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Hit List

Hit List

Written by Lawrence Block

Narrated by Lawrence Block


Hit List

Written by Lawrence Block

Narrated by Lawrence Block

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4/5 (6 ratings)
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5 hours
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Released:
Aug 3, 2004
ISBN:
9780060783181
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Description

Keller is a regular guy, a solid citizen. He goes to the movies, watches the tube, browses the art galleries, and works diligently on his stamp collection. But every now and then a call from the breezily efficient Dot sends him off to kill a total stranger. He takes a plane, rents a car, finds a hotel room, and gets back before the body is cold.

He's a real pro, cool and dispassionate and very good at what he does. Until one day when Dot breaks her own rule and books him for a hit in New York, his home base. She sends him to an art gallery opening, and the girl he gets lucky with steers him to an astrologer. He's a Gemini, his moon's in Taurus...and he's got a murderer's thumb.

Then the jobs start to go wrong. Targets die before he can draw a bead on them. The realization is slow in coming, but there's no getting around it: Somebody out there is trying to hit the hit man. Keller, God help him, has found his way on to somebody else's hit list.

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Aug 3, 2004
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About the author

Lawrence Block (b. 1938) is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and an internationally acclaimed New York Times bestselling author. His awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association (UK). Although he is best known for his four main mystery series, Block explored a variety of genres, including thrillers and erotica, and developed an early following as a pulp-fiction writer under a number of pseudonyms. Born in Buffalo, New York, Block has three daughters and currently lives with his wife in New York City.

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  • (2/5)
    I just read Lawrence Block's "Hit Man" collection of short stories two weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I expected this story (second in the series) to be equally entertaining but it fell far short. I have to believe that this novel was constructed/expanded out of a couple short stories because each chapter is repeating elements of the prior chapter(s) like maybe we had forgotten them in a few pages. There is just too much recapping and padding in here to qualify as a good read. The interesting story elements (such as one involving a painter) were overshadowed by long weak sections. The story starts off very slow on top of it all but a twist to this wherein the hunter might be the hunted adds a little interest. It just seems like a poorly written sloppy fix-up novel. I'll give the next book a try sometime as I like the character "Keller" in here and the first book of stories was quite entertaining.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed these short stories immensely. Although, I guess they are more episodic than entirely separate.

    Block's anti-hero is a rather boring blend into the crowd hit man. He is very normal, except he kills people. And he is likable, and yet - he kills people for hire and does it with about as much emotional angst as someone might have over firing an employee. He's not a sociopath, he's a business man.

    Block does an excellent job of making Keller both entirely normal and likeable with homey descriptions of his life between jobs, his daily activities, his hobbies and girlfriends. It's all almost boring and yet very compelling. (which is the mark of a good writer, in my opinion) And then he startles us out of our complacence with Keller killing people. More or less innocent people are killed.

    The strongest supporting character is Dot, the assistant to the old man, who gives Keller his jobs. She is tough and yet a bit motherly with lots of snark in her commentary, to which Keller plays the straight man.

    It is not particularly realistic. I found myself aware that Keller had a very casual attitude about evidence, but the characters hold it together and so I never quite lost my suspension of disbelief.
  • (4/5)
    Short stories kill my taste for detective series far quicker than reading, say, the whole Nero Wolfe corpus ever did. I still love Lawrence Block's stamp-collecting hitman Keller, but grew tired of the 'formula' pretty quick with this second instalment. The long 'quirky' conversations with his agent Dot, where one or both go off on a tangent, soon lost their charm in particular. Still, good fun and easy to read while travelling to and from work.
  • (5/5)
    It is what you'd expect if you read Hit Man: it's fast and easy to read, the characters are engaging and interesting and the morals are not stogged down your throat.The only negatives are that the segue between "scenes" is a bit choppier than in Hit Man (or Hit and Run which were both excellent reads) and there is a bit too much coverage of Keller's stamp collecting hobby. Oh, and there is some "supernatural" stuff near the 2/3 mark that didn't really seem to fit Keller's character.