Kill Me If You Can
By James Patterson and Marshall Karp
Matthew Bannon, an art student with a secret (don’t worry, you find out later) takes a bag full of diamonds from a Russian dealer who was assassinated in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. All he wants to do is settle down to enjoy a comfortable life with his girlfriend, Katherine Sandborne. However, after taking her to Paris, then Venice, Bannon runs afoul of an assassin working for the Russians who want their diamonds back. Bannon must use his Marine skills, as well as a few others picked up through the years, to elude and outwit his opponents: the Russians, the assassin, and dirty cops. However, when Sandborne is kidnapped, Bannon will stop at nothing for the one he loves.
I know, I know, you’ve seen this before. Yes, there’s a twist as there usually is with Patterson. Still, it’s an interesting plot and worth another version.
The Ghost: Assassin, has a three word mantra said before each kill, father was an assassin.
Matthew Bannon: 30, art student, wants to be a successful painter, former Marine, comes from a family of Marines.
Katherine Sandborne: Professor of Fine Arts at Parsons, Bannon’s girlfriend.
Marta Krall: German assassin, six foot tall, short cut blonde hair, former fashion model, attractive, hates The Ghost. Likes to torture before she kills.
Patterson’s characters are always interesting even if he doesn’t dig too deep under the surface. You have what turns out to be the anti-hero in Bannon. The supporting characters such as the Russian mobsters and the racist and dirty cops add extra spice.
To the point. Standard bad guy threats and rants. Typical reactions from the innocents.
Since it’s Patterson, you know pretty much what to expect. Short chapters, quick scenes. Fast action. Emotionless sex scenes.First person narrative from Bannon’s point of view, third person narrative for everyone else. Some interesting humor. It’s a thriller, but halfway lighthearted. An interesting twist in the middle and an equally interesting character demise shortly thereafter. There is profanity, but only because the characters would naturally use it, not because it’s absolutely necessary. As with most Patterson thrillers, this one keeps moving and the ebbing of the story only serves to lead to the next anticipated high point. It’s one of those novels where if you like the author’s previous books, you’ll enjoy this one. If you don’t, then you probably won’t pick up this book in the first place. If you’re new to this author, Kill Me If You Can does a fine job of giving you the Patterson flavor.