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Getting Off: A Novel of Sex & Violence (Hard Case Crime) Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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"One of the best books of this or any year." - BookReporter
"...you’ll be rooting for this thoroughly beguiling serial killer on a mission. A pro’s pro, Block never wastes a word, never misplaces a plot element... it also boasts Block’s legendary craftsmanship, sly humor, and virtuoso plotting. The premise is to die for!" - Booklist
"[A] fun, fast-paced read full of steamy moments and a twist ending... a must have for pulp fiction fans." - Celebrity Cafe
"A great read from cover to cover... believe me when I say that you are in for a wonderful time." - Horror News
"A perfect treat." - Affairs Magazine
"Block has, once again, created a tale to excite and absorb even the most jaded reader of crime fiction." - Eclipse Magazine
"... compulsively readable... with a character that has a lot more to offer the reader than the genre typically maintains." - The Daily Rotation
Praise for Lawrence Block:
"There is only one writer of mystery and detective fiction who comes close to replacing the irreplaceable John D. MacDonald...The writer is Lawrence Block." - Stephen King
"Unfailingly entertaining." - The New York Times
"One of the very best writers now working the beat." - The Wall Street Journal
"Lawrence Block is a master of crime fiction." - Jonathan Kellerman
About the Author
Lawrence Block is one of the most acclaimed and highly decorated living mystery writers, having received multiple Edgar, Shamus and Maltese Falcon Awards, as well as lifetime achievement awards in the US, UK, and France.
He was named a "Grand Master" by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization's highest honor. In the 1960s and 70s he wrote seven novels under the pen name "Jill Emerson," a pseudonym he is reviving for the first time in nearly 40 years for Getting Off.
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Kit Tolliver is the over-stimulated female version of one of Block’s other characters, John Keller from the Hit Man series. She is an unrepentant black-widow serial killer who seduces men only to kill them in exotic fashion afterwards. The story stretches credibility at times. How can a woman leave so much DNA at so many crime scenes and not be caught eventually? But, c’mon, this is not supposed to be CSI! It’s a cross between the adults-only Nightshade Books of the 1950’s and the much-beloved Gold Medal pulp crime paperbacks of the 1960’s.
My only quibble is that it became obvious this novel started out as a series of short stories. It could have used a stronger editorial influence. Many “episodes” contain needless repetition of earlier events and some odd time lapses are not fully explained.
Chapter by chapter, Mr Block reveals aspects of Tolliver's psyche to the reader, explaining her actions and beliefs in a convincing, entertaining and most significantly, highly moving manner. The stories are not funny - how could they be? - but once you are over the shock of the events transcribed in each chapter, you may well find yourself rooting for Katherine and glad that the police are unable to even make an appearance, let alone come close to apprehending the kinky serial killer.
The book's highlight comes in part seven, with strong emotional bonding between Kit and her victim as well as the reader. The ending to this particular case is macabre and yet borderline hysterically funny. Don't laugh too hard, however, unless you want to find yourself being analysed by the family psychologist, as well.
Other readers have criticised the piece meal presentation of the stories, especially readers who are ignorant of their alternative existence in short form. The criticism should be pointed squarely at the feet of the marketing department of the publisher of this amazing series of crime novels, instead of Mr Block. They were written as short stories, and probably need to be read as such. Devoted fans of the world famous crafter of mystery fiction, however, can just as easily read this as a single novel and still get just as much out of it as the short story aficionados do.
In summary, I award this new release a well deserved four stars. One more classic to add to your library, and one more feather in the cap of the 20th century's greatest living crime novelist.