The Dead Student

John Katzenbach (Author)


Timothy Warner, a PhD student who goes by the nickname "Moth," wakes up on his ninety-ninth day of sobriety with an intense craving for a drink. He immediately calls his uncle Ed, a former alcoholic and now successful psychiatrist who has become Moth's sponsor and father figure. Ed promises to meet him at an AA meeting later that day but never shows up. Knowing that his uncle is not the unreliable type, Moth bikes to his office and discovers a grisly scene--his uncle lying in a pool of blood, shot through the temple. Deeply shaken, Moth calls 911; the police pronounce the death a suicide. Two words are scrawled across Ed's prescription pad: "My fault." But Moth refuses to believe that his uncle would take his own life. Devastated and confused, he calls on the only person he thinks he can trust: Andrea Martine, an ex-girlfriend he has not spoken to in four years who is struggling through her own trauma.

Each battling their inner demons, Moth and Andy travel into dark, unfamiliar territory, intent on finding out the truth about Ed's death and circling ever closer to a devious mind that will flinch at nothing to achieve his own deadly goal. The Dead Student is a tense, penetrating novel from an unrivaled investigator of that most primal human motive--revenge.

Product Details

$16.00  $14.72
Mysterious Press
Publish Date
November 15, 2016
5.4 X 1.2 X 8.2 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

John Katzenbach has written fifteen novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Traveler, What Comes Next, and Red 1-2-3. Katzenbach was a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News. He lives in western Massachusetts.


Praise for The Dead Student

"Sobriety can be a hard-won battle, victories coming one day at a time. And that war can be lost so quickly, as John Katzenbach deftly explores in his 14th thriller . . . Katzenbach ratchets up his trademark intensity in The Dead Student, a breathless plot with plenty of twists that are grounded in reality . . . A clever plot and well-sculpted characters."--Oline Cogdill, Sun Sentinel

"Katzenbach always surprises and never disappoints . . . The Dead Student . . . demonstrates why he has a place on many 'must-read author' lists as he sets up a chilling tale of long-simmering revenge . . . The climax of the book explodes in a series of plans that go well and otherwise . . . a great ending that sounds the subtle ring of truth . . . Katzenbach's plot-driven narrative is such that you will want to read The Dead Student in one sitting."--Bookreporter

"Another one of those darned crime novels that you just can't put down . . . A twisted, compelling tale of death and deceit . . . Violence abounds as Katzenbach delivers tense suspense in a convoluted tale with a conclusion that's impossible to predict."--Lansing State Journal (Michigan)

"Boasting one of the freshest and most unlikely duos to appear in crime fiction in some time, the latest thriller by Katzenbach is one of his most enjoyable."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] clever cat-and-mouse thriller."--Publishers Weekly

"A first-class thriller . . . Katzenbach delivers an intricately woven plot with sensitively drawn characters . . . Gripping."--Washington Times

"Bestselling author John Katzenbach knows how to get into people's heads, whether it's in the psyche of his characters, or the minds of his readers. His newest novel, The Dead Student, is a perfect example . . . Katzenbach expertly ramps up the tension by weaving in the twisted rationale of the real culprit . . . An intriguing tapestry of psychological cat-and-mouse that readers won't be able to put down."--Killer Nashville

"Katzenbach proves he is a genius at handling complex dark plots and characters, and masterfully narrates the most terrifying recesses of the mind. You will read The Dead Student in one sitting."--ABC Nacional (Madrid)

Praise for John Katzenbach:

"Powerful . . . a fiendish story told with Katzenbach's usual skill and professionalism. . . . This is an exceptional novel--and a most troubling one."--Washington Post, on What Comes Next

"No one portrays the mind of a sociopathic killer better than John Katzenbach."--William Bayer, Edgar Award-winning author of Peregrine and Switch, on Red 1-2-3