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Hit Man (Keller) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2002
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The plot is almost insignificant here. For the most part, this is not a novel at all but rather a collection of episodes, interspersed with dialogue between the killer (Keller) and his assignment maker (Dot). Block's dialogue is top notch, in this book and in all his others. The characters are engaging and realistic, half crook and half buffoon (Keller is a stamp collector)--as people are in real life. The ambience (New York City, White Plains, and sundry sites where Keller "works") are perfect.
Block follows this up with "Hit List," an equally entertaining sequel. "Hit Parade," third in the Keller series, is due this year. I can hardly wait to re-enter Keller's perverse world of murder and comedy.
HIT MAN is a short story collection about one of the best characters to arrive on the urban crime noir scene in years. Instead of being a hero, Keller is an anti-hero. The stories are all trademark Lawrence Block: gritty, exciting, and entertaining. However, what makes this terrific book so appealing is that Keller could be the guy next door taking out your sister on a date. To make matters even more interesting, Keller, despite his profession, is a likeable character. Let's hope for more Keller works in the near future. He is fascinating!
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What a great storyteller is Lawrence Block!! Who else could put the fun in assassination, I ask you readers?? Block has a gift for comedy. His delivery is fast paced and non stop. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Gabrielson
colorful and written with a great deal of affection for his main character even if he is an assassin. looking forward to further adventures in this series.Published 3 months ago by JEROME DONOWITZ
Might not be for everyone, but I was addicted to this man's life after the first book! Strongly recommend you give this series a try if you've never read any of the Keller series!Published 3 months ago by L.M.
Keller is actually a mild tempered guy who lives a normal life in NYC but his profession is that of as hired hit man. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Mallegol
What a strange series of short stories. The main character is a hit man, but the stories themselves are almost a character study. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Adams
A friend of mine recommended I read the Keller series written by Lawrence Block. This novel focuses on Keller a contract killer living in New York as a lonely single guy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Trickster
The first Keller the killer from Lawrence Block. Only Lawrence Block could write a believable story about an almost likable killer for hire. This was an interesting read.Published 5 months ago by J.C.D.