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Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his stunning girlfriend Katherine fill his thoughts--until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won't stop until they have reclaimed the diamonds and exacted thei...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published August 29th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Cameron
This book has made me reconsider a lot of things in my life.

First of all, it has made me look at all of the other books that I have given a one-star rating too. Yeah, The Shack was bad, but was it THIS bad? It has also made me think of how many people might be out there reading books like this, or any other books which appear to have been written as a sixth-grade writing assignment, and live to turn the pages and get wrapped up in the action. It makes me immeasurably sorry for them. It has also...more
Lee Kyle
Jan 01, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of a good cat and mouse story!!
My second of Patterson's reads. Well i will start this review by saying that he is rapidly becoming one of my top 5 favorite authors of all time! I love his style of writing and the fact that he has what i like to call 'quick chapters' just a little over 100 in this short read. In this Patterson tale that is also co-written by Marshall Karp, the story starts with a hitman doing battle with his quarry in the public washroom of Grand Central Station in New York. This fight ensues as the hitman who...more
Tonya
Not my favorite Patterson book. It was a little heavier on the sex than I'd like, and the (consensual) incestuous relationship of the bad guy and his daughter really wasn't a necessary or enjoyable part of the plot. I'm convinced Patterson acts as mostly just a consultant on most of these books he supposedly co-writes, and I don't think I'd want to read any more by Marshall Karp. The plot was interesting, but I found myself reminded of a recent movie plot and a less-recent movie plot when it cam...more
Jesse Broussard
It has been rumored among the more unfeeling of my "friends" that Jesse is a cynical man. "Jesse," they say, "is a bloke" (I give all of my friends British accents so I don't feel badly for hating them); "Jesse," they say, "is a bloke who, when confronted with a beautiful, short, single, Calvinistic paedobaptist redhead with a flurry of freckles on her cheeks and a copy of Chesterton in her hands, assumes that she'll either turn out to be his sister or she'll get hit by a truck. But probably bot...more
Ron Hummer
When Lou Diamond Phillips introduced the movie Under Siege with Steven Seagal, on the military channel, he said that this was the time to check your brain at the door before going into the theater. Yes, it’s a guy flick and there is a lot of action and it’s fun but at the end, it’s not believable.
This was my first time reading a co-authored book by James Patterson. Kill Me If You Can is along the same lines. The action is there and as Lou Diamond Phillips said, you’re checking your brain at t...more
Jill
It is hard to imagine a more unlikely scenario, but that doesn't interfere with the pleasure of reading this book. James Patterson is not necessarily known for probable and logical plots. The book opens with a gangland-style murder in Grand Central Station, an assassin, tear gas bombs, mass chaos, and a young art student, Matthew Brannon, who just happens upon the dying target trying to claw his way into a locker. A locker with a bag filled with diamonds. Stolen diamonds, as it were. Matthew dec...more
Connie
KILL ME IF YOU CAN by James Patterson & Marshall Karp is 7 CDs and approximately 8 hours. It is the unabridged version and narrated by Jeff Woodman & Jason Culp.

Brief Description:

Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend Katherine fill his thoughts--until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won'...more
Urbanbookbabe
Sep 27, 2011 Urbanbookbabe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves books about assassins
Shelves: listened, owned-books


During what authorities calls a terrorist attack at Grand Central Station, Matthew Bannon,a poor art student,happens upon a man who is dying from a knife wound and a bag full of diamonds that will change his life forever...

With a bag full of diamonds Matthew plans a worry-free life, Starting with taking his girlfriend Katherine on a trip to France. However, this isn't quite the romantic get a way Matthew planed because he can't escape the feeling that someone is after him …

Meet the Ghost to many...more
Mark
The book started off well and was well on course for a four star review. Yeah the plot wasn't the strongest ever written and the characters were the cudboard cutouts that appear in most Patterson stand alone thrillers. The incest sub-plot was completely unnecesary but didn't bother me to the extent that it made reading the rest of the story any less enjoyable. But the book was moving along at a nice pace and the plot whilst surreal was a vast improvement on the last piece of Patterson drivvle I...more
Raina
For those of you who know me I have often said of James Patterson in recent years, "Why am I still reading this crap? It is just the same storyline with different character names." That said, I would like to award all five of these stars to Marshall Karp who made this book the fantastic read that it is!

