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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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446571865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446571869
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Puhleeeze! I can probably live with the near-continual suspension of disbelief; I mean, it's a spy/thriller, right? But why does the author have to flaunt incest as a theme between two of the baddies??? Really?! Are we SO numb to violence and sex that now it takes THIS to get our attention?

I, for one, am not, and this book is trash.
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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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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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Format: Hardcover
Spoiler alert: Here's "Kill Me If You Can" in a nutshell. A hitman who is also a talented art student at Parsons steals millions of dollars worth of diamonds from a Russian mobster he has been hired to kill. No guilt. No remorse. Lots of people die gruesome deaths. All of them deserve it.

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.
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