His new novel is Red 1-2-3.
Recently I asked Katzenbach about what he was reading. His reply:
Recently I have been ensconced in student papers. I teach what I consider a boutique undergraduate course at the University of Massachusetts called: Journalists in Film. My modest qualifications for this position are: I was once a journalist; my books have been filmed, including one about a journalist and a killer. The curious thing about student papers is that some of the "Utes" (to quote both Joe Pesci and the late, great Fred Gwynne from My Cousin Vinny) don’t realize how much skill and talent they actually possess. Anyway, the final assignment was to correlate All The President’s Men to Mark Slouka’s wonderful and profound essay "Arrow and Wound." For students accustomed to tweeting and Googling, the movie is a revelation, and the essay provocative.Visit John Katzenbach's website and Facebook page.
All that said, the two novels I have recently found astonishingly insightful are Anita Shreve’s Stella Bain which is incredibly sophisticated, almost poetic, about injury, trauma and the infancy of psychoanalytic inquiry, and William Bayer’s Hidden in the Weave, which ostensibly is about a prep school death, but is actually about how we develop as artists, and how we can be trapped by emotions – all in the guise of a thriller. Two books I recommend highly. Both of them made me jealous, wishing that I’d written each. They are wonderfully constructed and passionately thoughtful.
My Book, The Movie: Red 1-2-3.