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BOOK REVIEW: KILL ME
The unnamed narrator of KILL ME is a familiar American icon, perhaps a familiar global icon as well. He is weathly beyond the dreams of most 9-5 office workers as a result of a technological innovation which reaped huge rewards. He spent a wild, irresponsible youth but now is settled satisfactorily into an upscale suburban way of life, with a lovely wife, a bright delightful pre-school age daughter, a home in the mountains, expensive cars, a private jet, a jill of all trades to keep the office fires burning, and a love for extreme sports which takes him helicopter skiing with a group of best buddies.
Jolted by a crippling accident suffered by one of his extreme sports buddies, he is ripe for an approach by a friend - what if there were a way to ensure that one would never lie tied to tubes, with machines providing life support, and financial security draining away with each medical procedure performed?
Intrigued, he requests the opportunity to apply. After a few mysterious interviews he is accepted and pays the million dollar entry fee.
And then. And then. A potentially lethal medical condition is diagnosed. An unpleasant reminder of youthful indiscetion appears in his life. His wife will soon give birth to a second child. And most frightening of all, it seems that the persons whom he has paid to kill him will not flinch at murdering innocent bystanders to fulfill the contract. Or will they?
White's continuing protagonist Alan Gregory is a character in the story but in a marked departure from earlier books in the series, his voice brackets the opening and closing chapters. In the main story, we hear only the voice of the narrator - gradually beginning to regard him as an essentially good man, trying to find a way out of a most terrifying dilemma.
Completely and utterly engrossing. Truly a book to pick up and not put down until you've read the last page.
REVIEWED BY WOODSTOCK
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