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The Dead Student

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A master of the psychological thriller, bestselling author John Katzenbach is an unrivaled investigator of that most primal human motive—revenge. A tense, penetrating novel, The Dead Student follows a young man set on avenging his uncle, no matter the consequences.

Timothy Warner, a PhD student who goes by the nickname “Moth,” wakes up on his ninety-ninth day of sobriety with an intense craving for drink. He asks his uncle Ed, a former alcoholic and now successful psychiatrist, to meet him at an AA meeting later that day. When Ed doesn't show up, Moth bikes to his office and discovers a grisly scene—his uncle lying in a pool of blood, shot through the temple. The police pronounce the death a suicide, but Moth refuses to believe that his uncle would take his own life. Devastated and confused, he calls on the only person he thinks he can trust: Andrea Martine, an ex-girlfriend he has not spoken to in years.

Each battling their inner demons, Moth and Andy travel into dark, unfamiliar territory, intent on finding out the truth about Ed’s death and circling ever closer to a devious mind that will flinch at nothing to achieve his own goal of revenge.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 03, 2015 – 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.

Customer Reviews


Don't let the mundane title stop you from reading this book - like I almost did. It's an unusual story, combining psychiatric protocols and the bonding among members in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with the determination of a young college student ("Moth") to prove that his uncle was murdered, in opposition to the police conclusion that he committed suicide. You find out before Moth does, that he will be facing a truly brilliant sociopath who has carried out his revenge killings with years of planning and precision, and Moth's seeking the answer to his uncle's death will place him and those he cares about in danger beyond their comprehension. The moral dilemmas swirling around all the characters add to the tension that hardly relents for a moment, almost to the last page. This is the first book I've read by John Katzenbach, and I'm hoping that it will be as impossible to put down as this one.

The Dead Student
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  • $15.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Oct 06, 2015
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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