From this point on there is no stopping Matthew Bannon. His whole ordinary life changes to one thought above all KILL ME IF YOU CAN. Yes, the title of the book written by JAMES PATTERSON & MARSHALL KARP definitely fits the plot. I've never read one of JAMES PATTERSON'S thrillers. This novel made me eat breakfast, lunch and dinner faster just so I could return to the novel and see what Matthew would end up doing next with his new found wealth.
With millions and millions worth of diamonds on him Bannon had to take his stash and get out of town fast. Not looking like himself thanks to a makeup artist he goes to France with his girl friend, Katherine. The descriptions of the places are wonderful. The authors describe different foods and different wines. It was hard not to run to the internet and find these glorious places where gangsters and hit men hang out along with normal people who have only seen gun fights in the movie and on t.v.
"LA TOUR D'ARGENT has been a Paris institution since the sixteenth century. Perched on the river Seine in the heart of Old Paris, it's a mecca for people who live to eat. Not exactly the kind of place where you pop in and ask for a table for three...Ours had a sweeping view of the river and Notre Dame Cathedral." latourdargent
Along with all this grandeur, I especially felt emotionally moved by the occupational hazards of being a subway driver or engineer. I can not grasp or imagine the feelings of Mr. Perez the subway driver. While driving his subway, he suddenly sees a man lying on the tracks, and he does not have enough time to stop the train. Then, further along he sees a man running on the tracks. It is a scene he will always remember. His life is changed just as much as Matthew Bannon and Katherine's life. Mr. Perez describes himself as "messed up for a while."
From KILL ME IF YOU CAN I learned that life is a maze. At times you don't know whether to sit, stand, lie down or run. Matthew Bannon chose to make a run for it. What should he have done with the diamonds? I'll bet each of us would have a different answer. I would have ran up the subway stairs without the diamonds. However, I'm not a character created by JAMES PATTERSON & MARSHALL KARP.jamespatterson