The Madman's Tale

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The Madman's Tale is a novel written by John Katzenbach. It was published and released in 2004.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Francis Petrel, recently released from an asylum faces his own inner demons as he recounts his memories of a murderer in the asylum during his time there. The story tells itself in two parallel parts: one of the stories is during his time in the asylum, all a memory slowly bringing itself back to life; the other story takes place after he is released, and he feels compelled to author a book on the events surrounding that murder. He has no paper, so he writes his story on the wall and is constantly challenged with tedious interruptions. At the same time, he forgoes his medication, and the tension of continuing with his work becomes threatened by his struggle with his own madness.


Washington Post reviewer Patrick Anderson wrote that the novel could be "sometimes over the top" however was "a tour de force, superior storytelling designed to scare your pants off and likely to succeed".[2]

Film adaptation[edit]

The motion picture adaptation of The Madman's Tale was to be filmed between October 26, 2007 and January 8, 2008 at Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown, Connecticut. Due to lead actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers personal issues, production was stopped before filming began.[3]


  1. ^ John Katzenbach (2005). The Madman's Tale. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-345-46482-8. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Patrick. "THE MADMAN'S TALE". Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Bobowick, Kendra (2007-12-13). "Where Is The Movie At Fairfield Hills?". The Newtown Bee. Retrieved 2008-11-09.