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Kill Me If You Can

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  17,787 Ratings  ·  1,219 Reviews
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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Oct 24, 2011 Cameron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lee Kyle
Jan 01, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it it was amazing
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
James Glass
Sep 06, 2015 James Glass rated it really liked it
Matthew Bannon is a poor art student living in New York who finds s bag of diamonds after a man, known as Walter Zelvas is murdered in a vicious battle.
Zelvas stole the diamonds from the Russian mob. They hired a contract killer, simply known as the Ghost to kill Zelvas.
Bannon is in love with a woman named Kathrine who reciprocates his love. After finding the diamonds he decides to take her on a trip to Paris. Unbeknownst to Bannon, the mob has hired the Ghost to retrieve the diamonds at any c
Apr 17, 2015 Kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is filled with every cliche I could possibly think of - Russian mobsters, "oo-rah" Marine buddies, cougar professor girlfriends, German "ice-queen" former model turned assassin, crooked cops, you name it. The descriptions of sex between Matthew and his professor girlfriend were gratuitous and cliched as well.(And entirely unnecessary to the plot.) Most of the dialogue is cliched, as well. There is a major plot twist halfway through the book, and the story starts to get better then, but ...more
Jesse Broussard
Dec 21, 2014 Jesse Broussard rated it did not like it
Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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
Oct 03, 2011 Tonya rated it liked it
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
I've noticed lately that the books I read by James Patterson are either hit or miss. Sometimes I will love them and recommend them to everyone I meet and other times they will make me wish I could get those hours of my life back. This book started off okay, but it just became more and more absurd the further I read on. I had lost count of all the cliches in it by midpoint. It was corny and the plot line wasn't intriguing. I was not invested in any of the characters and quickly grew tired of how ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Krissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was fast paced and action packed. Which is exactly how I love my thrillers.
We took this 8 hour audio book on a long trip in the car. It was very engaging and an interesting story line. We didn't realize that it is also part of a series/serial. Though the main story line is concluded, it is left open at the end for a continuation. We listened to an unabridged version of the book. There are graphic action/murder scenes (blood, gore, and the like) and some sexual talk; so this is not a book that should be listened to when there are younger people present. The main charact ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: james-patterson, 2012
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
Oct 23, 2011 Raina rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 15, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing
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'
Sep 27, 2011 Urbanbookbabe rated it really liked it
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
Feb 03, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
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
Sep 13, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
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
Jul 07, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
Interesting concept & it's delivered but with too much sex. (I don't need a manual, thanks!) I usually like the author but my fast-forward is getting a workout lately. Well narrated.

It didn't take that long to read - just got busy doing important things.
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.
Jul 22, 2012 Susie rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! Lots of twists and turns. Ends like there may be another. Loved it. Finished in two days. Wish I was not done.
Dec 22, 2013 Ragunath rated it really liked it
Good mix of thriller with romance.
Mar 25, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I haven't read a book by James Patterson that I didn't live, and this book is no exception.
Terri Lynn
Oct 29, 2011 Terri Lynn rated it really liked it
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
Rob Donovan
Jul 31, 2013 Rob Donovan rated it really liked it
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
Sep 20, 2011 Martina rated it it was ok
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
Jan 31, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/thriller lovers
Matthew Bannon was a poor art student, albeit 30 years of age. He had been a Marine for 4 years, to satisfy his father, but now he was able to paint, as he had wanted to do as long as he could remember. He met Katherine at an art gallery, and as she was an art teacher, his future was set. The fact that they fell in love as well, was an added bonus!

But suddenly Matthew was in the wrong place at the wrong time.....or was it the right place at the right time? When a chaotic attack, which was constr
Robin Webster
May 25, 2013 Robin Webster rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2011 Clark rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, reviewed
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
Nov 20, 2011 Sherrie rated it did not like it
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
Nov 28, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
Patterson, James & Karp, Marshall -- Kill Me If You Can -- 4/B 11/27/11
Thriller/1011/Little Brown/361 pgs
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
Scharlie Martin
Feb 07, 2014 Scharlie Martin rated it it was amazing
The Ghost--how appropriate is that for a name for a contract killer who is still doing contract killing? And how scary is it to have a guy like that after you and you're just a simple art student who happened to find a bag of diamonds worth millions and you have a girl friend and the owner of the diamonds wants them back and there's more that one contract killer? Talk about painting yourself into a corner! But then we're talking about James Patterson teamed up with Marshall Karp. As a kid we use ...more
S.L. Pierce
Oct 31, 2011 S.L. Pierce rated it really liked it
I haven't finished yet but I will say I am pleasantly surprised by this book. Not the typical crap he has put out the last few years. More like the old JP! Must be this co-writer.

I didn't realize I never came back and finished this review. I would say this is Patterson's best book since he started co-writing. The characters are much more real and so is the dialogue. That being said, it is still classic Patterson with the fast moving plot (a little ridiculous as always) and many twists in the sto
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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” 1 likes
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