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Kill Me If You Can Hardcover – August 29, 2011


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About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (August 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316097543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316097543
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I read this book in one day, couldn't put it down.
Janelle Bridges
Another good book by Patterson, Starts out relatively fast and keeps that pace, with a few twists and turns to keep you guessing.
Charles Vigil
Patterson just comes up with ideas and someone else writes the book?
Kristine Brancolini

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85 of 95 people found the following review helpful By John on September 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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's writing which makes for a thrilling combination. 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 and wanting to read on to see how things turn out for Matt.

Probably more Karp than Patterson, but I enjoyed it all the same, and look forward to what is undoubtedly the start of a great new series!
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Alan Weiss on October 10, 2011
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The worst Patterson book in memory of the 25 or so I've read. The characters are paper thin. There are bodies left all over the place which no one else seems to notice or take interest in. The protagonist is beaten to a pulp but comes up swinging while uttering cute observations. All the women are drop-dead beautiful. All the bad guys are sadistic. Good fiction has to be plausible, and this is fragile, thin, and preposterous. It's all formula, no content. If this were the first Patterson book you picked up, I doubt you'd buy another. This one was mailed in.
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41 of 53 people found the following review helpful By C.Wallace VINE VOICE on August 30, 2011
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It's the story of a young ex-Marine, Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran, who finds a bag full of diamonds, worth several million dollars. He decides to keep the treasure, and a blood-soaked series of events ensues, for the Russian mob has a strong "proprietary" interest in those diamonds.

A pivotal event in this novel reminded me of a device that I have seen used in movies. One of the actors, at a critical juncture, turns to the viewers and points something out or offers some explanation. It just seems awkward to me, and I've never seen it done well. Similarly, a character in this book, at about the half-way point, explains that readers have been purposely misled about an important plot element! So a stunning shift in the story made no sense until we had the "inside" info. I found it all rather confusing and felt a little editing could have gone a long way.

Too much time is spent on international tourist hot spots in Paris, Venice, Amsterdam, and Nassau. These travelogues do not really keep the story moving. Also, some of the villains are almost comically over the top and stretch credulity.

However, author James Patterson (writing here with Marshall Karp) is a master craftsman of the page-turner. I have read and reviewed fourteen of his works for this site and (almost) never had trouble finishing them, even those I did not rate highly. It seems to me that Patterson's fail-safe method is to juggle three or more intriguing elements at the same time. At least one of them will keep most readers engaged.

The book weaves two taboos into the plot. A college professor has an affair with one of her students. The other taboo is far more scandalous. Many readers will find this part of the book revolting, although the authors handle it in an almost matter-of-fact manner.

There's nothing profound here. But there are stretches of high excitement, and I did keep wondering what would happen to those diamonds and the man who took them.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Clark on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have learned over the years to suspend belief when it comes to reading James Patterson's books. This book was just too much. Absurdity after absurdity with tons of "convenient" events to keep the plot moving. Sure, if you don't worry about that kind of stuff then this is the book for you. For me, this one was just too over the top.

Just a fair warning, this book has incest. Not only does it have incest, but extremely descriptive incest. I don't offend easily, but this was just too much. I wish I would have just stopped the book when the incest first appeared. I was hoping it was a one-time incident but I was wrong.

Overall, this book was just far too unbelievable for me. I wish James Patterson would just stick to writing books on his own like he used to.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on September 27, 2011
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This book was so bad. I forced myself to finish reading it since it was rather costly. There was really no substance to the story and it kept jumping around.Very boring waste of time read.
I have read most of Pattersons books and this was the worst of them.I will not be buying anymore of this author.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CC on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My disappointment with James Patterson is overwhelming. There's a few hours of my life that I'll never get back. I keep trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. No more. I'm moving on. There is nothing good about this book.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Librarian on October 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I miss the days when James Patterson wrote his books, instead of just an outline. I am about 100 pages into this book and I don't want to continue. Incest is a taboo topic, and not one that should be a subplot for a fiction novel. And it's not just mentioned in passing. It's descriptive. As are other sexual scenarios. I'm giving this one star (only because the system made me), otherwise I would give it no stars - and I will be returning it to the library tomorrow.
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