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John Katzenbach has assembled an authentic 'Cuckoo's Nest',
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Madman's Tale: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
of characters inside Western State Mental Hospital in his chilling thriller, 'The Madman's Tale.' Narrator (C-Bird), both witness and schizophrenic whose hold on mental normalcy and self-preservation is tenuous, revisits the nightmare that took place twenty years ago. His narrative rotates between present day in first person and his third person memories. In 1979 a rape/murder inside the asylum brings in prosecuting attorney Lucy Jones (who has three unsolveds with similar profiles) to investigate. Lucy herself is a victim of a similar malicious crime. Her initial act is unorthodox; enlisting two inmates (C-Bird and Peter the Fireman) to aid her as 'they are the only ones I am certain are not guilty.' Creating additional tension is a minimally cooperative and reluctant hospital management. Uncovering the killer hiding inside the institution is a most intriguing premise. There are no rules for pursuing a murderer in a mental institution where 'the mad know the truth and the sane cannot comprehend it.' The serial killer circles around them, committing two additional murders during the investigation. Mr. Katzenbach creates an uneasy atmosphere filled with evil, darkness and an engrossing sense of foreboding. The unfortunate, unlikely heroes are sympathetic characters that you worry and care about. You cannot anticipate what will happen next. This tale will linger in your mind long after the final page. It commands your attention and has a terrific conclusion..