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The Resource The madman's tale : a novel, John Katzenbach, (electronic resource)

The madman's tale : a novel, John Katzenbach, (electronic resource)

Label
The madman's tale : a novel
Title
The madman's tale
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
John Katzenbach
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It's been twenty years since Western State Hospital was closed down and the last of its inmates reintegrated into society. Francis Petrel was barely out of his teens when his family committed him to the asylum, after his erratic behavior culminated in a terrifying outburst. Now middle-aged, he leads an aimless, solitary life housed in a cheap apartment, periodically tended to by his sisters, and perpetually medicated to quiet the chorus of voices in his head. But a reunion on the grounds of the shuttered institution stirs something deep in Francis's troubled mind: dark memories he thought he had laid to rest, about the grisly events that led to Western State Hospital's demise. It begins in 1979, when twenty-one-year-old Petrel descends into the state-run purgatory of an overcrowded, understaffed Massachusetts mental hospital. Surrounded by inmates roaming the halls like drugged zombies and raving behind locked doors, well-meaning orderlies, jaded nurses, and patronizing doctors, Francis finds friendship with a motley assortment of fellow patients: a would-be Napoleon, a wise ex-firefighter, and a man obsessed with battling imagined devils. But there's nothing imaginary about the young nurse found sexually assaulted and brutally murdered late one night after lights-out. Now, with the past creeping back to haunt his thoughts, and nothing but a pencil and the bare walls of his bleak apartment, Francis surrenders to the overwhelming need to tell the story of those nightmarish days. But because the crime was never solved, it's a story doomed to remain unfinished. Until, like Francis's long-buried recollections, the killer resurfaces ... with a vengeance
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3561.A7778
LC item number
M33 2004eb
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
The madman's tale : a novel, John Katzenbach, (electronic resource)
Link
http://downloadmedia.denverlibrary.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=D09EA8BA-3D36-4E72-A1C0-310E231CFAD0
Instantiates
Publication
Color
multicolored
Contents
pt. 1. The unreliable narrator -- pt. 2. A world of stories
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (438 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780345478474
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn289111038
Label
The madman's tale : a novel, John Katzenbach, (electronic resource)
Link
http://downloadmedia.denverlibrary.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=D09EA8BA-3D36-4E72-A1C0-310E231CFAD0
Publication
Color
multicolored
Contents
pt. 1. The unreliable narrator -- pt. 2. A world of stories
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (438 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780345478474
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn289111038

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