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Title:Hit Me
Authors:Lawrence Block
Info:Mulholland Books (2013), Softcover, ARC, Trade Paperback, 352 pages
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Tags:American Fiction, Crime Fiction, Hit Man, Killer

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Hit Me by Lawrence Block (Author) (2013)



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I find myself more interest in the marketing of this book than its contents. Essentially it is a collection of novellas disguised as a novel. At no point is it called a novel--except in very small print on the title page--and each story represented here does keep its original title, but now each new scene is labeled as a chapter--unbroken across the book--so that the last section of the last story is Chapter 51. I can’t claim to have been misled because A) I would have bought it anyway, and B) I flipped through the book before making the purchase. Some of the stories had moments of meandering but I enjoyed them just the same. As usual. ( )
  JohnWCuluris | Jun 28, 2016 |
With this book, I've come to the end of the Keller series. In it, Block returns to the extended story format, but keeps Keller developing along with the others in his life throughout the "novel." Keller is now living his new life (see Hit and Run), but eventually needs cash and returns to his old career. The tales in this book are as much about the ins and outs of stamp collecting, Keller's serious hobby (and, it seems, Block's) as they are about the ins and outs of killing people. The last story ends midstream, so I live in hope that there is another Keller novel in the works (and another Matthew Scudder, for that matter).
  rebeccanyc | Jul 10, 2015 |
If GoodReads had half stars, I'd probably give it 3.5. I adore Block and his wonderful hit man Keller, but this was not as strong as previous books in the series. I found some characters' voices to be very similar and almost wondered if Dot was masquerading as the info desk woman at the YMCA in the last chapter. ( )
  vnesting | Oct 26, 2014 |
Keller, the somewhat reluctant philatelist hit man. Okay, I'll admit I've always adored this character, complicated and strangely believable as he is, with a rather unique moral code. This continuation of his story doesn't disappoint. He's moved from New York to New Orleans and gained a wife and daughter. Such is his spousal relationship that he can't bear to keep secrets. The author's done a bang-up job of making her just as complicated and strangely believable as her husband. Then there's Dot, the hit broker... Fun, funny, oddly compelling. If you haven't read one of the five Keller titles (Hit Man, Hit List, Hit Parade, Hit and Run, Hit Me) give it a try. Betcha can't read just one... ( )
  Carrie.Kilgore | Jun 20, 2014 |
The Keller hitman series lends itself well to a short story format and that is what we have here, a collection of episodes or stories connected by a character. Often this means that the reader suffers through some repetition of background details. And stamps. And then more stamps.

Keller now lives in New Orleans and where he has a successful business remodeling and flipping homes after Katrina. He’s married to Julia and has a child, Jennie, whom he loves and dotes on. Then Dot, his old “hit” contact, calls and offers him a job, The business having slacked off a little because of the subprime crisis, and wanting to add some rare and exotic stamps to his collection, Keller, with full knowledge of his wife (who gets “hot” when told of his exploits -- something I found truly abhorrent), heads off to other cities to fulfill the contract (and buy stamps.) Each case is unique and brings its own challenges. I liked the one at sea the best.

I like the series and in the past eagerly read all of Block, but Keller’s nonchalance about killing has begun to grate, not to mention Julia’s complicity in its rationalization. Keller’s greatest moral challenge is now which stamp to buy. The book does have some of the classic repartee between Dot and Keller that continues to make the book fun and interesting.

Of course, if you don’t like stamp collecting you won’t like Keller. ( )
  ecw0647 | Apr 12, 2014 |
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A man named Nicholas Edwards lives in New Orleans renovating houses, doing honest work and making decent money at it. Between his family and his stamp collection, all his spare time is happily accounted for. Sometimes it's hard to remember that he used to kill people for a living.

But when the nation's economy tanks, taking the construction business with it, all it takes is one phone call to drag him back into the game. It may say Nicholas Edwards on his driver's license and credit cards, but he's back to being the man he always was: Keller.

Keller's work takes him to New York, the former home he hasn't dared revisit, where his target is the abbot of a midtown monastery. Another call puts him on a West Indies cruise, with several interesting fellow passengers-the government witness, the incandescent young woman keeping the witness company, and, sharing Keller's cabin, his wife, Julia. But the high drama comes in Cheyenne, where a recent widow is looking to sell her husband's stamp collection...

In HIT ME, legendary Edgar Grandmaster and New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Block returns to one of his most beloved characters. Welcome back, Keller. You've been missed.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:47 -0400)

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.… (more)

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