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Killer Move

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  607 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
Stephen King hailed Michael Marshall's novel Straw Men as “a masterpiece . . . brilliantly written and scary as hell.” Now, Marshall returns with this latest unnerving tale—a creepy, fast-paced thriller that grips you from the first page straight through to its shocking end.

Bill Moore already has a lot, but he wants more . . . much more.

He's got a lucrative job selling con
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by William Morrow (first published 2011)
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Sep 03, 2011 Roger rated it it was ok
This book was going to get four stars before the ending, where it completely fell apart. It felt like the author did not know how to end it, how to tie up all the pieces and had to end it quickly. Very very disappointing because leading up to that point, the plotting was great, the characters were well formed, but the end just was completely wrong. In fact, when he's doing the final wrap he GETS THE NAME of one of the characters WRONG. The main character's boss throughout the book was Peter Gran ...more
Al Swanson
Feb 06, 2012 Al Swanson rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I think I've read everything that Marshall has published. Which is a bit odd, considering how I feel about his books. It's a dichotomy, my feelings. I look forward, each time, to his next novel. I feel let down when I complete them. Every. Single. Time. Let me explain...
Marshall indeed writes well. Moreover, he makes his writing interesting. You can write plainly and well. You can write in a way that is interesting, but ultimately poor. Some writers, like McCarthy, write both well and interestin
Every now and then an author writes a book that is truly unique and causes the reader to think extra hard about what is going on.

John Hunter is released from prison after serving sixteen years for a crime he didn't commit. He's had plenty of time to plot his revenge against the people who framed him.

Bill Moore is a real estate salesman in Florida. He's successful and loves his wife but wants more. One day he notices a paper on his desk with the word "MODIFIED" on it.

He doesn't think any more ab
Roger Scherping
Jun 17, 2015 Roger Scherping rated it it was ok
This started out to be a very amusing story with a unique premise. Right away I found it disturbing how the story alternated between the humorous and intriguing chapters about how Bill's life was being modified and the dark, sick chapters about Hunter.

Eventually the two story lines merged and thus began the most muddled, confusing, pointless story I've ever read. I still don't understand what happened, and I only finished the book to see whether the author could successfully wrap up the whole me
Luanne Ollivier
Sep 09, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it liked it
Michael Marshall's latest book Killer Move opens with a newly released con named Hunter seeking payback for a crime he says he didn't commit.

We then meet realtor Bill Moore, a man with a five year plan - increasing his condo sales numbers in the Florida keys, opening up his own realty office, rubbing shoulders with the movers and shakers in his corner of the world. Problem is - it's year six. But Bill is nothing if not upbeat. It will happen.. he just has to work a little harder at it.

Small thin
J.M. Cornwell
Oct 13, 2011 J.M. Cornwell rated it liked it
What do a recently paroled murderer and a successful real estate agent in Florida have in common? They have been modified.

Bill Moore is an enterprising person and he wants success in a big way. He has a lucrative job, a beautiful wife, and everything going for him until he gets a message. Modified. Everything changes and Bill’s life unravels around him.

John Hunter was just paroled. Once he leaves the prison, he sets out to break all the terms of his parole to prove he was convicted unjustly. W
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 31, 2011 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
This book starts out with a bang and does not let go. Little things start happening to Bill Moore, an upscale realtor in Florida, and he really does not pay attention at first. Then it starts affecting his personal life when his wife accuses him of being a peeping tom with his co-worker. There is proof on his computer but he didn't do it. From that point on the action just keeps on going. A very suspensful story about how your life can get turned around and changed if someone is out to "modify" ...more
Jay Tate
Sep 05, 2015 Jay Tate rated it did not like it

This isn't the worst book ever written. Then again, Sharknado 3 isn't the worst movie ever written.

I only finished this because I wanted to see if the author could wrap everything up in any logical sense. He couldn't.

The main character is having a rough week, but every time he has a chance to think about making a decision, he abandons all reason and charges off after nothing. "I need to figure things out
Dec 21, 2014 Dea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
This is the first book by Marshall that I want a continuation of. This is not to mean that I did not want to read continuations of his other works, but more along the lines of things were settled and things were concluded and I was willing to let go of the story in his other works. Not this one. This one needs a continuation. Things cannot just be left like this!
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Andrew Garvey
Nov 09, 2014 Andrew Garvey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I first read a Michael Marshall (Smith) book years ago. It was called Spares and was a great, and very grim, science fiction novel. Since then, he's mostly written thrillers and while this is a good one, very good in places, I do wish he'd do a little more sci-fi.

