The Madman's Tale

The Madman's Tale

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Twenty years after his confinement in Western State Hospital, ex-patient Francis Petrel recalls the brutal sex murder that led to the closing of the asylum. As he writes the story of the unsolved crime in pencil on the bare walls of his apartment, the killer resurfaces.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345464811
0345464818
Characteristics: 438 p.

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Kolly
Jun 25, 2013

This book is extremely well-written, with sentences that make you do a double-take because of the originality of the language and the point of view.
The plot, however, needs some editing help. I love to dig into a good read, irrespective of length, but in this case, about 75 pages less would make it more suspenseful. The last 150 pages really drag.
Would I read it despite these reservations? Absolutely YES.

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B_Mammen
May 29, 2010

I found this a very slow read. Very revealing insite into the workings of a mental institution.

I will probably try another book by this author, before making a decision on whether or not I like his work.

Did not finish this one.

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