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*Starred Review* In the familiar cautionary tale about the little girl and the big bad wolf, the child wears a red hood. In Katzenbach’s skillful contemporary version, red hair attracts the predator, who targets not one but three vulnerable females, unknown to one another. Mr. Big Bad Wolf, a meticulous, confident, unprepossessing crime writer (who bases his books on crimes he commits), has been inactive for a number of years, but his new idea—killing all three women on the same day—is simply too thrilling to pass up. He’s convinced that his “project” will regenerate his moribund career and spice up his humdrum home life. After many weeks, he is finally ready to put his plan into action, and he’s virtually salivating at the prospect. Mr. BBW’s work notes clearly reveal his megalomania as well as how he very deliberately chose and stalked his prey. First there’s Karen, a lonely, middle-aged doctor, oldest of the three; then Sarah, a grief-stricken widow who has turned to alcohol and pills; finally, teenage Jordan, smart but directionless, whose parents are too wrapped up in their divorce to care about her. Wolf is convinced his brilliant, scrupulously detailed plan can’t fail. After all, who will miss these damaged women? Unfortunately, there’s something he never considered. It’s called group dynamics. Like Katzenbach’s What Comes Next (2012), this is a page-turner from the get-go and must reading for thriller fans. --Stephanie Zvirin

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“A first-rate thriller.”—Huntington News

"[Katzenbach's] novels are reliably smart and intriguing, featuring characters who are off-kilter in various ways . . . presented in a cinematic narrative that yanks the reader in from the first page. . . . This is indeed an edge-of-your-seat thriller, in many ways one of Katzenbach's best works to date."—Bookreporter

“In the familiar cautionary tale about the little girl and the big bad wolf, the child wears a red hood. In Katzenbach’s skillful contemporary version, red hair attracts the predator, who targets not one but three vulnerable females. . . . This is a page-turner from the get-go and must reading for thriller fans.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Katzenbach creates a convincing triad of sympathetic women who grow through their harrowing trials.”—Publishers Weekly

"No one portrays the mind of a sociopathic killer better than John Katzenbach, who is in superb form with this psychological thriller, a vivid cat-and-mice game in which the mice strive to outwit and outplay the cat."—William Bayer, Edgar Award-winning author of Peregrine and Switch

“[RED 1-2-3] gives us a long look into the mind of a killer. . . . Katzenbach is an excellent writer and adds vivid details to really bring his characters to life.”—Reviewing the Evidence

“Katzenbach has a diabolical talent for working changes on this basic plot. . . . The whole deal gets more delicious when the Big Bad Wolf’s wife enters the picture. Katzenbach keeps on delivering this kind of wily stuff all the way to the book’s remarkably unmessy climax.”—Toronto Star

“John Katzenbach is a master of terror. . . . The novel draws the reader in and moves along quickly, giving the reader reasons to cheer for the women to defeat the killer. . . . Recommended for mystery readers.”—Curled Up With a Good Book
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802122051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802122056
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on January 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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