eBook Hit Man ePub

by Lawrence Block

eBook Hit Man ePub
Author: Lawrence Block
Language: English
ISBN: 075380798X
ISBN13: 978-0753807989
Publisher: Phoenix (1999)
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 918
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ePub file: 1225 kb
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Lawrence Block is the author of the popular series' featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr, Matthew Scudder, and Chip Harrison. Over 2 million copies of Lawrence Block's books are in print

Lawrence Block is the author of the popular series' featuring Bernie Rhodenbarr, Matthew Scudder, and Chip Harrison. Over 2 million copies of Lawrence Block's books are in print. He has published articles and short fiction in American Heritage, Redbook, Playboy, GQ, and The New York Times, and has published several collections of short fiction in book form, most recently Collected Mystery Stories. Block is a Grand Master of Mystery Writers of America. He has won the Edgar and Shamus awards four times, the Japanese Maltese Falcon award twice, as well as the Nero Wolfe award.

Keller is your basic urban Lonely Gu. e makes a decent wage, lives in a nice apartment. Works the crossword puzzle.

Lawrence Block is one of the writers I turn to when I want something enjoyable and distracting, easy to read, clever, and with enough personality and style to hold my attention

Lawrence Block is one of the writers I turn to when I want something enjoyable and distracting, easy to read, clever, and with enough personality and style to hold my attention. Keller is a Hit Man by profession, philatelist (stamp collector) by hobby, and altogether more of a regular guy and less of a sociopath than one would expect a contract killer to be. Who woulda thought? This is the first Keller novel of five total

Hit Man. (John Keller by. Lawrence Block (Goodreads Author). Keller is an assassin – he is paid by the job and works for a mysterious man who nominates hits and passes on commissions from elsewhere. Keller goes in, does the job, gets out: usually at a few hours’ notice. Often Keller’s work takes him out of New York to other cities, to pretty provincial towns that almost tempt him into moving to the woods and the lakeshores.

Home Lawrence Block Hit Ma. He unpacked, showered. The phone book had a street map of downtown Roseburg, and he studied it, getting his bearings, then tore it out and took it with him when he went out for a walk.

Home Lawrence Block Hit Man. Home. The little print shop was only a few blocks away on Jackson, two doors in from the corner, between a tobacconist and a photographer with his window full of wedding pictures.

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Find sources: "Lawrence Block" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (November 2013) (Learn how and when to remove . Keller's full name is John Paul Keller (a fact mentioned in Hit Man), although he is rarely called anything but Keller in the series.

Find sources: "Lawrence Block" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (November 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). The stories are rarely action-oriented or focused on the details of his crimes, instead being character studies of Keller's personality and the people he meets (. Keller's being hired to kill a major league baseball designated hitter but postponing the act and following the team to away games so the hitter can reach the career milestone of 400 home.

Keller is your basic urban Lonely Guy.He makes a decent wage, lives in a nice apartment.Works the crossword puzzle. Watches a little TV. Until the phone rings and he packs a suitcase, gets on a plane, flies halfway across the country...and kills somebody. It's a living. But is it a life? Keller's not sure. He goes to a shrink, but it doesn't work out the way he planned. He gets a dog, he gets a girlfriend. He gets along.
Like salted pretzels, M&M’s, Lays potato chips and all those other things that you absolutely have to have more than one of, HIT MAN fits nicely into the same category.

As with his Bernie Rhodenbarr (the Burglar) series which I love, Lawrence Block once again provides his readers with another of his quirky creations in HIT MAN. Hired assassin John Keller is a pensive guy who, between missions to kill, seems to enjoy mulling over everything from his choice of careers and his stamp collecting to dogs and fantasies about commitment and settling down to a normal life. His boss is an old guy in White Plains New York, his assignments are random in nature and he never knows where his next hit will take him.

Filled with unconventional and often amusing situations and Keller’s often unorthodox by usually organized methods, HIT MAN is a sure fire hit (no pun intended) for those who enjoy an absorbing tale featuring an engaging protagonist whose career, if somewhat immoral, is most entertaining.
This review is actually a twofer, because “Hit Man” is a collection of short stories which were originally published in “Playboy” magazine, and “Hit List” is a sequel in novel form. The central character is known simply as Keller (I’m not sure we ever read his first name), and he is a professional killer.

But have no fear; this is not a chronicle of carnage. Mr. Block is using the same device he employs in his Bernie Rhodenbarr series, except that Bernie is a compulsive burglar who loves to steal but never does any physical harm. Keller’s very essence is harm, but with minimum, and undetected, fuss. He works by appointment only. When not actually on a job, for which he is well-paid, he lives the comfortable life of an unmarried, straight male in New York City. He takes his orders from “the old man”, a semi-invalid in White Plains who is the contact for any client who wants an individual eliminated, for whatever reason. The administrative details, assignment, scheduling, payment, etc., are handled by “Dot”, the only person we, or Keller, ever meet. It is a double-blind operation, with Dot the cutout. All very clean, but each case is different, and Keller sometimes has exercise considerable imagination, which of course gives the stories their point. Of equal pleasure for the reader is the verbal byplay between Keller and Dot, who acts as his stabilizer and advisor. Of course, the chief delight for us is the knowledge that we are operating in a world of complete moral depravity and can regard it with sunny insouciance.

“Hit List”, the novel, has a slightly different starting point. The old man decides to retire and to Dot’s consternation to write his memoirs, telling all. But this is just a bump: Dot prepares a special bedtime cup of cocoa for him and later visits him with a pillow for his face. She then seamlessly takes the helm and no one really notices. The adventure continues, but now with the continuity of a novel. You’re going to love it. Five stars.
I liked this book a lot. It's hardly literature but has no pretention to be. The style is dry humor, which I love, and the author makes the protagonist very sympathetic, quite an achievement considering his job! If you've read and liked Thomas Perry's Butcher's Boy series, you'll like this. Unlike other picaresque modern novels (eg Jack Reacher), Block writes less about the weapons and techniques, and more about the hitman's daily life and interactions.
Hit Man is the first in a series of books starring J.P. Keller, a laid-back assassin who, save for his profession, is just like the rest of us: he walks his dog, goes out on dates, wonders about the lives of strangers he passes on the street, and takes up stamp collecting to alleviate his boredom. Hit Man isn't a conventional thriller; it's an unconventional portrayal of a remorseless killer as an ordinary guy.

Lawrence Block started writing about Keller in short stories that mostly appeared in Playboy. Hit Man collects many of those stories and adds more material, but it still reads like a series of related stories rather than the novel it purports to be. There is no central plot. Keller gets a call from Dot in White Plains, who works for the old man; Dot relays an assignment to Keller, or Keller gets it directly from the old man; and Keller travels to wherever and makes the hit. Along the way Keller philosophizes and muses about his life and the lives of others, whether clients, victims, or total strangers. Some hits are more difficult than others; some present Keller with ethical dilemmas, creating interesting situations for a man who operates outside the boundaries of ethical behavior. Toward the end the old man becomes a bit dotty, forcing Keller to decide whether he wants to continue working in his chosen profession.

The interplay between Dot and Keller is often hilarious. Keller is an affable killer; the stories are surprisingly lighthearted and amusing, given the subject matter. Readers looking for a thriller or a mystery might be disappointed with Hit Man. This isn't a mystery and it isn't exciting; it's a series of scenes from a man's life. The man happens to be a killer. On that basis, the book works.
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