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Kill Me If You Can Hardcover – August 29, 2011
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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!
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.
I, for one, am not, and this book is trash.
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.
I have read most of Pattersons books and this was the worst of them.I will not be buying anymore of this author.
Apparently James Patterson used to be able to write mysteries. Those days must be long gone, because this is the worst book I've ever read. I read it because it was selected by my book club, so I thought I would give it a try. And it was a very quick read. I honestly think the book is written on about a 6th grade reading level. The prose is unbelievably dull and trite (Matthew was a Marine so people say "Semper Fi" a lot). The characters are one-dimensional and despicable, boring, or both.
The protagonist, Matthew Bannon is a cheerful hitman. Parsons MFA student by day, killer by night. He's just a handsome, lovable Iraq and Afghanistan war hero, who happily jams a shard of glass into someone's neck in the men's room at Grand Central Terminal. But it's ok, because the guy he kills is a thief. A real bad guy who has been skimming from the Russian diamond cartel. Matthew steals the diamonds for himself. Matthew's also having an affair with his teacher, dragging her into murder and mayhem through his own greed. Then there's the Russian gangster who's sleeping with his daughter (since she was 17) and now she's pregnant. I could go on, but you get the idea.
What's with the co-authorship? Patterson just comes up with ideas and someone else writes the book? Maybe it's Marshall Karp who can't write, but Patterson must have no shame to put his name on this. According to the back of the book, Patterson has written nearly two dozen of these books with different co-authors.Read more ›
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There is nothing worse than reading a novel, waiting for the expected thrill, and it never comes. This read had it all.Published 9 days ago by Sunny P.
Interesting characters and lots of fun dialogue. Liked the mystery and the twist and turns. Who knew a artist/ghost could be a totally romantic dude.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good book, not a great book. So many better Patterson books to choose from, though. Kept my interest, just nothing memorable once finished.Published 3 months ago by K. McClaflin
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Loved this book!! So great and a real page turner! I highly recommend this book. One of my favorite books!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Patterson usually writes intriguing stories. They hold your attention. This was one. Sometimes he gets carried away but they are usually great.Published 4 months ago by Louise Stacy