Kill Me If You Can is the 27th stand-alone novel by James Patterson and is co-written with Marshall Karp. The action starts in New York's Grand Central Station when a hired assassin known only as The Ghost takes out a member of the Russian mafia involved in diamond smuggling, Walter Zelvas. The hit doesn't go entirely smoothly, and Zelvas manages to escape to access a locker before he expires. Fine Arts major Matthew Bannon happens upon the dying Zelvas and helps himself to the bag of diamonds in the locker, thinking this will make life with his Art Professor girlfriend, Katherine Sanborne, just about perfect. Of course, the Russians want their diamonds back, so Matthew's romantic weekend in Paris with Katherine soon changes its tenor. Patterson and Karp have cooked up a pretty good plot with quite a twist in the middle and the characters, whilst not overly developed, are believable enough. A few of their actions are uncharacteristic and dumb enough to stretch the reader's imagination a bit far: Marta tells Chukov all the details of Matthew's whereabouts? Matthew tells Katherine their destination aloud in the water taxi? Matthew lets Katherine go home alone when it is obvious she will be a target? Still, there's plenty of action packed into the usual short chapters: crooked cops, lots of sex, a dab of completely unnecessary incest, loads of gunplay, a wheezing villain, a diamond smuggling ring, several assassins all trying to kill each other, quite a bit of weaponry and technology as well as jetsetting from New York to Paris to Venice to Amsterdam and back to New York. The text is sprinkled liberally enough with brand names to have the reader wondering about kickbacks. I mean, seriously: "I grabbed the Rapidograph pen from the table and plunged the steel tip directly into the gel of XX's eye." Oh, yeah, we really needed to know the brand of that pen! But it's a page turner, even if the hero is perhaps a bit too good to be true, and the short chapters make it a quick read.