Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345426277, 512pp.
Publication Date: February 4, 2003
"Happy 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 tormentor's identity. If Starks succeeds, he goes free. If he fails, Rumplestiltskin will destroy, one by one, fifty-two of Dr. Starks loved ones unless the good doctor agrees to kill himself. In a blistering race against time, Starks is at the mercy of a psychopath's devious game of vengeance. He must find a way to stop the madman before he himself is driven mad. . . .
About the Author
JOHN KATZENBACH has written several bestselling novels, including two Edgar Award nominees and three works that have been made into major motion pictures. Katzenbach has been 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.