“A powerful, obsessive novel of murder and madness.” The New York Times
The Mysterious Press
978-0-8021-2263-6 • $16.00 • Paperback • Dec. 2013
Reissuing in paperback and eBook, this 1987 classic from John Katzenbach reaffirmed his status as one of the best new thriller writers on the scene. Miami detective Mercedes Barren, recovering from a traumatic shooting, has transferred to the relative quiet of the forensics department to get her life back on track. Yet this peace is put on hold when she gets a wrenching phone call: Her niece has been brutally murdered. Soon she uncovers the shocking truth: The true killer is engaging in copycat murders across the countrywhile forcing a young student to document every horrific crime. The woman, Boswell, is his stenographer, capturing what the cameras don’t in words the killer forces her to write. And if she drops her pen or fails to comply, she’ll end up being his next subject.
As her already fragile life begins to fall to pieces, Mercedes makes it her mission to track down this cold-blooded killer before he can claim another victimeven if it means enlisting the help of his brother, a psychiatrist specializing in sex offenders. But can they catch him before his camera flashes next and snuffs out another life? Unbearably suspenseful, with believable characters and dialogue second to none, The Traveler is pure Katzenbach.