One of the better Patterson novels I’ve read, “Kill Me If You Can” intertwined action, romance, diamonds, and European destinations to create a magnetic story. Matthew Bannon is a struggling art student who stumbles upon $16 million worth of diamonds in New York’s Grand Central Station. But such a find comes with a hefty price, and before he knows it, Matt is being hunted by two different professional killers. Matt’s marine background is juxtaposed with the humble life of an artist in love with his professor, Katherine, characteristics which made him an enjoyable protagonist to follow.
The reader can expect a significant amount of stock characters from the crime rings of various countries. Without much of a background, these characters act as merely a backdrop to showcase Matt’s struggle as he attempts to unload his diamonds. But the plot didn’t need further focus on those characters to create an exciting tale. I enjoyed traveling with Matt and Katherine to the Jules Vern restaurant, the hotel Danieli, and other well-known locations around Europe, while he tries to hide the diamonds and keep the truth from Katherine. Just when I thought I had a handle on the plot, the author threw in some twists that we’re unexpected and very clever, making this anything but a standard action book.
I am actually stunned at how bad some of the reviews online were. I enjoyed it and so would readers who enjoy Vince Flynn books. This was an action packed novel filled with events that would satisfy both male and female readers. The light writing was perfect for a weekend read, but still managed to pack in enough thrills and intrigue to make it exciting.