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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. Almost but not quite.

But then one job goes wrong in a way Keller has never imagined and it leaves him with a big problem. Finding himself with an orphan on his hands, Keller's job begins to interfere with his carefully guarded life. And once you let someone in to your life, they tend to want to know what you do when you're away. And killing for a living, lucrative though it is, just doesn't find favour with some folks.

Topics: Assassins, Murder, Midlife Crisis, First in a Series, Suspenseful, Black Humor, and Short stories

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061796685
List price: $6.99
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Great book. Series of short stories revolving around Keller. His wry humor will make you want to read the next ones. Funny stuff with interesting plot.more
I like Lawrence Block, especially the Scudder series. Hitman, a standalone, chronicles the life (in short vignettes) of John Keller, ur average New Yorker who's ur decent apartment neighbour who once in a while takes a flight to assassinate people. He's likeable, polite, and wields his own brand of right and wrong. When he comes to the crossroads of whether his "job" is getting the better of him, quirky things begin to happen. This includes a psychiatrist, a dog, a romantic fling, and a hobby. The story is very much noir / blck humour and quirky enough to keep u hooked. The sessions with the shrink alone is worth the price of the book! Highly recommended.more
I was very surprised at how much I liked this story - if you like books about bad things that aren't also full of morals, you should like this too. It's not a mystery/thriller... and it's not much like a true crime novel either - it's sorta like a character study, except the character you're studying happens to be a contract killer. He isn't cruel at all, but also is not soft n' cuddly either. The book does not explore the morals or reasons behind Keller's job, or even go much into details on how he kills (it's not gory at all)... it's more like an insight into some guy's mind that you would expect to be abnormal or exciting, or something, but turns out that he really isn't that much different from other people who don't happen to kill for a living.more
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Great book. Series of short stories revolving around Keller. His wry humor will make you want to read the next ones. Funny stuff with interesting plot.more
I like Lawrence Block, especially the Scudder series. Hitman, a standalone, chronicles the life (in short vignettes) of John Keller, ur average New Yorker who's ur decent apartment neighbour who once in a while takes a flight to assassinate people. He's likeable, polite, and wields his own brand of right and wrong. When he comes to the crossroads of whether his "job" is getting the better of him, quirky things begin to happen. This includes a psychiatrist, a dog, a romantic fling, and a hobby. The story is very much noir / blck humour and quirky enough to keep u hooked. The sessions with the shrink alone is worth the price of the book! Highly recommended.more
I was very surprised at how much I liked this story - if you like books about bad things that aren't also full of morals, you should like this too. It's not a mystery/thriller... and it's not much like a true crime novel either - it's sorta like a character study, except the character you're studying happens to be a contract killer. He isn't cruel at all, but also is not soft n' cuddly either. The book does not explore the morals or reasons behind Keller's job, or even go much into details on how he kills (it's not gory at all)... it's more like an insight into some guy's mind that you would expect to be abnormal or exciting, or something, but turns out that he really isn't that much different from other people who don't happen to kill for a living.more
I'd never read any Lawrence Block before, and picked up "Hit Man" on a whim. What I found was an author who could write circles around a lot of his peers. This is a tight, deft narrative about a man we should despise. Instead, we come to care about Keller, and understand something of what drives him, of what makes him human. I really recommend this book highly, not just for entertainment value, but if you want to learn more about the craft of writing and how an effective narrative is constructed.more
Did you ever think you would find yourself sympathizing with the plight of a professional hit man? After reading Lawrence Block's story about John Keller you might change your mind. Hit Man is the first novel of four in this long running series. This book was written in the late 90's but has continued through to today with Block's latest story in the series, Hit and Run; which was released earlier this year. If you like mob style stories and wish to venture into a new serial series than Hit Man is right up your alley. Just be sure to keep your eyes open at all times, because you never know who is in the alley with you.more
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