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"Powerful . . . a fiendish story told with Katzenbach's usual skill and professionalism. . . . This is an exceptional novel—and a most troubling one."—Washington Post

"Katzenbach reinvents the formula several times over in this absolutely gripping novel."—Booklist (starred review)

"I raced through this book. . . . I read a ton of novels in this genre and thought I had the ending figured out within the first fourth of the book or so. Wrong. Even if you are a better guesser than I am, you will be entranced with What Comes Next. Don’t miss it."—BookReporter

"Reading What Comes Next is an experience akin to riding the scariest roller coaster ride: You gulp with the rush of both trepidation and excitement—and you sigh with relief when it's over."—New York Journal of Books

"Katzenbach has crafted a suspenseful cat-and-mouse thriller, a perfect literary mash-up of The Truman Show and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Already an international best seller, this will be widely popular with psychological thriller devotees."—Library Journal

About the Author

John Katzenbach has written ten previous novels and one work of non-fiction. Three of his novels have been made into feature films: In the Heat of the Summer (adapted for the screen as The Mean Season), Hart's War starring Bruce Willis, and Just Cause starring Sean Connery. His other books include the New York Times bestseller The Traveler; Day of Reckoning and The Shadow Man. Katzenbach was a criminal court reporter for The Miami Herald and Miami News and a featured writer for the Herald’s Tropic magazine. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1817 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WTG5WE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Wow! John Katzenbach really impressed me with this beautifully constructed thriller. I found it to be imaginative and believable, and stocked with characters the reader ends up truly caring about. Katzenbach weaves in fascinating backgrounds that add depth to the actors as the story plays out, and what a great story it is.
Jennifer, an attractive young teen, is brutally kidnapped just as she has begun a desperate escape from her abusive home. The only witness to the abduction is Professor Adrian Thomas, whose mind is rapidly being destroyed by a rare disease, and he must rise to the challenge if there is to be any hope of saving Jennifer.
These and other compelling characters, and Jennifer's desperate plight, combine to create a complex and well-developed tale that's hard to put down.
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Format: Hardcover
... then this is the book for you.

And more power to you. As for me, I'm giving up on page 194 out of 448, otherwise I'd have to shoot myself.

The main characters:

An aging psychology professor rapidly sinking into terminal dementia who witnesses a kidnapping, then spends endless pages of this book "talking" with his dead relatives as they coach him on what he should do to make the investigation move forward. Gooooood grief...

The cop looking into the victim's disappearance, a single mom with two kids who escaped marriage to an abusive husband and who's so freakin' dense that by this point in the book - almost halfway through - she STILL doesn't believe a kidnapping even took place.

A mixed-gender couple of psycho-sexual deviants who kidnap then murder their victims so they can stage live-cam internet "performances" for other perverts to view on the web for big-buck subscription fees. Every time the book spent time - WAY too much time - on these pervs I felt like I needed to take a shower and disinfect the book.

A "troubled" teen victim who's run away from home a couple of times in the past, and now finds herself prisoner and the "star" of the internet show, though by this point in the book she's still just going over her angst... endlessly.

The victim's cartoonishly disagreeable parents.

Etcetera, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

I've been a fan of Katzenbach's work right from his debut with "In the Heat of the Summer", and I can't believe he wrote such inane and - frankly - disgusting drivel. But I don't see any other names on the book's jacket, so I guess he did.

Do yourself a favor. Avoid this mess like the plague. It's more fun driving in rush hour traffic.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been a big Katzenbach fan since Hart's War but this one is just awful.
Poorly conceived, very unpleasant subject matter, caricatures rather than characters, and downright ridiculous at many points in his narrative, particularly dead advice-giving relatives that pop up just when advice is needed. How contrived and corny.

It's hard to believe that the same author that gave us The Madman's Tale has offered up such drivel this time around.
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Format: Hardcover
I have not yet finished this book, but something is already really bothering me. Why is the investigating cop so ignorant of "Folie a Deux" serial killers? They are well documented--as far back as Leopold and Loeb in the1920s, Ian Brady and Myra Hindly in the '60s and Paul Bernardo and Carla Homolka in the 80s. Yet she stubbornly resists this notion of team killers. Surely a cop should be familiar with dual killers? I do like the book so far, but this seems to me to be a flaw that serves no purpose other than to extend the story. I would love to hear other reader's thoughts about this.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'll concede that What Comes Next probably requires a little more suspension of disbelief than some thrillers. The hero is a professor whose dementia has him seeing the ghosts of his loved ones, all of whom are advising him; meanwhile, he's desperately trying to save a young girl who's been kidnapped by a twisted couple intent on using her in their exclusive web series. Both stories require a little more willingness to go along without questioning as much, and once you add in a sex offender who serves as Virgil for the professor's Dante as he journeys through the nightmarish dark corridors of the Internet, I can completely understand why some people find the whole book a little absurd. But for me, none of that takes into account the craft of John Katzenbach, a crime writer whose work I really love (and, incidentally, who's gone far too long without publishing a book). And what Katzenbach brings to the table - apart from his knack for pacing and tightening the psychological screws - is absolute commitment to his story. Even when the story could veer off into silliness, Katzenbach makes it work by giving every story its due weight; the ghosts become haunting and devastating emotional reminders of the professor's life, or the web series pushes further and further into nightmarish and unsettling territory, or the Internet searching turns up the most unsettling aspects of humanity - whatever the storyline, Katzenbach makes it work by creating stakes that matter, psychological hooks that hang in your mind, emotional consequences that resonate, and characters that we're invested in. And make no mistake about it - What Comes Next is an absolutely gripping read, one that moves like a rocket and ratchets the tension to nearly unbearable levels. And if it sounds a bit silly on paper, that's as may be...but if you can suspend your disbelief a little and just commit to it, you're going to find that it's an absolutely fantastic thriller.
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