Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kill me if you can by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

Matthew Bannon was in the wrong place at the right time when Walter Zelvas was taken out by the hitman known as the Ghost.  Walter Zelvas wasn't only an alround dirtbag, he was also a dirtbag carrying a bag full of diamonds he stole from his boss and the international diamond syndicate he works for.  As a financially challeneged art student Matthew knows exactly what he is going to do with all those diamonds - he is going to find a way to cash them in for a couple of million dollars.  But things are about to take a desperate twist because the syndicate want their diamonds back, and the hitman who killed Zelvas has been given the job of tracking Bannon down and getting the diamonds back - over Bannons dead body.  A rival assassin after Bannon and the Ghost just makes things so much messier (and so much more enjoyable to read).

We often joke at work that each month there is a new James Patterson to enjoy, and with all the co-authored books he has written in the past few years it almost does seem like there is a new James Patterson and co every other month.  Some of the books are hits, some are misses - and this is definitely one of the hits.  The writing partnership of Patterson and Karp has created a dynamic read that keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next - it was easy to get lost in the story, and get dragged into the world of Bannon and those around him.  The attention to detail is there is the little subtle details, but the story isn't bogged down in detail, or weighed down with too much detail.  And the wonderful little twists and turns are fantastic when you stumble across them and make the book that much better.

Patterson and Karp definitely have a winner with this book, and there appears to be hints that there could be more in the series (don't worry - no spoilers here).  I really hope there are more books to come as this is a dynamic writing duo who keep you on the edge of your seat with anticipation to see what comes next, and to see what action is coming up next.

If you like this book then try:
  • Postcard killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
  • Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • The rabbit factory by Marshall Karp
  • The surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
  • The silent girl by Tess Gerritsen
  • Full black by Brad Thor
  • American assassin: a thriller by Vince Flynn

Reviewed by Brilla

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