John Katzenbach

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John Katzenbach
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Born (1950-06-23) June 23, 1950 (age 65)
Princeton, New Jersey, US
Occupation Writer, screenwriter
Alma mater Sidwell Friends School
Period 1987–present
Genre Suspense
Spouse Madeleine Blais

John Katzenbach (born June 23, 1950) is a United States author of popular fiction. Son of Nicholas Katzenbach, former United States Attorney General, Katzenbach worked as a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News , and a featured writer for the Herald's Tropic magazine. He is married to Madeleine Blais and they live in western Massachusetts.[1]

He left the newspaper industry to write psychological thrillers. His first, 1982's In the Heat of the Summer, was nominated for an Edgar Award and thenbecame the movie The Mean Season, filmed partially in The Herald's newsroom and starring Kurt Russell and Mariel Hemingway.

Two more of his books were made into films in the United States, 1995's Just Cause and 2002's Hart's War. A fourth book, The Wrong Man was recently made (2011) into the French TV film Faux Coupable.




  1. ^ Kelly Scott (February 22, 1985). "'Mean Season' reporter-author is basking and broiling in spotlight". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ Curt Schleier (March 1992). "Bull's Eyes (Book reviews)". Orange Coast Magazine. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 

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