Though kind of frightening in content, widowed New
York psychotherapist Dr. Frederick "Ricky" Starks does not
think anything will happen when he receives the threatening
anonymous letter of revenge for medical neglect. That is
until Rumplestiltskin takes his first victim.
Rumplestiltskin simply gives Ricky an ultimatum. Over the
next two weeks till his fifty-third birthday Ricky can try
and guess the identity of the avenging angel while one by
one fifty-two people close to the doctor will be destroyed
or Ricky can end the game with a suicide.
Because he feels in control and to add to his
amusement, Rumplestiltskin provides clues to his identity
and answers yes or no questions about himself. Ricky tries
to solve the case, but his dilemma turns worse because
Rumpelstiltskin has taken control of his finances and
insured a sexual abuse charge is filed. Then there is his
adversary's employees, Merlin the lawyer and Virgil the
female guide to Hell to attack Ricky's mental stability.
Faced with the impossible, Ricky flees to gather himself
together for a final effort to turn the tables on his
deadly foe or die trying.
Though needing a stretch of acceptance with how the
characters play out their roles, readers will be hooked
from the bottom of page six when Ricky opens the letter.
Fans will enjoy observing the triad destroy Ricky's
ordinary life and how he fights back to regain some balance
of a normal life. THE ANALYST is simply a fun thriller
that though predictable demonstrates John Katzenbach's
ability to entertain his audience.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 31, 2001