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Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite
Matthew Bannon, an art student with a secret (don’t worry, you will 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.
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 somewhat 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.