cover image The Dead Student

The Dead Student

John Katzenbach. Grove/Atlantic/Mysterious, $26 (432p) ISBN 978-0-8021-2337-4

In this clever cat-and-mouse thriller from bestseller Katzenbach (Red 1-2-3), the mysterious Student #5 has spent decades murdering people he believes got him banned from his chosen studies in abnormal psychology. His latest victim—staged as a suicide—is the uncle of Ph.D. student Timothy “Moth” Warner. An alcoholic, Moth just knows his uncle wouldn’t kill himself. Enlisting the support of his ex-girlfriend Andy Candy and DA Susan Terry—and with his AA group that meets in the church known as Redeemer One acting as casual advisers as the investigation progresses—he begins his quest, which ranges from Massachusetts to Miami and Key West, to learn the truth and catch the mastermind. Slow at first, the book finally picks up momentum when paths cross and Student #5 suddenly realizes he now has a few more names to scratch off his death list. But the super-criminal won’t find the easy marks as easy as they look. [em]Agent: Moses Cardona, John Hawkins & Associates. (Oct.) [/em]