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I Kill

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,816 ratings  ·  378 reviews
The voice on the radio. The writing, red as blood. I kill . . . A detective and an FBI agent embark upon the most harrowing case of their careers as they attempt to track down an enigmatic killer in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller. The killer announces his heinous acts in advance with desperate phone calls and ties his crimes together with songs that point to his vi ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Murdoch Books (first published 2002)
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Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A good captivating thriller, with interesting twists and turns, a decently constructed plot and a few characters with well-defined and credible psychological traits (with the exception of a couple of instances where the characters appear a bit cartoonish and caricatural).

The first part is really quite compelling and riveting, delivering high-tension narrative and infused with a sense of foreboding, while the second part is, unfortunately, not on a par with the first half (but still OK). The mai
May 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: none
Everybody said it was a good read, Faletti is a very nice chap, and it sold a lot (at least in Italy) - but in the end I found it to be a poor thriller - the plot of the serial killer is so worn out, and the book is an anthology of cliches, from Frank the american cop to the general to almost every other character..
In the middle of the book the identity of the killer is revealed, and then the tension (already low) drops under your feet - it was so tiresome to get to the end.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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David Anderson
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys serial killer thrillers.
Grada (BoekenTrol)
A score of 9/10 for this book.
Interesting, unpredictable, fast paced, good setting, everything that was put into this book fit. It was a pleasure to read it, I had a hard time putting it down. I'll see if I can lay hands on other books by this author :-)
J M Leitch
Set in Monte Carlo this book is about a psychotic serial killer who defaces (literally!) his victims. Although severely mentally ill, probably as a result of childhood abuse, he is not only very intelligent but also a highly trained combatant who leads the Monte Carlo police and a visiting FBI agent on a wild goose chase as the body count mounts up.

Making sure that the killings are widely anticipated, he first calls in to a music radio station and leaves clues and the proclamation “I kill...”, a
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoy the thriller / crime genre for reading, and this particular novel provided all that I wanted for some seat-of-the-pants reading during some sunny holiday days.

Set in Monte Carlo, the descriptions made me want to visit the city itself, and the main character was gripping enough to make me want to continue another journey with him. However I also found the story a little lacking in some of the many (many!) characters which peppered the story, including the actual antagonist - where no ful
I had a sleepless night so finally gave up trying and flopped over to read this book... ostensibly, until I was tired. Instead, hours later, I had read to the end of a suspenseful tale. I was impressed by how the suspense was maintained, even after the "Who" was discovered. Elements of the book are definitely trite - the contrived romantic aspect, buddy cops, the autistic foil, and, even to a degree, the "why" for the killings. Character development was flat (for instance, I did not care that th ...more
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this I couldn’t believe it had taken so long to get this published in the UK as I was completely engrossed very quickly. I loved the damaged FBI agent haunted by personal demons, the gruesome nature of the murders and the wide circle of characters that were perfectly drawn and by turns endearing or just horrid. Also liked the fact that it was set somewhere I wasn’t altogether familiar with, giving an insight into the lives of the rich and privileged.This is a tricky one b ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-the-world
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Frank Ottobre is an FBI agent that is trying to pull his life together after his Wife's suicide, and trying to decide if he will continue working for the FBI. Frank is visiting his good friend, Nicholas Hulot. Nicholas is a Police Inspector with the Monte Carlo Police Department, and the two have worked together before. Murders don't usually happen in Monte Carlo, but Nicholas has been called into to investigate a brutal double murder on a yard, ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for me at all.
Descriptive to the point of being boring.
The plot is rather cliché and it’s quite slow in its development.
Way too long with several hundred pages spent narrating irrelevant parts of the story.
A huge no from me on the characters, the writing style and the book in its entirety.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is fantastic!!!!!!!!!I read it in one night, I couldn't stop myself.
Just for people that love violence and noir crimes
I don't normally read police crime drama but this book held my interest. It didn't need to be 600 pages and there were a few too many characters.
Andrea Vlasic
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
This book is a book about serial killer, but it's a true poetry... Faletti is an amazing writer! Loved it so much!
Almu TM
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The voice on the radio.The writing, red as blood.I kill . . .
A detective and an FBI agent embark upon the most harrowing case of their careers as they attempt to track down an enigmatic killer in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller. The killer announces his heinous acts in advance with desperate phone calls and ties his crimes together with songs that point to his victims; he then mutilates them and removes their faces.
Set in Monte Carlo and featuring an international cast of intriguing chara
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Even though I don't enjoy reading extra puffed best, thrilling, tensionnotseensincestephenking crime books, "I kill" was actually good. It isn't different from other crime stories, we have clichés like an american inspector, complicated love story, drugs, drama and all other necessary ingredients to make 600 pages worth reading. However, the serial-killer story is original, and I hate to admit it, really interesting.
It is not "winning-Pulitzer" good book, but if you cut parts of "google facts ab
Alessia Ferrari
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot rushes and the reader is dragged with it.
The sociopath killer is a big character and has, anyway, something "human"...he is split between the reality and all his past and this makes him "human" in someway.
And also the detective Frank is not completely an "angel", his is not entirely good...he has his skeletons and he fights with them first of all.
I really like how the characters are described....really a lot.
Lucia Ramos
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought because it was in promotion. I thought that it was only to be a book to pass the time until i found one that I really wanted. However, it turned out to be one of the best books I have ever read! Simply astonishing!
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great thriller. Loved it!
Carolina Edvinsson
My review in swedish ---> Romeoandjuliet
Breanna Ume-Taule
Top Notch!!
Was hooked from start to finish, highly recommend this to those who love a good read!!
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is fast moving thriller fiction at its best. The plot is compelling and clever and I can't wait to read others by the same author.
Maria Garcia Sonino
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiano
Excellent and compelling! Story takes place between Milano and Montecarlo.
Kyle Moore
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Will read the next one I am god for sure.
Warning: This review contains spoilers!