This story opens up with Matthew Bannon who, depending on how you look at it, is either really lucky or really unlucky. One day when returning home from classes at Parsons Art School he comes acro...more
Rob Donovan
I tend to steer clear of James Patterson’s collaborative efforts these days. The only exceptions are: if I am really in the mood for a quick read, it is really cheap or the reviews are good. This book seemed to tick all three boxes and the reviews were favourable and promised and a surprising twist.

The blurb:

Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gor...more
Terri Lynn
I read an interview with James Patterson where he said that his co-written books are those he dreams up the idea, roughly outlines it, then turns it over to the co-writer to write. He later looks it over then off to the publisher it goes. This means that his co-written books actually have more of the co-writer in them than James Patterson himself.

This book, like his THE POSTCARD KILLERS, is most definitely the work of the co-writers. In this case, it is Marshall Karp.

Set in New York, Paris, Ven...more
Martina
In my newly found attraction to best-sellers I came over this one. James Patterson is a very well-established American author who has written over seventy-five novels since his first 1976.

Kill me if you can is a thriller novel centering the art student Matthew Bannon. He started out his career in the Marines, following in his fathers footsteps, but on agreement after finishing, he began to study art. He is studying at one of the most prestigious art universities in the country, and whether he ha...more
Eric
Sep 13, 2011 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of fast-moving espionage thrillers
This is the first James Patterson book I'd ever picked up, and my first thought was how insubstantial it was. It was almost like reading air. I had over 300 pages left in the book when I picked it up last night -- and three hours later I was done with it. That's over 100 pages an hour, and I wasn't speed reading. It breezed by so quickly that I missed the big plot twist in the story, which left me annoyed with myself for not seeing it coming.

Other than that, it was a good -- albeit quick -- read...more
Robin Webster
Matthew Bannon is an art student. During a shootout between two gangland assassins on Grand Central Station he comes across one of the assassins as he was slumped dying against an open locker containing a bag crammed full of diamonds worth millions of dollars. What does Matthew Bannon do? He takes the bag and runs. The only problem is there is a Russian organized crime syndicate that wants the diamonds back and him dead.
Overall the above setup is an ideal starting point for an action thriller t...more
Mandy
A guilty pleasure of mine, James Patterson never lets me down.
A good, entertaining read that rattles along at a fast enough pace, so that it doesn't feel boring at any time. The "twist" in this I honestly did not see coming. At all.
The chapters are short and the font is large, so before I knew it I'd read 100 pages or more.
I do recommend this. It's very good, pure escapism and wholly entertaining.
Clark
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...more
Sherrie
I didn't like this book very well. I don't know if was the characters or the story line, but it just didn't hook me. I love reading James Patterson's books. But this one didn't work for me. I did finish it, but reluctantly. I almost put it down, but kept at it. It reads like a mob book and I don't like those kind of books. The main character, Matthew stumbles into this mess. When Zelvas is killed by the Ghost. This starts the whole thing rolling. The Ghost hunting for Mattthew and then they send...more
Pam
Patterson, James & Karp, Marshall -- Kill Me If You Can -- 4/B 11/27/11
Thriller/1011/Little Brown/361 pgs
Stand-Alone
Current/NYC, Paris, Venice, Amsterdam
Characters: Matthew Bannon -- art student @ Parsons, former Marine
1st Lines: Some people are harder to kill than others. The Ghost was thinking about this as he huddled in the deep, dark shadows of Grand Central Terminal.
Comments: Entertaining and fast read. Matthew is in Grand Central station when an assumed terrorist threat is going on. Am...more
Feli
Jan 28, 2014 Feli added it
one of Patterson's best works! like you got lost watching a crazy action film, has you at the edge of your seat. literally.
Diana
2.5 Stars

This suspense/thriller book is about a poor art student accidentally hitting the jackpot when he finds a bag full of diamonds. What ensues is the Russian mafia and the secret Syndicate trying to locate the art student, kill him, and retrieve the diamonds. This book was okay but I expected a lot more thriller and suspense than a few plot twists. The plot drew me in, an art student who hit the jackpot, one super killer assassin named Ghost contracted to find the diamonds, and another ruth...more
Robin
A formulaic offering typical of Patterson's recent collaborations with authors he's sponsoring into the field.

