13 Minute Murder, James Patterson

The latest collection of short stories co-written by James Patterson is 13 Minute Murder.

13 Minute Murder

13 Minute Murder opening line: Strolling through the halls of Harvard University, plotting the murder of one of its more notable students, mulling over my options – poison, piano wire, maybe a knife – I had to stop and ask myself the obvious question: How would Anna Karenina do it?

13 Minute Murder

Michael Ryan can kill anybody in just minutes – from the first approach to the clean escape. An anonymous client offers Ryan a rich pay out to assassinate a target in Harvard Yard. It’s exactly the last big job he needs to walk away from his life as a hit-man. But the hit goes horribly wrong, and now his beloved wife Maria is missing. Now the world’s fastest hit-man sets out for one last score: revenge. And every minute counts.

My verdict:

This short story written together with Shan Serafin was excellent. I shall be on the lookout for more novels written by this author.

Dead Man Running opening line: Dr. Randall Beck sat in his office and looked across the coffee table at his patient.

Dead Man Running

Dr Randall Beck is an eccentric psychiatrist with a terminal disease. This makes him fearless, which comes in handy when a patient is murdered before his eyes – a patient with an unspeakable secret.

My verdict:

This was a perfectly believable story written together with Christopher Farnsworth. I would not mind a follow on to the novel in a longer format.

Kill and Tell opening line: I almost choked on my sip of whiskey when I read the text from my agent.

Kill and Tell

Famous film director Wayne Tennet stands accused by his stepdaughter of crossing the line. Falsely, he swears. Now his life and career hang in the balance. But why would she lie?

My verdict:

Of the three short stories in this compilation, the one co-written with Scott Slaven was my least favourite.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781787462199
Format Paperback
Published April 2019

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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