John Katzenbach
John Katzenbach is an American author of psychological thriller novels. He is the author of such novels as In the Heat of Summer, Just Cause and Hart’s War – all of which were made into major motion pictures. Before becoming an author, Katzenbach worked as a court reporter for the Miami Herald and the Miami News. He is the son of former U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach (under Lyndon B. Johnson). John lives in Massachusetts with his wife, journalist Madeleine Blais.

John Katzenbach became a published novelist in 1982 with the novel In the Heat of Summer. The novel was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Below is a list of John Katzenbach’s books in order of when they were first published:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


In the Heat of the Summer(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Traveller(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Day of Reckoning(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Just Cause(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shadow Man(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
State of Mind(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hart's War(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Natural Suspect(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Analyst(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mad Man's Tale(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wrong Man(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What Comes Next(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Traveler(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red 1-2-3(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


First Born: The Death of Arnold Zeleznik, Age Nine(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: In the Heat of the Summer is also known as The Mean Season. Natural Suspect is a collaborative novel that also has contributions by William Bernhardt, Leslie Glass, Gini Hartzmark, John Lescroart, Bonnie MacDougal, Phillip Margolin, Brad Meltzer, Michael Palmer, Lisa Scottoline and Laurence Shames.

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John Katzenbach Synopsis: In Just Cause by John Katzenbach, Matt Cowart doesn’t believe Robert Earl Ferguson is innocent at first. After all, he’s on Death Row. But the more Cowart investigates, the more he isn’t so sure. He begins to think that Ferguson, a black man, has been a victim of racism and the wrong man is set to be executed. The novel was adapted into a film starring Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne.

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