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The Analyst Mass Market Paperback – February 4, 2003
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"'Tautly paced with impeccable timing...vivid prose and expert plotting'" * Washington Post * "'This masterfully told thriller is impossible to put down and equally impossible to forget'" * Library Journal * "'A thriller that starts at a gallop and then gets even faster...even if you're not a regular thriller reader, give The Analyst a try. Be warned however, it is seriously addictive stuff'" * Sunday Express * "'An unconventional and beautifully constructed thriller that constantly engages and surprises'" * Irish Independent * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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fifty third birthday, Doctor. Welcome to the first day of your death. Dr. Frederick Starks, a New York psychoanalyst, has just received a mysterious, threatening letter. Now he finds himself in the middle of a horrific game designed by a man who calls himself Rumplestiltskin. The rules: in two weeks, Starks must guess his tormentors identity. If Starks succeeds, he goes free. If he fails, Rumplestiltskin will destroy, one by one, fifty-two of Dr. Starks loved onesunless the good doctor agrees to kill himself. In a blistering race against time, Starks is at the mercy of a psychopaths devious game of vengeance. He must find a way to stop the madmanbefore he himself is driven mad. . . .
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In the meantime, Rumplestiltskin wreaks havoc on Stark's life, destroying his credit, cancelling bank accounts, even murdering ex-patients. To his credit, author John Katzenbach keeps the clues coming while upping the tension at the same time.
I felt like Dr. Stark's life had become something out of the Twilight Zone, one which no longer contained the normal perameters which many of us take for granted. His home is no longer a haven (Rumplestiltskin invades it at will), his computer and tax records are stoken, even his accounts are up for grabs. All this, of course, takes a toll and Dr. Stark begins to feel the stress. Can Dr. Stark find the madman behind all this before he himself unravels? I couldn't stop reading till I found out.
The Analyst does have action and suspense - lots of it - but what sets it apart is the character development.
At the beginning of the book, we meet Dr. Frederick Stark, a Freudian psychoanalyst with a private practice in Manhattan, catering to the neuroses of the rich, famous and miserable. Dr. Starck is isolated socially and professionally - he has no friemds, is estranged from his relatives, barely knows his professional colleagues - so when the threat arrives, he has no-one to turn to. As the clock ticks towards his stalker's deadline and his reactions against the threat are ineffectual, he realizes there is only one way to save his life... and that is to become a completely different person...
Loved it, and stayed up way past midnight to finish it.
It's the story of an analyst who couldn't help a patient and unfortunately committed suicide. The son is looking for revenge but by stalking and mentally torturing him.
He has to take the hard decision of changing his life and who he is to get off the radar and follow this man.
I wont tell you more because I will be ruining the book for you!
But believe me ... you won't put it down!
Once you start to read the book, you'll don't want to stop 'till you finish, keep that for sure. Even if you're (or you think you are) so perceptive and the history seems to end in a way you are sure to, the intriguing events - one after another - sometimes make you unsure of what will happen.
I can tell a lot about how much I enjoy "J.K." (no!, not Rowling!!!, this is John Katzenbach!!) histories, as a matter of fact he's my inspiration to further read psychological suspense histories. I'm in my way to read "Madman's Tale" and "The wrong man".