Red 1-2-3

Red 1-2-3

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by John Katzenbach
     
 

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Three women. They have nothing in common. They are different ages, come from different background, and lead drastically different lives. The only thing that binds them together is their red hair—and that each of them has been targeted for murder.

When each 'Red' receives a chilling letter in the mail from a killer known only as the Wolf, their lives are

Overview

Three women. They have nothing in common. They are different ages, come from different background, and lead drastically different lives. The only thing that binds them together is their red hair—and that each of them has been targeted for murder.

When each 'Red' receives a chilling letter in the mail from a killer known only as the Wolf, their lives are upended as they spend every waking moment in the fear that their lives could be snuffed out at any moment. The Wolf is stalking them, biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to complete his master plan. Yet the one thing this cunning and devious killer didn't plan for is the Reds discovering each other.

The three women, using clues left by the Wolf, manage to band together in the hopes of protecting one another from this deadly predator. With law enforcement turning their backs on the Reds, their only hope for survival is to turn the tables, for the prey to become the predators. In a riveting game of cat-and-mouse, the Reds must track down the Wolf himself--before he silences each of them forever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
A frustrated, aging novelist plots to finally make his mark by meticulously planning three murders, to be subsequently linked in a sensational tell-all, in this twisted riff on Red Riding Hood from bestseller Katzenbach (What Comes Next). Targeting a diverse trio of titian-haired women within convenient stalking distance of his Massachusetts home, the self-styled Big Bad Wolf sets his sadistic scheme in motion with death threats to his “Reds”: stressed internist Karen Jayson; depressed widow Sarah Locksley; and defiant prep-school student Jordan Ellis. He proceeds to manipulate his panicking quarry, as well as his clueless wife, describing his activities with almost sensuous pleasure in his manuscript. But then the Reds manage to contact one another, and the game changes as they battle ingeniously to turn the tables. Katzenbach creates a convincing triad of sympathetic women who grow through their harrowing trials, but whether the payoff is enough to justify spending significant time with the Wolf remains a question of personal preference. Agent: Moses Cardona, John Hawkins and Associates. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“A page-turner from the get-go and must reading for thriller fans.”
Booklist [HC starred review]

“Smartly plotted thriller. . . . Postel has a polished melodic vocal quality that is easy to listen to.”
Publishers Weekly

Booklist
“A page-turner from the get-go and must reading for thriller fans.”
Booklist [HC starred review]

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-07
A disturbed author and devotee of crime fiction who views writing and killing as parts of the same intimate process targets three redheaded women in what he considers the grandest homicidal scheme ever. It has been 15 years since the Big Bad Wolf, as he calls himself, published a novel or killed anyone to give himself source material. After a series of well-received books, he suffered a decline in sales and attention. Attempting a comeback in his New England town, he plans on killing in quick succession a middle-aged internist, Karen, who practices stand-up comedy at night (Red 1); a young teacher, Sarah (Red 2), who has turned to vodka and barbiturates to get over the deaths of her husband and child in an accident; and a troubled high school basketball player, Jordan (Red 3), angry over her parents' divorce. What BBW doesn't envision is that after delivering a letter to each of these targets informing them they have been "selected" for death, they will cope with their fears, discover each other and attempt to turn the plot against him. When Mrs. Big Bad Wolf, the killer's meek but inquisitive wife, senses something amiss is going on behind his locked office door, BBW has another complication for which he was not prepared. No less methodical than his killer, Katzenbach (What Comes Next, 2012, etc.; three of his previous novels have been made into films) lays out the book's premise with efficiency. The bonding of the damsels in distress lends a strong human element to the proceedings and a touch of dark humor. Ultimately, the novel fails to deliver more than a few medium chills, and the climax is a letdown. But the suggestion there may be a sequel is as intriguing as it is welcome. "Little Red Riding Hood" has been taken on scarier spins in recent times, but the age-old tale provides a lively premise for this thriller about stalked women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802192844
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
145,794
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

John Katzenbach has written twelve previous novels and one work of non-fiction. Three of his novels have been made into feature films: In the Heat of the Summer (adapted for the screen as The Mean Season), Hart's War starring Bruce Willis, and Just Cause starring Sean Connery. His other books include The New York Times bestseller The Traveler; Day of Reckoning and The Shadow Man. Katzenbach was a criminal court reporter for The Miami Herald and Miami News and a featured writer for the Herald’s Tropic magazine. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed What Comes Next. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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Red 1-2-3 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love to read great edge of your seat books then this one is a must read. I have discovered another great author whose books I can't wait to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book sounded so good. Nothing like an old serial killer. A wife to dumb to know what is going on. The best part is the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was atrocious. I only kept reading because once I start a book always finish it. I can' t repeat verbose enough to describe his lack of skill. He's descrbing how to write a mystery novel while IM praying smeone will teach him how to write one using fewer words. This was painful!
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You wierdos really needa life, get over your cat crap. Leave the book reviews for people who care. LOSERS
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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