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Killer Move
by Michael Marshall
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William Morrow, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

MODIFIED. That is the word that is to haunt Bill Moore. He found it printed on a card on his desk at work. Bill is a real estate agent on the prowl for a very expensive house to sell and thus receive a big, big commission. He wants to move on in his life plan he is already one year behind.

He and his wife have a very good relationship and both want the same things. But ah, the big but. His wife is beginning to suspect that he is having an affair with his associate. He's not, but Stephanie isn't so sure. The first weak link.

As life goes from bad to worse, Bill isn't too sure what is happening. His computer sends out an obscene joke. He didn't do it. More off-beat occurrences, not of his doing, bring reactions from his friends, co-workers, and his wife. As his life is turning in circles, the word MODIFIED keeps appearing.

Action picks up as Bill tries without success to discover what it all means. And why it's happening!

I can't in good conscience reveal any more as the story escalates and a dead body appears. The reason for Bill's terrible dilemma seems a bit far-fetched to me but perhaps not. People are unpredictable. But. That diabolical? Decide for yourself.

Killer Move is tightly written and poor Bill a great character. He seems truly out of his depth. Strong enough, though, to never give up.

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