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Hit Man (Keller) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2002
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And that is mainly because Lawrence Block doesn't write "crime" either, he writes books, meaning he has got style and a "little music" of his own, something that hooks you instantly and leaves you no choice but to read on. I read here and there that some reviewers had trouble with the fact that the main character, Keller, is a hitman. Though it's true that usually main characters are heroes, people you WANT to identify with, Block's main character may actually be disturbing because you CAN identify with him: he's got issues, doubts, thoughts, and even a sense of morals. And you MUST like him, because he's hilarious and human.
The construction of the book is original: each chapter is a new mission for Keller, yet there are connections between the stories, and the reader gets to know him better, and to love him more and more. Not in spite or because of the fact that he's a killer, just because he is loveable. And maybe because, behind the entertaining aspect of his adventures, the humour and the style of Block's prose, one can find something deeper.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So glad I came across this series!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. Lawrence Block has a HIT, in "Hit Man". Read morePublished 1 day ago by jojoC
Smooth transitions, interesting characters and funny situations keep you moving. Try it, you'll like it. There is some violence but it is almost an afterthought. Read morePublished 3 days ago by S.F. Johnson
I really don't like murderers even though he was interesting, I won't be reading any more of his books. They just aren't my thing.Published 12 days ago by Charla Davis
Recommended by my father, who got me hooked on Block's Matt Scudder books, and I think I've got a new reading list for the Summer. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
Intelligent, attention grabbing, in the simplest way it's extremely complex, The book is more about the man then the hit man. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jersey joe
Lawrence Block's character Keller is always a winner. This is the second time I'm reading the whole series, and it's wonderful!Published 1 month ago by BarbaraJ