Hit Me

Hit Me

A Keller Novel

Book - 2013
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With a new wife and a baby on the way, Keller, a.k.a. Nicholas Edwards, is done killing people for money until a phone call from Dot draws him back into the old game, taking him to Dallas to settle a domestic dispute to New York, where people might remember him.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316127356
0316127353
0316224146
9780316224147
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 24 cm.

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Apr 18, 2015

Hit Me --- by --- Lawrence Block.
I could easily have put this book away after the first fifty pages (the Rule of 50): it just failed to engage. I thought maybe this novel was too sophisticated for me: no car chases or things blown up in the first ten pages: I’ve been reading way too much Cussler. But then I persevered and found that “Hit Me”, written about a hit man, ergo: Hit Man, did in fact tell a nice little story that you did want to see through to its final conclusion. You might be tempted to think of this novel as a detective novel. Except it isn’t. The star of the novel isn’t about a good guy charged on brining the bad guy to justice. No. Its about a bad guy going to kill a bunch of good guts. Except they’re not good guys: they’re all guys who had it coming to them. By the time you get involved in this novel you’ll find yourself rooting for Keller, the hit man. You end up holding your breath, hoping he won’t get caught; hoping the “job” will turn out allright. But then he gets his last assignment and that’s a complication.

gusanita Sep 06, 2013

First time I read one of Block's books. It's a bit morbid as how Keller goes about his contracts with little regard to human life but its his job. I do like the info about stamp collecting, you get t learn a bit about dead countries. Nice read, could not put the book down, fisnished it in one sitting.

B2K2rEaD Aug 15, 2013

Different style - some stories are left open !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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robhoey
Aug 04, 2013

A decent book but definitely not Block's best. It was difficult for me to sympathize with a hired killer and while Block tried to use humour to make me feel like Keller was cool, I felt he was cold. It felt like a dislikeable Dexter.

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deRougemont
May 30, 2013

It is no accident that Lawrence Block has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and has more domestic and international awards for his crime fiction than can be easily transported in a delivery truck.
In “Hit Me” he is at the top of his form. Who else could write a captivating book about a professional hit-man that contains not a single scene of murder and mayhem. His protagonist, Keller, carries out his assignments with skill and economy, but is far more interested in his family and his passion for philately than his assignments. Wonderful observations of people in ordinary situations and superb dialogue that would seem almost nonsensical at times if it were not so typical of how people actually talk to each other, combined with an appealing central character make this 5th entry in the “Keller” series a delightfully entertaining read.

emily8 May 04, 2013

recommend - always better to read a series in order (for me) - more nuance - like this and matthew and bernie series' also... he is still cranking out terrific stuff and since 1958...

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Daphne57
Mar 28, 2013

Everything I ever wanted to know about philatelists and their collections. An enjoyable read!

MBSL500 Mar 14, 2013

Agree w/ dcafk....Lawrence Block and Keller always satisfy.
This book seemed like a series of semi-connected short stories, which was ok, I guess.

ChristchurchLib Mar 11, 2013

March 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=609367

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dcafk
Mar 10, 2013

One can always count on Lawrence Block for a good story, well written and intriguing. This is no exception.

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SEBoiko
Jun 10, 2014

..., guilt is what makes you a Catholic.

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SEBoiko
Jun 10, 2014

why does the State of Texas forbid me to pile new food onto an old plate?

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SEBoiko
Jun 10, 2014

and the heartbreak of community property.

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SEBoiko
Jun 10, 2014

Other: Philatelic Theme

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