Killer Move, the story of a fairly unlikeable estate agent who has his life 'modified' by a shadowy conspiracy at the same time as an escaped convict is out looking for revenge, takes a long time to finally start revealing what's going
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Smooth, smart, thriller, brilliantly written as always and full of strange dark things. A bit more derivative than you might usually expect from Michael Marshall Smith, as it's going to be hard to read it and not be reminded of The Game. But that's okay, it's a lot better and a lot scarier than The Game.
Apr 19, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Bill Moore is an upwardly mobile realtor. He's happily married, he's got a lead on a 10 million dollar home sale, and he's making some inroads with the local movers and shakers. Bill's life is on track until he receives a card that says Modified. Someone is about to mess with him.

This was an engaging thriller that demonstrated how quickly things can go sideways when your personal information is accessed. Bill's desperation is palpable as he tries to figure out how an ordinary man's life can come
Jul 05, 2011 Genie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Author is great at building suspense and a sense of paranoia... quick and compelling read.
Nihal Vrana
Sep 09, 2014 Nihal Vrana rated it really liked it
I'm not a regular thriller reader, so I cannot place it in the overall thriller genre, but I enjoyed this book. It moved in its plot very fluently, the characters were genuine and interesting (except David Werner who was more stereotypical) and the event unfolded pretty neatly. It is a tie-in to author's Straw Men series (as far as I understand), so I might have missed some details regarding that.

There was one twist I didn't like towards the end, but if you are looking for something to read fast
Jun 29, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killer Move is a novel by Michael Marshall and a Thriller from William Morrow.

Book Blurb:

Bill Moore is a man with a plan. He's got a lucrative job selling condos in the Florida keys, a great marriage, and a beautiful house. He had a five year plan for world domination, too, but it's already creeping into year six... so now he's decided to mix it up - just a little.

This means getting in tight with the people in power, the players who run the area like their personal kingdom. It's all going to pl
Aaron Maurer
Aug 14, 2011 Aaron Maurer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I enjoyed this high stakes action packed thriller. At first I was not exactly hooked, but I think so much of this comes from the difference between YA and adult books. YA novels always(almost always) suck you in instantly with something right away while adult books take time gather steam.

Once I got going in this book I was so involved with the plot that I had to find out the ending. I was not going to let this book just sit around while I did this and that. I sat down one night, hunkered in my c
May 21, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing
Bill Moore had a five year plan for success. Build his stake, then open his own realty office. Have people working to make him money instead of him doing for others. Okay, the five year plan was into the sixth year. But he was doing okay. Married with a nice home.

And then his life started falling apart.

He gets a card in an envelope with one word: Modified. Then Things he knew he didn't do started showing up. The mildly pornographic coffee table book ordered from Amazon on his credit card. The cl
Aug 01, 2011 Alla rated it it was amazing

“Killer move” by Michael Marshall follows the life of Bill Moore—a successful realtor whose life gets ruined when suspicious events start happening to him, right after a card bearing the word “modified” is left after each situation-gone-wrong.

At first the game seems silly, and Moore takes it in stride. He receives a book from Amazon that he never ordered, and a joking email is sent from his email address to all of his co-workers—except that Moore never sent it. A restaurant reservation that Moo
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Bill Moore already has a lot, but he wants more...much more.

He's got a lucrative job selling condos in the Florida Keys, a successful wife, a good marriage, a beautiful house. He also has a five-year plan for super-success, but that plan has begun to drag into its sixth year without reaping its intended rewards. So not Bill's starting to mix it up - just a little - to accelerate his way into the future that he knows he deserves.

Then one morning Bill arrives at work to find a card waiting for him
Victoria Watson
Aug 27, 2011 Victoria Watson rated it liked it
As a fan of crime novels, I was looking forward to reading this book by Michael Marshall – best selling author of ‘The Straw Men’ and, more recently, ‘Bad Things’.

