Killer Move

Killer Move

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by Michael Marshall
     
 

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“[A] subtle and unnerving story of the little things that can tip the balance of one’s life and send it spiraling into chaos.”
Publishers Weekly

Stephen King called Michael Marshall’s debut novel The Straw Men, “a masterpiece…brilliantly written and scary as hell.” With Killer Move, the

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“[A] subtle and unnerving story of the little things that can tip the balance of one’s life and send it spiraling into chaos.”
Publishers Weekly

Stephen King called Michael Marshall’s debut novel The Straw Men, “a masterpiece…brilliantly written and scary as hell.” With Killer Move, the acclaimed author of Bad Things and The Intruders demonstrates that he has only gotten better with time. The electrifying story of a man on the fast track to success who finds that his life has been chillingly “modified” by someone, somewhere with a very different master plan for his future, Killer Move is a remarkably intelligent, genuinely creepy thriller from Phillip K. Dick Award-winner Marshall.

Editorial Reviews

Times Union (Albany
”Will have readers looking over their shoulders...as Marshall drives it home with a brilliant ending....The Intruders’ originality and suspense keeps the story fresh.”
www.blogcritics.com
“[T]his book knows how to tighten your innards. Marshall anchors your sympathy with his characters, and then unravels them in subtle ways with every turn of the screw. ”
(New Iberia) - Acadiana LifeStyle Magazine
"A spooky, mysterious, suspenseful thriller, the kind that keeps you on the edge throughout."
(Gary) - Post-Tribune
"Better keep your night-light on."
Olympian (Olympia))
"Marshall is a powerful writer who sprinkles bizarre twists....It’s easy to become attached to Marshall’s fully drawn characters."
Ian Kern
“Well-crafted and intriguing. . . . The Intruders twists and turns its way through a wonderfully weird and frightening tale. The fights are bloody, the chills are sub-zero, and the finale is jaw-dropping. How can you go wrong?”
Time Magazines Union (Albany))
"Will have readers looking over their shoulders...as Marshall drives it home with a brilliant ending....The Intruders’ originality and suspense keeps the story fresh."
Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"What I love about Marshall’s work is his off-kilter view of like and death, which in The Intruders is at its most menacing.. . . . I just loved this book."
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"A mind-blowing combination of crime and horror, made all the more terrifying because the character doesn’t know why it’s all happening. Compelling and unnerving."
Time Magazines Union (Albany)
"Will have readers looking over their shoulders...as Marshall drives it home with a brilliant ending....The Intruders’ originality and suspense keeps the story fresh."
Acadiana LifeStyle magazine (New Iberia
“A spooky, mysterious, suspenseful thriller, the kind that keeps you on the edge throughout.”
Post-Tribune (Gary
“Better keep your night-light on.”
Olympian (Olympia
“Marshall is a powerful writer who sprinkles bizarre twists....It’s easy to become attached to Marshall’s fully drawn characters.”
www.BookReporter.com on BAD THINGS
“Michael Marshall is the new Stephen King, to the nth degree. He successfully complements Carol O’Connell’s tormented characters for roller-coaster-like psychological twists and thrills....BAD THINGS deserves six stars.”
SanFranciscoBookreview.com on KILLER MOVE
“This stand-alone thriller is as breathtaking as they get, and as the end approaches the reader is delighted to find that there’s probably more to come from Michael Marshal about the “modifiers” and their victims.”
New York Daily News on THE INTRUDERS
“Fluid blend of crime and horror. . . . Pervasive creepiness.”
Crimespree Magazine on THE INTRUDERS
“A well-told thriller... [that] has several unexpected curves along the way.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer on THE INTRUDERS
Keeps readers guessing with twisting plot . . . adrenaline-paced...addictive.”
Baltimore Sun on THE INTRUDERS
“The pacing is excellent, the plotting brisk. . . . Scary brilliance.”
Mystery Scene on KILLER MOVE
“Marshall’s thriller is the perfect summer read:a high concept page turner that is always rooted in character and the everyday… Killer Move is a forceful, well-crafted nightmare for the modern age. ”
Oklahoma City Oklahoman on KILLER MOVE
“A psychological thriller that will mess with your mind and leave you more than a little perturbed.”
Wired on KILLER MOVE
“Michael Marshall’s new novel, Killer Move is a lip biting and suspenseful thriller to the end.”
The Advocate on KILLER MOVE
“Stylish prose, credible characters, and clever plot...KILLER MOVE is a chilling read.”
South Florida Sun-Sentinel on THE INTRUDERS
“Keeps the reader off-kilter....Will have readers looking over their shoulders, feeling a bit paranoid themselves, as Marshall drives it home with a brilliant ending.”
Booklist on BAD THINGS
“Marshall builds up suspense slowly . . . Black Ridge – like the Maine towns populated by Stephen King’s characters – is not a place you want to visit.”
Arizona Republic on THE INTRUDERS
“The ending of this thriller is complex and creepy, but the fun is in getting there....This guy is good. Marshall knows how to create real suspense, how to dole it out slowly and catch you off guard....A story that will not let you go.”
BookReporter.com on BAD THINGS
“Michael Marshall is the new Stephen King, to the nth degree. He successfully complements Carol O’Connell’s tormented characters for roller-coaster-like psychological twists and thrills....BAD THINGS deserves six stars.”
The Mirror on THE INTRUDERS
“Welcome to the truly twisted world of Michael Marshall. He plays with your head and appeals to your own deep and dark imagination.”
Mystery Scene on THE INTRUDERS
“Fans of King, Koontz, and John Connelly’s supernatural-tinged crime novels should find much to enjoy here....[ Marshall ] infuses his mystery with elements of the fantastic that simmer, chill, and ultimately haunt the memory....Surprises to keep the pages turning right up until the last silky black paragraphs.”
Locus on THE INTRUDERS
“Remarkable.”
Hartford Books Examiner on KILLER MOVE
“Michael Marshall is a true master of the genre, and he will leave readers spellbound—and justifiably paranoid…”
Daily Mail (London) on BAD THINGS
“Fast-moving, sinister and highly accomplished…This is ferocious story-telling of the highest order, with corkscrew twists and turns that make it deliciously scary as the secrets unfold.”
Booklist on KILLER MOVE
“Marshal rachets up the stakes of his deftly written suspense novel by injecting telling, if somewhat paranoid, commentary on how regular people can be manipulated by those with the means and ways.”
Financial Times on KILLER MOVE
“Playing with expectations has always been Marshall’s forte. Here he takes a standard revenge thriller and whip-cracks it into something more satirical...this expertly constructed thriller exploits modern anxieties.”
Acadiana LifeStyle magazine (New Iberia)
“A spooky, mysterious, suspenseful thriller, the kind that keeps you on the edge throughout.”
Entertainment Weekly
“A jaw-dropping mystery that makes a hairpin turn on nearly every page.”
