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Killer Move

A book by Michael Marshall Smith.

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Secondary characters and plot line drive this novel

  • Jun 28, 2011

Just prior to being released from prison, a man agrees to his parole requirements. He is escorted from prison, catches a cab to a nearby town. On the way, he remembers what got him through his time behind bars - the knowledge that, unlike the others, he really was innocent of murder. Now, as the cab drives away from the prison, he knows that his first order of business is to get a gun. The second is to start using it.

Bill Moore is a pretty successful real estate agent for a condominium complex in the Florida Keys. One of those agents that have a monopoly on a property. He is driven to get out of Shore Realty and open his own agency. It helps that he is always working his connections, showing up at the proper parties, getting to know the right people. It also helps that he has a five year plan for success, a successful wife, and a nice home. He arrives at work one day to find a card propped up in the middle of his desk, a card with only one word on it: MODIFIED. Shorty afterward, things . . . change. For example, he secures a reservation at a high end restraurant, a reservation he doesn't remember making. Another MODIFIED card appears in his house. A book arrives from Amazon, one he doesn't remember ordering. And, worse, people around him die. Bill is thrust into something he doesn't understand, has no control over, toward an ending he can't even see, much less understand.

Michael Marshall's Killer Move draws the reader into Bill Moore's life, one that starts idyllic and then slowly spins out of control. Hard for both Moore and the reader to understand the significance of the "MODIFIED" cards, things soon become apparent as Moore's life takes some very disturbing turns. However, Marshall takes his time unravelling the significance of those cards as well as the story arc concerning the ex-convict. It adds up to a very enjoyable, suspenseful novel. Even though there are excellent plot twists, well drawn characters, gripping dialog, and dead bodies, it is very hard to empathize with Bill Moore. It could be that driven, get-ahead-at-all-costs characters don't elicit much sympathy, it could also be that Bill, a man thrust into a situation he can neither understand nor control, really doesn't begin to assert himself until late in the novel. By then, his story arc leaves the reader with a "why do I care about this guy" attitude. It's really quite disappointing, as the premise of the Killer Move is quite good and the pages seemingly fly by. However, it is hard to shake the feeling towards the central character.

Even with the criticism toward Bill Moore's characterization in Killer Move, I plan to seek out Marshall's earlier works, as he delivers a compelling plot coupled with a believable premise..

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October 27, 2011
Excellent review. We both enjoyed the novel and I thought you analyzed the plot well and gave a heartfelt review. Mike
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John Hunter is released from prison after serving sixteen years for a murder he didn't commit. He's had plenty of time to plan his revenge against the people who framed him.      Bill Moore is a real estate agent in Florida. He's successful and loves his wife but wants more. One day he notices a paper on his desk with the word "MODIFIED" on it.      He doesn't think anything about it but soon after a series of things happen and his …
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Author: Michael Marshall Smith
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: William Morrow
Date Published: 06-28-11
ISBN: 9780061434426
Format: hard cover
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