The main character of this book, set in the Florida Keys, is go-getting estate agent Bill Moore. Bill’s got a good job, a great marriage and a beautiful house. He also has a five-year plan in which he imagines himself to be even more successful. To get this plan to work, however, he needs to make friends in high places. Everything seem
Lizzie Hayes
Nov 17, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it it was amazing
Bill Moore works for Shore Realtry, he has a good job selling condos in the Florida Keys. He is happily married to Stephanie, who is successful in her own right. They have a beautiful home, but Bill has a five-year plan to achieve super success, and the five-year plan is now in its sixth year. Bill decides to be pro-active and arranges a meeting with his immediate boss Tony Thompson to jig things up a bit. Things go reasonably well.

Returning to his office Bill finds a card on his desk, black wit
Suspense Magazine
Oct 11, 2011 Suspense Magazine rated it it was amazing
You have a nice, ordered life. For the most part, you control your destiny. You have dreams and seek to fulfill them. Then one day, you wake to find you don’t have control, someone else does.
This is the basic premise to Michael Marshall’s latest novel. Open the cover and step into a world where almost nobody is who he or she seems to be. Where a deranged mind seeks personal gratification by playing a dangerous game and where a man seeks vengeance against those who wronged him.
Bill Moore: South
Jan 06, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
Bill Moore already has a lot, but he wants more . . . much more. He's got a lucrative job selling condos in the Florida Keys, a successful wife, a good marriage, a beautiful house. He also has a five-year plan for supersuccess, but that plan has begun to drag into its sixth year without reaping its intended rewards. So now Bill's starting to mix it up--just a little--to accelerate his way into the future that he knows he deserves.

Then one morning Bill arrives at work to find a card waiting for h
Adam Nevill
Aug 31, 2013 Adam Nevill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic thriller from a writer I've long admired. With the Straw Men books Marshall combines a literary style in very effective commercial plot-driven fiction, at the border where the thriller touches upon and then mingles with horror. And the plot here is superb: inventive and surprising. I'd have been happy to just read a novel about the real estate agent's life in Florida, because even without the more fantastical element, the book stands up as a model of a particular time and world. I alwa ...more
Wilde Sky
Mar 27, 2014 Wilde Sky rated it it was amazing
A real estate agent has his life turned upside down and the body count starts to rise when he receives a note saying MODIFIED.

I found this book to be a great psychological thriller / drama and a real page turner. The storyline was oddly scary / thought provoking. The plot twisted and turned right to the end which was strangely believable.
May 18, 2014 Mathew rated it really liked it
A fantastic novel for about the first 80-90% — and then the words "Straw Men" appeared in the text and I began to get a sinking feeling. And sure enough, the ending quickly descended into the same (view spoiler) stuff. Maybe I should give up reading MMS until he goes back to science fiction.
Jul 30, 2011 Craig rated it it was amazing
After his last book fell a bit short, Marshall is back in fine form with Killer Move, a book that tangentially ties into his "Straw Men" trilogy. This is an excellent book that continually ratchets up the tension as an everyman Florida realtor finds little things in his life going wrong: a book of risque photography he never ordered from shows up and he can't convince his wife he didn't order it; photos of a female colleague show up on his cellphone camera, suggesting he's been stalki ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I enjoyed Marshall's latest thriller, though perhaps not quite as much as some of his previous books. I think I would have liked it more had I not recently read David Rosenfelt's latest standalone thriller, On Borrowed Time. Both books shared a lot of common themes with their main character's lives being totally overturned in just one day, causing them to doubt everything and everyone around them. While I liked that Marshall's version hearkened back to his earlier books, the motivation behind ev ...more
Kevin Bresnahan
May 23, 2012 Kevin Bresnahan rated it it was ok
I would probably give this book 2 1/2 stars. It was OK, yet not memorable. Bill Moore is a successful realtor who is caught up in an identity theft scandal. At first, it is emails he did not send, the appointments not being kept, and upped to deception and murder. Apparently, there was a club (I think it was to screw with people minds) that picked Moore to pick on him. Well, the action is intensified as murders occur, and the antagonists are known. Marshall is definitely below the standards of S ...more
May 27, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
it was really good but it seemed like he needed took his time writing everything, till he got to the end and had to finish it really fast. questions left unanswered, conclusions wrapped up too quickly. kinda lame.
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