Janet Maslin
“A nerve-wracking story full of bizarre twists....Mr. Marshall recalls Stephen King’s ability to set a story in the world of the commonplace, then suddenly jolt it into a more hellish realm. He also has some of Mr. King’s ability to rivet attention with eerie surprises.”
Post-Tribune (Gary)
“Better keep your night-light on.”
Olympian (Olympia)
"Marshall is a powerful writer who sprinkles bizarre twists....It’s easy to become attached to Marshall’s fully drawn characters."
Hobart Mercury (Australia)
“[Marshall’s] plots lead straight into the dark woods and have a spooky and paranoid edge....The Intruders...never relents in its own, cold conviction that there is someone dangerous out there.”
Madison County Herald (Mississippi)
“The suspense kills....Marshall knows how to pull you into his net, hold you encased, and then throw a one-two punch when you’re looking the other way. The Intruders is fast, original, and thoroughly engrossing.”
Arcadian Lifestyle
“This is a psychological thriller guaranteed to keep you up at nights.”
Stephen King on STRAW MEN
“A masterpiece . . . brilliantly written and scary as hell.”
The Sun Herald (Australia)
“A genuinely scary thriller with satisfyingly malevolent villains.”
Business Day (South Africa)
“Seduce(s) the reader with its chilling momentum.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“A mind-blowing combination of crime and horror, made all the more terrifying because the character doesn’t know why it’s all happening. Compelling and unnerving.”
Cascadia Weekly
“It’s juicy reading, and the gasp-inducing ending will leave you wishing for more.”
Associated Press Staff
“Marshall creates a noir feel to the narrative as he amps up the paranoia factor…a compelling read.”
Bookreporter.com (generic quote)
“Marshall is a master of the unpredictable; nothing is as it seems, and no event can be anticipated….This guy is a marvel.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Michael Marshall...is one of those writers who can propel readers along with a rocketing, inventive plot, then stop them cold with a brilliant descriptive line that demands repeated reading....A compelling plot, characters who are completely believable and unforgettable, and sharp, smart insights into the nature of modern life.”
USA Today
“A well-constructed, terrifying story...The Intruders is so good, readers will be compelled to check out [Marshall’s] 2002 novel, The Straw Men, which Stephen King called ‘a masterpiece.’”
New York Daily News
“Fluid blend of crime and horror....Pervasive creepiness.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“taut action and appealing characters”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Keeps readers guessing with twisting plot...adrenaline-paced...addictive.”
BookPage
“Devilishly clever. . . . For fans of Stephen King as well as those of, say, Robert Cras, The Intruders is a tautly crafted page-turner of the first order.”
Baltimore Sun
“The pacing is excellent, the plotting brisk.....Scary brilliance.”
Time Out London
“Marshall does an extraordinary job. . . . The Intruders captures a sense of the menacing inevitable”
(generic quote) - Bookreporter.com
"Marshall is a master of the unpredictable; nothing is as it seems, and no event can be anticipated….This guy is a marvel."
Deadly Pleasures magazine
“What I love about Marshall’s work is his off-kilter view of like and death, which in The Intruders is at its most menacing.. . . . I just loved this book.”
Publishers Weekly
Marshall, author of the Straw Men trilogy (The Straw Men, The Upright Man, and Blood of Angels), offers a subtle and unnerving story of the little things that can tip the balance of one's life and send it spiraling into chaos. Everything is going well for Bill Moore, a successful, ambitious, happily married realtor in Sarasota, Fla., until the day he finds a card on his desk with a single word on the front: modified printed in white letters and bold type against a black background. In a sort of malicious, Kafkaesque "butterfly effect," a reservation Moore didn't make, a book he didn't order, and an e-mail he didn't send lead to increasing trouble. Meanwhile, a convicted murderer released on parole, John Hunter, sets out on a course of deadly vengeance. Marshall skillfully spins interlocking plot lines as the agents out to ruin Moore and Hunter begin to collide in nightmarish fashion. (May)
blogcritics.com
“[T]his book knows how to tighten your innards. Marshall anchors your sympathy with his characters, and then unravels them in subtle ways with every turn of the screw. ”
Oklahoma City Oklahoman
“A psychological thriller that will mess with your mind and leave you more than a little perturbed.”
Financial Times
“Playing with expectations has always been Marshall’s forte. Here he takes a standard revenge thriller and whip-cracks it into something more satirical...this expertly constructed thriller exploits modern anxieties.”
www.BookReporter.com
“Michael Marshall is the new Stephen King, to the nth degree. He successfully complements Carol O’Connell’s tormented characters for roller-coaster-like psychological twists and thrills....BAD THINGS deserves six stars.”
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Keeps the reader off-kilter....Will have readers looking over their shoulders, feeling a bit paranoid themselves, as Marshall drives it home with a brilliant ending.”
The Mirror
“Welcome to the truly twisted world of Michael Marshall. He plays with your head and appeals to your own deep and dark imagination.”
Crimespree Magazine
“A well-told thriller... [that] has several unexpected curves along the way.”
Arizona Republic
“The ending of this thriller is complex and creepy, but the fun is in getting there....This guy is good. Marshall knows how to create real suspense, how to dole it out slowly and catch you off guard....A story that will not let you go.”
Daily Mail (London)
“Fast-moving, sinister and highly accomplished…This is ferocious story-telling of the highest order, with corkscrew twists and turns that make it deliciously scary as the secrets unfold.”
BookReporter.com
“Michael Marshall is the new Stephen King, to the nth degree. He successfully complements Carol O’Connell’s tormented characters for roller-coaster-like psychological twists and thrills....BAD THINGS deserves six stars.”
Locus
“Remarkable.”
Booklist
“Marshal rachets up the stakes of his deftly written suspense novel by injecting telling, if somewhat paranoid, commentary on how regular people can be manipulated by those with the means and ways.”
Mystery Scene
“Fans of King, Koontz, and John Connelly’s supernatural-tinged crime novels should find much to enjoy here....[ Marshall ] infuses his mystery with elements of the fantastic that simmer, chill, and ultimately haunt the memory....Surprises to keep the pages turning right up until the last silky black paragraphs.”
Entertainment Weekly (Grade A
“A jaw-dropping mystery that makes a hairpin turn on nearly every page.”
The Advocate
“Stylish prose, credible characters, and clever plot...KILLER MOVE is a chilling read.”
Wired
“Michael Marshall’s new novel, Killer Move is a lip biting and suspenseful thriller to the end.”
Hartford Books Examiner
“Michael Marshall is a true master of the genre, and he will leave readers spellbound—and justifiably paranoid…”
Kirkus Reviews

