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Madman's Tale
Madman's Tale
Author: John Katzenbach
ISBN-13: 9780593053140
ISBN-10: 0593053141
Publication Date: 1/1/2004
Pages: 369

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Publisher: Ballantine Publishing Group
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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horizontallies avatar reviewed Madman's Tale on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
What a fabulous thriller! it had me from beginning to end, i couldn't put it down. The character development is great. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes this genre.
spartacusaby avatar reviewed Madman's Tale on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Many books are hyped as something entirely new in the mystery genre; this book is exactly that.

Set in a mental hospital in the 1970's, the primary plot line concerns the murder of a young nurse-trainee, and the repercussions of that time on one of the patients many years later. Seeing the events through the eyes of a schizophrenic is both eerie and compelling. The portrayal of life for patients in a mental hospital in that time period is painfully accurate and disturbing, their treatment basically a program of constantly adjusted medication cocktails and farcical group therapy sessions. The reader grows to know and sincerely care about the characters of several patients; the characters of the doctors are far less sympathetic.

The book succeeds on many levels: as compelling character study, genuinely puzzling mystery, page-turning thriller, and portrayal of fairly recent history. It's also occasionally reminiscent of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," but with less black humor and more edge-of-seat drama. If you're in the mood for a very different puzzler, give this book a try!
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Helpful Score: 1
a crime is revisited through a mentally ill mans memories.
ilovedale3 avatar reviewed Madman's Tale on + 524 more book reviews
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Really good mystery. When a nurse is found murdered in a mental hospital, the patients are the perfect scapegoat. Great characters too!
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent. I worked in a psych center for 10 years and this book nails it.
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Phantene avatar reviewed Madman's Tale on + 72 more book reviews
An enjoyable read full of interesting characters and an intriguing plot.


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