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Killer Move [Hardcover]

Michael Marshall
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7 July 2011

Bill Moore is a man with a plan. He's got a lucrative job selling condos in the Florida keys, a great marriage, and a beautiful house. He had a five year plan for world domination, too, but it's already creeping into year six... so now he's decided to mix it up - just a little.

This means getting in tight with the people in power, the players who run the area like their personal kingdom. It's all going to plan until the day Bill gets to work to find a card left on his desk. It's black on both sides, just one word printed in white: MODIFIED.

From that moment, Bill's life begins to change. At first barely noticeably, then in more and more disturbing ways. Bill soon finds out, in the most terrifying fashion, that he has become the subject of a dark and deadly game... and that he has no choice but to fight back.

Packed with relentless twists and sinister thrills, KILLER MOVE is the latest psychological thriller from bestselling, award-winning author of BAD THINGS and THE STRAW MEN.


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First ediiton edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409133249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409133247
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing is crisp and suspenseful, and the dialogue is as sharp as ever. (John O'Connell GUARDIAN)

He [Marshall] takes a standard revenge thriller and whip-cracks it into something more satirical... this expertly constructed thriller exploits modern anxieties. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Marshall's thriller is the perfect summer read: a high concept page-turner that is always rooted in character and the everyday... Killer Move is a forcefull, well-crafted nightmare for the modern age. (MYSTERY SCENE)

A subtle and unnerving story of the little things that can tip the balance of one's life and send it spiraling into chaos. (PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY)

'Marshall ratchets up the stakes of his deftly written suspense novel by injecting telling if somewhat paranoid commentary on how regular people can be manipulated by those with the means and ways.' (BOOKLIST)

'A mind-blowing combination of crime and horror, made all the more terrifying because the character doesn't know why it's all happening. Compelling and unnerving, it will make readers look a lot more closely at the people around them, and the startling climax will make them wonder if anyone really knows anyone.' (ROMANTIC TIMES)

It's juicy reading, and the gasp-inducing ending will leave you wishing for more. (CASCADIA WEEKLY)

Michael Marshall...has the rare ability as an author to accurately depict the world we live in, horrifying though it may be, in vivid detail. KILLER MOVE offers a franctically paced read, building up to a crescendo...another breathless modern-day thriller. (Marty Mulrooney ALTERNATIVE MAGAZINE)

Great plot, good strong characters, creatively and well written. (CRIMESQUAD.COM)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent thriller 19 Jun 2011
By Zola fan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I really enjoyed this book, it deviates from the usual kind of crime thriller scenario because the main 'victim' is not a particularly appealing character. Estate agent Bill Moore should be happy, he has more than most with his luxurious lifestyle but still chases the pinnacle of his dreams. Moore thinks that the only way he can achieve the goals he set himself, the last cherry on the cake, he needs to meet 'the right people'. It all begins with a mysterious card on his desk which states 'Modified'. From here on in the nightmare begins; strange things begin to happen, people that Moore knows go missing, false accusations abound and deep secrets and lies are exposed.

It's an exciting thriller that had me trying to read faster in order to uncover what/who is behind all the chaos and terror - it does have quite a bit of violence in the book but personally, I thought this added to the mayhem. It's a rare author that elicits sympathy from the reader for a pretty hard-nosed, unlikable character like Bill Moore but I did feel for him. I won't spoil the ending, suffice to say I usually guess it miles off but I didn't see this one coming.

I have never read Michael Marshall before but based on this book I will read some of his others and I recommend this one to anyone who likes a fast-paced, intelligent thriller who doesn't mind some violence on paper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is my first Michael Marshall book so I have no comparison to his other works.
I found this an engaging read without being rivetting.
The idea was interesting, although a bit derivative of other books out there, but nonetheless it didn't detract from the storyline.
Bill Moore is an interesting character although I do agree with some reviewers in that although I should have felt more for him, given what was going on in his life, there was something about his character that grated.
However what he was put through was both fascinating and horrifying and the author did a great job in building up the suspense.
Some aspects of the plot was a bit contrived and without spoiling things for others Michael Marshall could have added a bit more grist to the mill with one or two characters.
In summary an enjoyable, if not mind blowing, read and an author I will look out for again.