This time I was not particularly fond of the protagonist, and found his love interest to be unethical to the point of being distasteful - to the point of finding it hard to care much about why he'd love her so much that he'd want to better himself for her sake.

Some of the "bad guys" were not only reprehensible they were almost entirely two dimensional - the only nods to backstory or mo...more
Angelica
It was ok.

I was really in high hopes, because it's a PATTERSON book, and it's a crime novel, and I have a special fetish for any novel that fall under Crime.

But for the first time, (and I was terribly aghast) a crime novel failed to work on me. Maybe it's unsurprising that it wouldn't work, because I honestly just forced myself to read when I'm not really in the mood of reading anything.

But, NO. After a quick re-read and this time, without some kind of stupor, I concluded that there really are s...more
Thom Swennes
“Genius” is a common mantra applied to the works of James Patterson. On the other hand, little is said or known about the contributions of his co-writers. They possibly only supply the idea or inspiration for the book but the form remains constant and must be entirely attributed to Patterson. When an assassin is hired to kill another assassin, blood and bullets fly in Grand Central Station. Matthew Bannon, Fine Arts major at New York’s Parsons School of Design, innocently stumbles on a leather d...more
Max Rudenko
This is just awful. I just couldn't continue listening. I after listening for three hours to this audiobook you feel like sugar is oozing out of all your pores and that soon you'll go into a sugar coma. It's just too corny: "I love you, I love you, I love you, I love this woman. I love you, no I love you more..." It goes on and on. Ugh.
I've enjoyed James Patterson's early works but every time I read his current novels I get very disappointed. I think it's time for him to consider retirement.
Maritza
This book was CRAZY! I had read some reviews and someone wrote they had to go back and read some things again just to make sure they got it...I did too! So many twists and turns! I really liked the story but only gave it 3 stars because I could have done without the incest..I didn't like that. But I guess that's part of the unexpected. I heard James Patterson was receiving lots of fan feedback that this book needed a sequel...and YES! It does!! Hope he decides to write it!
Urszula
This book was a real page-turner. I liked how this book was written in two different styles - in first person, by Mat and in third person, by the narrator describing what is happening on the other side.

I thought that Matthew was simply brilliant. I loved him from the very first page. He made a great hero, and it did not matter that he was a bad person / art student / defending your country hero. His spectrum was very large, yet he made a great character with real feelings. What he and Katherine...more
Hol
May 20, 2011 Hol added it
I haven’t read a novel on my own in months yet, ironically, I read every word of this one, verrry carefully, sometimes more than once, in doing the final proofread on it. Because I was paying particular attention to plot, I paid particular attention to scenes of violence, of which there were many, and any logistical problems therein: my copyeditor's flags included a sketch involving two corpses and their relative locations, a first for me.
Madison Pridgen
An innocent, young art student, Matthew Bannon, finds a bag of diamonds after an attack in Grand Central Station in NYC. Not knowing what else to do with them he decided to hang on to them. The Russian Mob had other ideas about those diamonds. This book is packed with suspense. A worthwhile purchase if you love thrills and chills!


Madison Pridgen,
A member of Between the Lines book club

Karen
This is another brilliant stand along book by James Patterson. This book centres around a bag of diamonds that goes missing and the Russian's want them back. It has got lot's of twist's and turn's - I just could not put this book down. The plot is amazing and half way through you just can't believe what happens. Great book, would be good if there was another one to follow.
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“When I was growing up, my mom used to tell my sister and me about a leprechaun with a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. But she never mentioned a Russian Neanderthal with a bag of diamonds at the end of a bloody trail in a train station” 0 likes
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