Like Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Pin Us on Pinterest Follow Us on Instagram Follow Us on YouTube Sign Up for Our Newsletter
eSSENTIAL Accessibility Download
In Stores Now
Burn (Michael Bennett Series)
Hardcover
Invisible
Hardcover

Unlucky 13
Hardcover
Private L.A.
Hardcover
See the entire checklist of books by A–Z | Series 
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 2

YOU MIGHT THINK that finding a bag full of diamonds would be the best thing that happened in my life.

But you'd be wrong.

The best thing was finding Katherine Sanborne.

We met at the Whitney Museum.

The Whitney is one of my favorite places in New York, and I was staring at one of my favorite paintings, Armistice Night, by George Luks.

And then I saw her. Midtwenties, a heart-stoppingly beautiful face framed with auburn hair that fell to her shoulders in soft curls. She was escorting a group of high-school kids. As they came up beside me, she said, "George Luks was an American Realist."

"And I'm a Puerto Rican romantic," one kid said.

Big laugh from his teen cohorts.

Another kid jumped right in. "And I'm a Jewish pessimist," he said.

Within seconds, half a dozen kids were vying to see who could get the biggest laugh. Katherine just grinned and didn't try to stop them.

But I did. "None of you is as funny as George Luks," I said, pointing at the painting on the wall.

"You think this picture is funny?" the Puerto Rican romantic said.

"No," I said. "But the guy who painted it, George Luks, was a stand-up comedian and a comic strip illustrator. Then he teamed up with seven other artists and they became known as the Ashcan School."

"Cool," the kid said.

"He was pretty cool," I said. "Until one night he got the crap kicked out of him in a barroom brawl and was found dead a few hours later. Now, if you paid attention to your teacher, you could learn a lot of cool stuff like that."

I walked away.

A half hour later Katherine found me gawking at Edward Hopper's Early Sunday Morning.

"Where's your class?" I said.

"I'm not their teacher," she said. "I just do volunteer work at the museum every Wednesday. The kids liked you. They were sorry you left."

"I'm sure you handled them just fine," I said.

"I did. But I was sorry you left, too. How do you know so much about art?"

I shrugged. "I just do. It's not a very exciting story."

"I love to hear what other people think about art," she said. "If I bought you a cup of tea and a pumpkin muffin at Sarabeth's Kitchen, would you tell me some of the least boring parts?" She smiled and her soft gray eyes were full of mischief and joy and promise.

"I couldn't do that," I said.

Her smile faded and her eyes looked at me, more than a little surprised.

"But I could buy you a cup of tea and a pumpkin muffin at Sarabeth's Kitchen," I said. "Would that work?"

The smile flashed back on. "Deal," she said, extending her hand. "I'm Katherine Sanborne."

"Matthew Bannon," I said. Her hand was warm and soft and about half the size of mine. I held it for only a second, but it was long enough for me to get that jolt that goes through your body when you touch someone who has touched your heart.

We had tea.

I told her about my dream to be a painter.

"Maybe I can help," she said. "I teach art. I'd love to see your work. Maybe you can bring some samples to my office tomorrow after my class."

"I thought you said those kids in the museum weren't your class."

"They're not. I don't teach high school."

"Oh, okay. That makes sense," I said. "You're pretty young. You probably wouldn't want to put up with a bunch of hormonal teenage boys all day. What grade do you teach?"

She smiled. "It's not a grade," she said. "It's a master's program. I'm a professor of Fine Arts at Parsons."

It was now official: Katherine Sanborne was beautiful and brilliant.

I was totally out of my league.

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

Apple
Barnes & Noble
Books-A-Million
Buy.com
Google eBooks
IndieBound
Kobo eBooks
Powells
Target
Walmart
iPad, iPhone, and iPod users: please search "[title]" within your iBooks App.

eBook Retailers:

Amazon  | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Sony