A Florida realtor targeted by unknown antagonists is suspected of assorted crimes while a parolee returns to his old stomping grounds to avenge the death of the woman he was convicted of murdering.

Bill Moore makes a good living selling units for a condo chain in the Keys off the coast of Sarasota, Fla., and he's happily married to a magazine editor, Stephanie. But he wants to become super-rich. While pursuing the big deal that will enable him to start his own business, he starts receiving mysterious messages and getting packages he didn't order, all tagged with the word "Modified." When his wife walks out on him after discovering convincingly faked photos of him in a tryst with a co-worker, he becomes an odd man out desperate to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, the convict, John Hunter, is carrying out a cold-blooded plan that involves abducting the man whose $8 million house Bill is hoping to make a killing on. When people around him start dying, Bill begins questioning everyone: Is it possible his wife has set him up for a fall? A solid, workmanlike writer, Marshall (The Intruders,2007, etc.) evokes the Florida setting quite well. Atmosphere is his strong suit. But much of novel seems forced and secondhand. Moore is not particularly likable, and Hunter is one of the less memorable killers in recent crime fiction.

A mildly enjoyable thriller that sets up a sequel on which only committed fans of the author may want to take a flyer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061434433
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,195,149
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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“Well-crafted and intriguing. . . . The Intruders twists and turns its way through a wonderfully weird and frightening tale. The fights are bloody, the chills are sub-zero, and the finale is jaw-dropping. How can you go wrong?”

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