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The Analyst

by John Katzenbach

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Ecxelente obra de suspenso, te atrapa desde la primera página ( )
  georginach | Apr 1, 2014 |
Dr. Frederick Starks, a psychologist, just turned 53, receives a letter on his birthday informing him that he has ruined the life of the letter-writer's mother and that his own life is about to be destroyed. Soon his credit cards and bank accounts disappear, he is accused of the sexual harassment of a patient, and a client commits suicide. He is told that if he does not discover the identity of the letter-writer's mother within two weeks, he must commit suicide or a member of his family will be killed. The only clue he has to the letter-writer is that he calls himself Rumpelstiltskin and a beautiful girl who delivers messages. "R" always seems to be one step ahead of him and Starks is soon baffled and undure what to do next as his life crumbles around him.
Starks decides he has but one course of action: to die. Without giving too much away, Starks fakes his death and assemblies several new identities for himself as he seeks to discover who is behind the plot to destroy him and why. This book is a real page turner, as frustrating as The Castle, until Starks reassembles his life and seeks the answers to his torment.. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Review from September 12, 2002:

Remember that somewhat twisted fairy tale known as Rumpelstiltskin? You know, it starts when a poor miller tells the King that he has a daughter who can turn straw into gold. The greedy King decides to put this to the test and gives the maiden until morning to spin a room full of straw into gold - if she is unable to do so, she will die. Hopeless in her task, the maiden is surprised when a troll-like man enters her tower and offers to help her. ...With a price of course! After she gives the troll all her material possessions, she is forced to offer him her first child once she becomes Queen. Of course, once her son was born, she did not want to give him up. So the troll gave her 3 days to guess his name - if she did this, she would be able to keep her baby. By some stroke of luck, the Queen's messenger came across the troll dancing in front of a bonfire, gloating that his name indeed was Rumpelstiltskin. Thus the Queen was able to keep her baby.

Dr. Frederick Starks' also had to discover the identity of a Rumpelstiltskin, but his path was paved with many more difficulties than was that of the Queen. Frederick Starks ("Ricky"), is a psychoanalyst who is thrust into a nightmarish version of this fairy tale when he receives a letter basically saying that if he doesn't discover the identity of the letter-writer within 15 days, he will have to commit suicide. If he doesn't commit suicide, one of 52 family members whose names are included in the list will be tormented, ruined or killed. Over the course of the next 15 days, Rumplestiltskin proves the seriousness of his threat by systematically ruining Ricky financially and professionally.

Despite the fact the story was probably a bit longer than necessary (overdone description is some parts), this well-crafted and suspenseful story has more twists and turns than one can imagine and the game that Ricky is forced to play is both frustrating and intriguing. Thought provoking social commentary is made throughout the book, touching on topics such as inadequate medical care, homelessness, Internet fraud and false identities. I also appreciated how Mr. Katzenbach referenced other literature, especially the works of Homer as well as greek mythology (not to forget the Brothers Grimm!)

This would translate really well on the big screen, just as Hart's War did! Although I am having a hard time casting Ricky Starks - Bruce Willis and John Travolta crossed my mind but I'm just not sure! Mr. Katzenbach and his producers will have to surprise us! ( )
  KindleKapers | Apr 21, 2011 |
The first third of the book is filled with lively, fast paced prose that matches the complicated, yet disorienting, storyline of a psychotherapist whose life is taken over by forces unknown and beyond this control. The remaining two sections degenerate into gratuitous revenge and voice-over narratives. ( )
  kkkoob | Dec 28, 2008 |
The first third of the book is filled with lively, fast paced prose that matches the complicated, yet disorienting, storyline of a psychotherapist whose life is taken over by forces unknown and beyond this control. The remaining two sections degenerate into gratuitous revenge and voice-over narratives. ( )
  kkkob | Dec 13, 2008 |
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In the year he fully expected to die, he spent the majority of his fifty-third birthday as he did most other days, listening to people complain about their mothers. Thoughtless mothers, cruel mothers, sexually proocative mothers. Dead mothers who remained alive in their children's minds. Living mothers, who their children wanted to kill. ...all of them used the entirety of their hours that day to effuse bitter vitriol about the women who had brought them into this world.
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Once, he reminded himself, I studied hard to learn to save lives. Now I must educate myself on how to take one.
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Penzler Pick, February 2002: This thriller from the author of Hart's War is addictive. Analyst Dr. Frederick Starks has just turned 53 and, on his birthday, receives a letter informing him that he has ruined the letter-writer's life and now his own life is about to be ruined.

Starks must solve a riddle, he is told. He must find out whose life he ruined within two weeks. If he does not, he must kill himself. If he does not kill himself, then those nearest and dearest to him will be killed. The letter is signed, Rumpelstiltskin. At first Starks is dismissive--but he does call relatives to see that they are all right. Not all of them are. In fact Starks is convinced that the letter writer is deadly serious when he discovers how the birthday of his 14-year-old great-niece was ruined. He must now engage in the game or be responsible for the lives of others.

While he works frantically to try and unlock the past and find whose life he could possibly have ruined, Rumpelstiltskin is also busy. Within hours of receiving that first shattering letter, one of Dr. Starks's patients throws himself under a subway train, though Starks knows the patient was not suicidal.

When the police tell him that a couple and a homeless woman saw the man jump, Starks tries to find them. He finds only the homeless woman, who tells him that she was given money by the couple to tell what she witnessed. Starks is certain that Rumpelstiltskin must be one of the couple, but he's wrong. It's even more sinister than that, and when he meets the accomplices, he realizes that his adversary has been planning his revenge for years.

Soon, Starks's life is spiraling downward. There is nothing hidden from Rumpelstiltskin. His credit cards, his bank accounts, his patients, his homes in Manhattan and in Massachusetts, his reputation--nothing and no one is safe as Starks races against time as his world shrinks and his options run out. The clock is ticking as he hunts a ruthless psychopath who always seems to be one step ahead of him. As Starks tries to figure out what to do besides react to his life spinning out of control, he uses his training, his dwindling resources, and every weapon available to him to combat this relentless and deadly foe. --Otto Penzler

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Dr. Frederick Starks, a New York psychoanalyst on the brink of a much-needed vacation, is plunged into a deadly game of revenge where a mysterious tormentor waits in the darkness to destroy him.

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