point here; suffice to say that the BBW’s error enables the women to ever-so-slowly begin to turn the tables on their tormentor, even as they worry that the steps taken will be too little and too late, that he will strike at them before they are able to discover who and what the BBW is and save their own lives while bringing justice to his.

There are several different ways that RED 1-2-3 could have ended, and Katzenbach leaves the reader hanging until almost the end of the book to discover upon which potential branch of the story tree the conclusion will hang. This is indeed an edge-of-your-seat thriller, in many ways one of Katzenbach’s best works to date. You will want to clear the deck in order to read it in one sitting.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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