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Day of Reckoning

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“Chilling. . . . Day of Reckoning is dynamite.”—Chicago Tribune

John Katzenbach’s third novel, now back in print, is the spellbinding story of a family in jeopardy and what happens when that family is pushed to the brink. Megan and Duncan Richards are no longer the radical activists they were in 1968. He’s a banker, and she works in real estate. They have a fine house and three kids they adore. Their youth is safely stashed away until the day Duncan answers his office phone and...

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Overview


“Chilling. . . . Day of Reckoning is dynamite.”—Chicago Tribune

John Katzenbach’s third novel, now back in print, is the spellbinding story of a family in jeopardy and what happens when that family is pushed to the brink. Megan and Duncan Richards are no longer the radical activists they were in 1968. He’s a banker, and she works in real estate. They have a fine house and three kids they adore. Their youth is safely stashed away until the day Duncan answers his office phone and gets the message he’s been dreading from the woman he’s spent two decades trying to forget. She called herself Tanya. In 1968, she was the beautiful, charismatic leader of northern California’s radical Phoenix Brigade. She was the one who had assured Duncan and Megan that no one would be hurt in the robbery she’d so brilliantly orchestrated, but when it turned into a slaughter and nearly everyone involved was captured or killed, she laid the blame on them.

The Richardses escaped. But now, after eighteen years in prison, Tanya herself is free again, poised to avenge her version of what happened on that blood-drenched day so long ago.

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"Superb."—New York Times Book Review

"Brilliant . . . fast-paced . . . sharp. . . . Few writers of crime fiction seem to understand the criminal mind as well as Katzenbach."—People

"Day of Reckoning is dynamite."—Chicago Tribune

"Powerful. . . . Katzenbach knows how to craft a suspense novel."—The Orlando Sentinel

"Gripping."—Washington Post Book World

"Superb. . . . If you love action that's filled with diabolic twists and turns, then reckon with Katzenbach. He won't disappoint."—Detroit Free Press

"[The] suspense is grindingly effective. . . . Day of Reckoning is the stuff of which parents' nightmares—and well-crafted novels—are made."—Atlanta Journal & Constitution

"Engrossing. . . . Demonstrates Katzenbach's considerable skill at crafting a fast-paced novel with suspense that quickens the reader's heartbeat and his page-turning fingers."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Tightly plotted."—Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is the third thriller by Katzenbach, praised for his In the Heat of the Summer and The Traveler , as well as a true-crime story, First Born . Harking back to 1968, the author describes an attempted bank robbery in California that costs the lives of five people and sends the gang leader, Olivia Barrow ``Tanya'' to prison. Two of her team, Megan and Duncan Richards, get clean away, however, and settle down in New England to live as ``establishment'' parents with their three children. When Tanya's sentence is completed 18 years later, she and two armed men arrive in the Richardses' town and kidnap their son Tommy and his grandfather. Cursing Megan and Duncan for deserting their comrades, Tanya reminds them that they will be charged in a capital crime if they appeal to the police. Instead, the parents and their teenaged daughters take the offensive; horror results. The novel serves as a cautionary tale, obviously based on the real SLA/Hearst case. But readers may wish for characters to care about, rather than symbols of mills grinding slowly and exceeding fine. Mar.
Library Journal
This is the 1980s, but the 1960s are not forgotten--as Megan and Duncan Richards discover. In 1968, they had joined the Phoenix Brigade in California in order to force change. Led by a manipulative woman known as Tanya, the radical action group attempted a bank robbery. When others in the group shot the security guards, the Richards safely fled to Massachusetts. Tanya, captured and imprisoned, used the years to perfect her plot for revenge on the ``deserters.'' Eighteen years later, the Richards's comfortable, upper-middle-class life explodes when Tanya kidnaps their young son and Megan's father. This gripping story is tautly plotted, and the characterizations are concisely drawn. The basis for the violent denouement is clearly established, but the possible aftershocks of the family's actions are as chilling and disturbing as any of the previous events.-- V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802123008
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 804,833
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


John Katzenbach is the internationally bestselling author of thirteen novels, including What Comes Next, The Shadow Man, and the New York Times bestseller The Traveler. Three of his novels were made into films, including Hart’s War starring Bruce Willis and Just Cause starring Sean Connery. His most recent novel is Red 1-2-3. Katzenbach was a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News. He now lives in western Massachusetts.
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