So where do I begin?

An intelligent serial killer on the rise in one of the most safest places in the world. Local police, Nicolas Hulot and FBI agent, Frank Ottobre are on the case to catch this sick killer.

What I Like.
1. The depth of each character.
Frank is recovering from his wife suicide.
Nicolas is dealing with his son's death and his wife's madness.
Helena is trying to escape her molester of a dad.
Celine's twisted method of pretending to be insane in or
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-bother
I Kill was the first ever Italian murder mystery I've read and I have to say I'm not impressed. Not only was it unnecessarily long (700 pages in the edition I read. 700! 700 pages of below average writing. Seven. Hundred. Pages.), it was also hollow and remote.

You know that stereotype of a slimy Italian man, trying to get inside your pants by listing flashy pointless words, in the hopes that it will sound fancy and poetic and make you go sploosh? This book is exactly like that. It's sexist, pomp
Honestly, I didn't finish it but it was mostly because I wanted to move on to other things. I did read at least 350 or possibly almost 400 pages in Italian, and what I read I liked okay. A couple of things for me: first, it seemed predictable at least in terms of the characters. The main figure of the cop suffering the loss of his wife just made me think of Mel Gibson in "Lethal Weapon." You know, a guy sitting around in his trailer wishing he had done more. Second, I'm not much for this kind of ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall a good read. However the length of it was way to long. It definitely could have been shortened by a hundred pages or so.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick and engrossing read. The premise was engaging, as well as the psychopathic killer. I thoroughly enjoyed how Faletti slowly revealed pieces and parts of the characters throughout the book. I was genuinely surprised at all the plot twists, turns and how everything was (more or less) wrapped up. I had no idea what to expect, because each death seemed more gruesome and horrible than the last--it seemed like there had to be SOME good happening sometime! Once ...more
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“Anche in questo siamo uguali. L'unica cosa che ci fa differenti è che tu, quando hai finito di parlare con loro, hai la possibilità di sentirti stanco.
Puoi andare a casa e spegnere la tua mente e ogni sua malattia.
Io no. Io di notte non posso dormire, perché il mio male non riposa mai."

"E allora tu che cosa fai, di notte, per curare il tuo male?"

"Io uccido...”
“Per chi ci ha messo il cuore e altrettanto cuore non ha trovato, per chi si è sbagliato e ci ha messo troppo sale, per chi non avrà pace finché non riuscirà a scoprire in quale maledetto barattolo hanno nascosto lo zucchero, per chi rischia di annegare nella piccola alluvione delle sue lacrime. Siamo qui con voi e, nonostante tutto, come voi siamo vivi.” 5 likes
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