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Kill Me If You Can
Kill Me If You Can
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 0316097543
$27.99/U.S.
416 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 0446571873
$14.99/U.S.
400 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Matthew Bannon, a poor art student living in New York City, finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend Katherine fill his thoughts—until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won't stop until they have reclaimed the diamonds and exacted their revenge.

The perfect lie

Trailing him is the Ghost, the world's greatest assassin, who has just pulled off his most high-profile hit: killing Walter Zelvas, a top member of the international Diamond Syndicate. There's only one small problem: the diamonds he was supposed to retrieve from Zelvas are missing. Now, the Ghost is on Bannon's trail—but so is a rival assassin who would like nothing more than to make the Ghost disappear forever. From "America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes) comes a high-speed, high-stakes, winner-take-all thrill ride of adrenaline-fueled suspense.

Kill Me If You Can
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 0316097543
$27.99/U.S.
416 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 0446571873
$14.99/U.S.
400 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Book One | THE ART STUDENT

Chapter 1

I SWEAR THIS is true. My name is Matthew Bannon, and I'm a Fine Arts major at Parsons in New York City.

The first thing you resign yourself to when you decide you want to dedicate your life to being a painter is that you're never going to get rich.

It goes with the territory. Vincent van Gogh died without a nickel, and that guy could paint rings around me. So I figured I'd spend the rest of my life as a starving artist in a paint-spattered loft in SoHo—poor but happy.

But that fantasy took a total nosedive when I found millions of dollars' worth of diamonds inside a locker in Grand Central Terminal one night.

That's right. Found.

I know, I know. It's hard to believe. I didn't believe it, either. I felt like a guy must feel when he wins the Mega Mil

lions lottery. Only I didn't buy a lottery ticket.

I just reached inside locker #925, and there it was.

A leather bag filled with millions and millions of dollars' worth of diamonds.

One minute I was planning a life of poverty; the next minute I was holding a small fortune in my hand.

Growing up in Hotchkiss, Colorado, I saw my share of rich people. None of them lived there. They would just be driving the scenic route on their way to Vail or Telluride and they'd stop for gas or something to eat at the North Fork Valley Restaurant.

Hotchkiss is about half the size of Central Park, with fewer people than you'd find in some New York City apartment buildings. But it's in the middle of God's country. It's everything John Denver sings about in "Rocky Mountain High."

It's where I learned to hunt, fish, ski, fly a plane, and do a whole lot of other macho stuff that my father taught me. He was a Marine. So were his father and his father before him.

My artistic side comes from my mom. She taught me to paint.

My father wanted me to carry on the family's military tradition. My mother said one uncultured jarhead in the family was enough.

So we compromised. I spent four years in the corps, with three active deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Then I saved up enough money to move to New York. Now at the age of thirty, I was in one of the best art programs in the country.

And suddenly my days of worrying about money were over.

I was rich. Or at least I could be rich if I decided to keep the diamonds. And why not? The guy who owned them wouldn't come looking for them.

As far as I figured, that guy was dead.

Copyright © 2011 by James Patterson

Kill Me If You Can
Fiction/General
Audiobook (Unabridged CD)
ISBN: 1607884674
$34.98/U.S.
Hachette Audio
Read by Jeff Woodman & Jason Culp

Jeff Woodman has narrated numerous audiobooks in many different genres including Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The Life of Pi. He has also done numerous ESL programs and cartoon voices for Japanese animation. Jeff has appeared in several episodes of Law & Order and various off-Broadway plays.

Jason Culp has been an actor since he was 10 years old. He was featured on television in Days of Our Lives and General Hospital, and in the cult film, Skinheads. He has narrated a number of audiobooks and is completing a memoir.

Kill Me If You Can
Fiction/General

Hardcover
ISBN: 0316097543
$27.99/U.S.
416 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Paperback
ISBN: 0446571873
$14.99/U.S.
400 pages
Grand Central Publishing

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