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Kill me first
Morgenroth, Kate.
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First edition.
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New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.
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259 pages ; 25 cm
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The man known as Merec is not only a ruthless terrorist, he's also a cold-blooded marketer of his massacres, filming the violence he creates so he can watch them on TV. When he kidnaps Sarah, his evil reaches new heights.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Nobody likes... to think of themselves as doing anything to stay alive. They think they'd say, `Kill me first.' " These words from kidnap victim Patty Hearst set up this debut novel from a former marketing assistant at HarperCollins, but they hardly prepare readers for the intensely absorbing story to come. Sarah Shepherd, 51, has lost her husband in a car accident and despairs of her own life. She gets placed in a nursing home that has been targeted for a terrorist act by Merec, a brilliant sociopath sought by the CIA. This elusive international criminal picks his team by pitting them against one another with loaded weapons: whoever survives makes the first cut. On the Fourth of July, Merec's band gathers the home's residents together and kills most of them. Sarah shows such spunk that Merec keeps her as a hostage. His videotapes of her torture make her a media star, which provides momentum for a plan that will dupe the country and defile one of New York City's most sacred shrines. The videotapes alert Agent Tresler, an FBI man on Merec's trail, to what the killer has in mind, but he can't stop the horrifying act. Nor can he guess the unexpected kink in Merec's planÄfor Merec falls for Sarah and offers her the chance to escape. She declines, having decided that she will have a more stimulating life with Merec than on her own. Her decisionÄwhile straining credulityÄturns the tables as the captor meets his match. This is a clever and unusual thriller, unflinching in its violence, economic in its plotting and unpredictable in its psychological developments. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This intelligent thriller details the exploits of a ruthless professional killer named Merec who has a clever initiation test for those who want to join his "company"Ähe pairs up the candidates, gives them both guns, and sees who will shoot first. The survivors get the jobs. After killing nearly all of the residents of a nursing home in order to disguise his true target, Merec again pairs up the last remaining patients and gives them the opportunity to decide who will be killed first. All try to save themselvesÄexcept for Sarah Shepherd, a recent widow who asks to die. Intrigued by her request, Merec decides to take her hostage insteadÄa decision that changes both Sarah and her captor forever. With plenty of action, a truly hateful villain, and a clever FBI agent in hot pursuit, this will be popular with John Sandford fans. This refreshing first novel is recommended for popular fiction collections.ÄRebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.