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 seven previous novels: the Edgar Award-nominated In the Heat of the Summer, which was adapted for the screen as The Mean Season; the New York Times bestseller The Traveler; Day of Reckoning; Just Cause, which was also made into a movie; The Shadow Man (another Edgar nominee); State of Mind, and Hart s War. Mr. 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. From the Hardcover edition."