PS As someone pointed out Bill Moore is not the best name if you're in Real Estate!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced expertly crafted thriller 12 Jun 2011
By Champollion VINE VOICE
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There are crime novels, that you can spot the killer, and see the ending from a million miles away. "Killer Move," definitely does not fall into that category, and Michael Marshall's well crafted thriller, will keep you guessing, till the last page.

Meet Bill Moore, an ambitious estate agent, whose five year plan for himself envisages adding wealth and status to his already perfect marriage and lovely home. He sells condos for a living in an up-market part of the west coast of Florida. Life for him is about to take an unexpected turn and things start to go wrong, badly wrong. Someone is messing up his life and he tries to catch up with events, things get a whole lot worse.

Meet John Hunter a man on a mission. Only this mission is not about peace and love. He has just been released from prison after serving sixteen years for a murder he did not commit. He is intent on revenge, cold or otherwise, and will go to any lengths to achieve it.

So how those two people, cross each others paths and with what results, is revealed as the plot unwinds and it reaches a climax.

In amongst it all there are bloody victims along the way as the story veers from one side to another.

It is a fast paced thriller with a credible twisting story-line, believable characters, and a built in life warning to remind you that when you think your life is going well, there could be a spectacular fall, waiting round the corner for you.

As a newcomer to the books of Michael Marshall, I enjoyed this satisfying thriller and liked the setting of Sarasota and Longboat Key, which I know well. Walking around St Armands Circle will never be the same!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 22 Nov 2013
By sm1975
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read all Michael Marshall books and this one is no different from the rest. An enjoyable read which brings in some elements of previous novels. One of my go-to authors for a good crime thriller
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More twists than a curlywurly. 16 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting start, followed by far too many twists and characters and a slightly poor ending. Wouldn't recommend. Only read as part of an online book club.
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By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I usually enjoy reading Michael Marshall but I didn't find Killer Move anywhere near as tense and intriguing as his usual brand. I think there's too much going on and at times the plot becomes glib, glossy, totally unbelievable and not particularly original.

Man with too much, estate agent Bill Moore, thinks he deserves more and pushes himself into involvement with a group of folk with nothing much else to do but make other people's lives totally unpleasant. They 'modify' intended victims through a series of random acts such as erasing their identity and setting them up to take the blame for crimes they haven't committed. Their imagination is endless, their financial resources overwhelming but their motive (I'm not telling you what it is - read the book!) is completely ridiculous. The term 'get a life' springs to mind. Once the 'modifiers' were revealed I was totally unconvinced and had to suspend way too much belief.

What Marshall has got right, and he's always good at this, is the nightmare quality and pace. He runs subplots directly at you and you're never sure where you're going to be taken next. He's captured that surreal and fast quality in Killer Move but the novel's written in such a short, sharp, choppy fashion the constant movement washes away the tension.

There's significant violence throughout Killer Move, you'd expect there to be in this genre of novel, but; it's gratuitous and written to keep the reader hooked rather than to serve much relevance to the plot.

As I've previously stated, I enjoy this author and so far have read all of his novels. Killer Move is the weakest yet but I'm giving 3* because Bill Moore is a great creation and his well crafted, well rounded character rescues the novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a little too implausible
I have read the other books by the same author and didn't really rate this one. The plot is not constructed with credibility, the baddies are all seeing all knowing and fail only... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pete
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a puzzle
The story meanders a bit too much for me but it does keep reconnecting. To the story line and the ending is ok
Published 3 months ago by kmazollllll
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I've liked MMS since Only Forward and read all his writings. Was wondering how he would handle more mainstream novels. Answer: brilliantly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard Hawkins
3.0 out of 5 stars a slow start but gripping at the end.
I had no idea where this book was heading, very slow to start with and only really got me gripped when I was over 60% through it.
Published 4 months ago by Swells
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read
I didn't like that the book was full of metaphorical analogies that didn't seem to be relevant
I didn't particularly enjoy the ending, Moore should have gained justice,... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can I go to sleep now!?
Absolutely could not put this down. Many unexpected twists with a sprinkling of Gore, it has the makings of Hollywood blockbuster at its heart. Read more
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Published 11 months ago by Keen Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Struggled with the main character in this one
Let me start by saying that I'm a huge fan. I've read all his books and have always sought out any new book or short story as I have always found his work to be of extremely high... Read more
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