The 13-minute Murder

The 13-minute Murder


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Dead man running: Psychiatrist Randall Beck specializes in PTSD cases -- and his time is limited. Especially when he uncovers a plot to kill a presidential candidate.
113 minutes: Molly Rourke's son has been murdered -- and she knows who's responsible. Now she's taking the law into her own hands. Never underestimate a mother's love.
The 13-minute murder: Micheal Ryan can kill anybody in just minutes -- from the first approach to the clean escape. His skills have served him well, and he has a grand plan: to get out alive and spend his earnings with his beloved wife, Maria. An anonymous client offers Ryan a rich payout to assassinate a target in Harvard Yard. It's exactly the last big job he needs to complete his plan. The precision strike starts perfectly, then somehow explodes into a horrifying spectacle. Ryan has to run and Maria goes missing. Now the world's fastest hit man sets out for one last score: Revenge. And every minute counts.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781538733042
Branch Call Number: FIC PATTERSON, JAMES
Characteristics: 453 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Thirteen-minute murder


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Aug 04, 2019

Three stories. The first (dead man running) is completely unbelievable: one "regular" couple can defeat a mad politician and her full well trained crew (corrupted FBI) in less than a day... One star.
The second story (113 minutes) is the best. Makes sense, not too foolish, and unexpected end. four stars.
The third and last (13-min murder): you can skip it. Totally uninteresting, just a pile of dead bodies. 0 star.
182 good pages out of 450. 2 stars for the whole book.More than disappointing.

Jun 30, 2019

I thought I was getting a new book by James Patterson himself. Instead what I got was a book with three different stories, each co-authored by a different person. Each is about 150 pages, give or take some. My overall rating is for the book combined. What follows (without spoilers) is my take on the individual stories. DEAD MAN RUNNING (with Christopher Farnsworth) - this first story is the most tightly written and realistic of the three (although it gets a bit loose in spots). I liked it 2nd best of the 3. 113 MINUTES (with Max DiLallo) - this is my favorite of three. It has the best story line and really twisted (but decent) ending I didn't see coming. It is somewhat less tightly written than the 1st one and there are some leaps of logic, but I liked it a lot. Never did figure out the numbered chapter headings (you'll see what I mean). 13-MINUTE MURDER (with Shan Serafin) - My least favorite of the three. Weird story with a lot of holes in the story line and some truly gruesome elements. All murder stories are gruesome by nature - but in this one the "gruesome" is too gratuitous. If I had known this was three, co-authored, novella-length stories, I might have demurred. Why the book was named after one of the stories, I can't imagine.

May 05, 2019

This was a great collection of three stories about murder. The were devious, interesting and i the third a little bit of humor (if murder can ever be considered humorous). Good, interesting and different plot lines. Quick reads to fill in a few hours each.


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