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Kill Me if You Can
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Kill Me If You Can is James Patterson's latest stand-alone novel where a struggling artist strikes it lucky when he finds a bag full of diamonds during an assassination in Grand Central Station. His luck is not completely on his side though as on his tail to get the diamonds back is the Russian Mafia and some of the World's most deadliest assassins.

The story is a little over the top (which Patterson book isn't?!) but is definitely one of his best novels that he has "written" in a while. The action is extremely fast-paced, the characters are all well written and the twists came out of nowhere on quite a few occasions and had me surprised. Some of the action is quite violent and reminded me of some of his earlier works.

I actually think that this book would make an excellent film adaptation, so hope this will crop up one day, but in the meantime, I highly recommend this book as it is an exciting, quick read that I guarantee you'll enjoy.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2011
KILL ME IF YOU CAN combines the usual winning formula of action, suspense and glamorous international locations predominant in Patterson's novels but with the more off-beat influence of Karp. During an attack on Grand Central Station on the bread-line artist, and unlikely hero, Matt Bannon stumbles across a bag of diamonds and decides to risk taking them. A cat and mouse game ensues as Matt tries to off-load the diamonds and avoid the assassin who has been sent to track him down and retrieve them.

There is a good injection of humour as well as pace and I found myself reading this in less than a day lounging by the pool. Not a cerebral challenge, but there were enough twists and likeable characters to keep me entertained.

Probably more Karp than Patterson but I enjoyed it all the same!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I bought this audio version simply because I'd become fed up of the author's quickfire, one page chapters, unbelievable stories and thought listening to it would be a lot easier.

In fact, it was easier but it was, for me, much more enjoyable than I had convinced myself to imagine it would be.

The storyline has been reviewed many times but I have to confess the right-angled twist halfway through was something of a jolt. I was listening to the discs in the car, telling myself that this audio version is much better than reading the book in one day flat when the twist happened. I didn't exactly swerve off the road line but I did a mental double-take.

It's well read too by people I don't know which, in a way, adds to the storytelling. Matthew Bannon comes across from the start as a sort of nerdy student with an adolescent fixation on a girl but events change the format and certainly bring the book to life.

It's been quite a while for me to give this author five stars (which I hope is not patronizing), not just because of the rapid writing but rather more that his stories were pretty much of a muchness. But this one is good, very good, especially as an audio. I'll certainly buy another in the hope that the next will also bring the characters to life as this one has. Thank you, Mr. Patterson, for making a long journey seemingly last only a couple of hours.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
As unpredictable as ever; one day a poor quality James Patterson book appears on the market, only to be followed days later by something infinitely better! Why can't we have more of the quality of this one? The twists and turns in the plot leave you almost gasping. Without giving anything away, there is one amazing plot twist that I really didn't see coming!

Well worth a read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2011
Patterson and Karp have a winner! The story is sharp, funny in places, has some great character's and a brilliant twist in the middle that I for once never guessed!

This could hereald the start of another set of books, I certainly hope so! If you want a book that will keep you reading into the night, then this is the one for you, obsorb it and love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2011
Loved this, having read all Marshall Karp books before I was fascinated to see what the combination of Patterson & Karp would be and I was not dissappointed.Look forward to the next one.Like the twists and turns along the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 December 2011
Feeling quite disappointed by the last book I had read by this author I was not going to try another, however after reading these reviews I decided to give this one a go, and am very glad I did.
Matthew Bannon is a struggling artist with a lovely girlfriend living in New York. When he is at Grand Central Station on a day when it is under attack he stumbles across a bag of diamonds which for him are life changing, but trigger off a chain of events.
Really enjoyed this novel, kept me hooked and had a good twist to it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2012
I JUST LOVE READING CRIME BOOKS i ALWAYS READ ON KINDLE. JAMES PATTERSON IS THE BEST CRIME STORY TELLER THAT I HAVE READ. KILL ME IF YOU CAN IS A PAGE TURNING, EXCITNG BOOK YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO PUT IT DOWN. GO ON TREAT YOU SELF !!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2013
Wasted half an hour reading the first 30 pages - it only took that long because I was laughing so hard! A Russian called 'Walter Zelvas' (as un-Russian a name as you will ever see) , variously described as 'Comrade' , 'meaty' , a dumb, Neanderthal, Russian Bear killer with a 'cinder-block fist' who emits a 'bovine scream' (what does a cow screaming sound like?). He does however have an accent our hero can clearly distinguish as Russian on the basis of three words uttered as he dies. A hero who studies Fine Arts after four years in the US Marines ( including 3 tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, so not much time for training then !!) , dates a gorgeous, 25-year old Professor of Fine Art who volunteers to open the eyes of inner city kids to the wonders of art, is loved by the kids as is said hero who wows them by telling them how art is 'pretty cool'. There were some cliched bad cops in there somewhere too, and a beautiful Russian mafia moll called, guess ... Natalia, and lots of bloodred walls, exploding bullets (like they implode sometimes) and requisite gore. Then it became a real page turner--well, cover turner. I shut it and decided to do something more interesting.
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