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Killer Move by Michael Marshall
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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 Florida realtor. Ambitious. Competitive. In control. Looking to advance up the ladder to become part up the echelon of wealth, until he finds pieces of his life slowly going awry. Events occur for which others think he’s responsible. At first they’re small, seemingly unimportant, but soon, they mushroom into a chaos so intense, Moore doesn’t know where to turn next or who to trust, if he can trust anybody.
This is a scary book. This isn’t some monster in the closet or up from the ocean depths scary. It isn’t even a psycho killer in a hockey mask stalking teenagers scary. This one worms its way into your mind, sneaks its way into your subconscious and makes you look at your life just a little differently than you did yesterday. It plays upon a basic fear of completely losing control of the world around you, of how order becomes entropy. Near the end, Marshall makes reference to his previous book, “The Straw Men,” (in a slightly tongue in cheek manner on one occasion), but you don’t have to necessarily have read that one first. If you haven’t, then you’ll want to after “Killer Move.”

Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of “Beta” for Suspense Magazine
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