I Kill Hardcover – Jun 1 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Personal tragedies affect almost everyone involved in Faletti's well-constructed serial killer novel set in glitzy Monte Carlo. FBI agent Frank Ottobre is recovering in Monaco from his wife's death by visiting his friend police commissioner Nicolas Hulot when the first deaths occur, of an American race car driver and the celebrated driver's chess champion girlfriend. Ottobre is soon drawn into a baffling case where the killer goads police with untraceable phone calls to Jean-Loup Verdier, the principality's most popular radio host, before each murder. As the victim count mounts, so does the suspense in this fine cat-and-mouse game of skill and subtlety. A smooth translation and several intriguing subplots, one of which features a powerful American general intent on vigilante justice, keep the pace moving briskly, despite the unusual length. First published in Italy in 2002, this winning novel marks Milan-based publisher Baldini Castoldi Dalai's entry into the U.S. market. (June)
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"Faletti has a poetic voice that glimmers clearly through this new English translation of his Italian bestseller." Fangoria
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The writing is easy to stay with. Sometimes a book can get so involved in material that has no significant relation to the story (Girl With Dragon Tatoo has so much "extra" stuff that I almost stopped "listening to it on audio.)....the story keeps you going forward...you are never bored...each chapter ends with you wanting to keep reading to find out more.
I read on the dust jacket that it is expected to be made into a movie...I can't wait to see those details!!!
However, there are lots of subplots, many of which never resolve. It would appear that editorial oversight never came within fifty meters of this book.
And then there are the characters. There is the impossibly young, impossibly beautiful international grandmaster in chess. There is the villain (well hidden for most of the book) who is stronger than even the toughest Special Forces Op the Army has ever created. The only explanation for his strength is that his father was in the French Special Forces. So, who knew that a father's physical conditioning can become part of his genetic makeup, besides Lysenko?
There is the villain, whose real motivation for his unspeakable crimes is a bad family upbringing. And then there are the victims, who seem to be part of a plan as the murders occur, but then those plots threads are all left dangling.
The book sold 5 million copies in Europe. I'm puzzled to a complete degree why it did. I believe the author with some good editorial direction could produce some high quality work. His first book did not benefit from that, to everyone's loss.
Storyline is one already used many many times, hearing voices, depression, FBI agent barely living after being hurt in another case, and it is just yada yada , and the italics is just another irritation, why so much when it doesn't really pertain to the main story, just adds a lot of extra pages and this books is way way too long
Hopefully no more will be translated into English! Everyone has the right to their opinion.