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  1. says:

    When his finances get into trouble, Keller finds himself back in business with Dot and dispatching targets in the only way he knows how.In the interest of full disclosure, I received this ARC from Lawrence Block in exchange for reviewing it Hell, when your favorite living crime writer gives you an ARC, you drop what you re doing it and read it.First off, I loved the way Hit and Run ended and thought maybe bringing Keller back was a mistake However, the way Block did it, with Keller s business When his finances get into trouble, Keller finds himself back in business with Dot and dispatching targets in the only way he knows how.In the interest of full disclosure, I received this ARC from Lawrence Block in exchange for reviewing it Hell, when your favorite living crime writer gives you an ARC, you drop what you re doing it and read it.First off, I loved the way Hit and Run ended and thought maybe bringing Keller back was a mistake However, the way Block did it, with Keller s business flipping houses tanking, made perfect sense, and Keller s new family dynamic added some extra twists Block s writing is as it has been for the duration of the Keller series breezy but still powerful He even made me care about stamp collecting for a couple hours.In this outing, Keller starts a business, brokers a deal on an amazing stamp collection, goes on a cruise, and kills some people I phrase it like that because, for me, the Keller books areabout what Keller does when he isn t out on a job His relationships with his wife Jule, his daughter Jenny, and the ever present Dot, as well as his wrestling with ethical and philosophical issues, keep the stories fresh and show the man behind the murders.The jobs are interesting too Keller has to take out a man s wife before he divorces her, return to New York to take out an abbot, kill a young bride s much older husband, and tries to find out who made an attempt on a targets life before he had the chance, all the while busying himself with family and philately.That s about all I have to say If you re looking for a view behind the curtain of the murder for hire business, give Lawrence Block s Keller series a try Hit Me may be the best one yet


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    Back at the beginning of this series, professional hit man Keller would often fantasize about retiring and buying a house in one of the cities he visited while on the job, and circumstances beyond his control eventually pushed into that very situation When we last saw him, Keller was living in New Orleans under a new name and with a new job that didn t involve murdering people for money It seemed as if Lawrence Block, had written a happy ending for the guy, and it was a very satisfactory way t Back at the beginning of this series, professional hit man Keller would often fantasize about retiring and buying a house in one of the cities he visited while on the job, and circumstances beyond his control eventually pushed into that very situation When we last saw him, Keller was living in New Orleans under a new name and with a new job that didn t involve murdering people for money It seemed as if Lawrence Block, had written a happy ending for the guy, and it was a very satisfactory way to close out Keller s story.So I was a little nervous when I heard that Block had a new Keller book coming out It felt like there was a lot of potential to screw up an ending that I liked a lot I should have hadfaith in the writer who has brought Matt Scudder back from apparent conclusions several times.Keller is happy in New Orleans with his wife and infant daughter The construction business he got into has taken a hit with the housing bust, but he still has enough money banked to make ends meet Of course, a serious philatelist like Keller could always usemoney for his hobby, and when an opportunity to resume his former job in Dallas coincides with a stamp auction he wanted to attend, Keller finds himself back in the murder for hire game.Like most of the other Keller books, this is really a series of long short stories about different jobs that Keller works Note to TV executives, if you re looking for another book series to adapt, check this out Each Keller s story could be an episode I have some ideas Call me In addition to his Dallas trip, Keller also takes a cruise, makes a homecoming trip to New York and tries to work a job around his appraisal of a large stamp collection.While this is as entertaining and engaging as the other Keller books, I gotta say that I was a little depressed while reading it Keller enthusiasm for his work always waxed and waned, but there was always the feeling that he was working towards getting out someday Seeing Keller back on the job when he really doesn t need the money saddened me a bit I feared that it was making him seemselfish and unfeeling than he d been previously.Fortunately, Block deals with this directly, and I still thought that Keller is a petty decent guy despite what he does by the end of the book It s a testament to Block s skill in crafting such a great character that I think I d bethan happy to read another book if it was just Keller s adventures in stamp collecting with absolutely no murder for hire


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    Of all the characters that Lawrence Block has created, my second favorite after Matthew Scudder is John Paul Keller, philatelist and hit man Keller orginially appeared in a series of short stories that were published in Playboy and other magazines Later, some of the stories were collected in Hit Man, and since then Keller s adventures have been chronicled in three other books This is the fifth in the series.Keller had earlier attempted to retire He had moved from New York, his long time ho Of all the characters that Lawrence Block has created, my second favorite after Matthew Scudder is John Paul Keller, philatelist and hit man Keller orginially appeared in a series of short stories that were published in Playboy and other magazines Later, some of the stories were collected in Hit Man, and since then Keller s adventures have been chronicled in three other books This is the fifth in the series.Keller had earlier attempted to retire He had moved from New York, his long time home base, to New Orleans There he became Nicholas Edwards, acquiring along the way a wife and fathering a young daughter As Edwards, Keller created a business rehabbing houses that had been damaged by Hurricane Katrina But then the Great Recession hit New Orleans along with the rest of the country, and the rehabbing business dried up to virtually nothing.Keller is not destitute by any means After a long and successful career as a hit man, he has off shore accounts, after all But he is accustomed to a certain lifestyle which is now crimped by the lack of income In particular, he has a growing stamp collection that is expensive to maintain.Fortuitously, he receives a call from Dot, the woman who used to give Keller his assignments back in New York Dot has also retired and moved to Sedona, Arizona She s grown bored, though, and has gone back into business, scheduling hits She wonders is Keller might be interested in an assignment.He is And thus begins a series of jobs that will take Keller to a variety of cities and even on a cruise as he carries out his appointed duties Often, he is able to work in stops at stamp conventions and dealers, growing his collection with the money he is now earning.It s all a great deal of fun and Keller is a very engaging character He is, by turn, wistful, melancholy, reflective and playful Even though is is an assassin for hire, he has his own moral code and he remains true to himself The addition of a wife and child make him an eveninteresting and well rounded character, and it s great to have him back My only regret about the book is that I liked it so much I devoured it over the course of one afternoon and evening, rather than taking the time to savor it over several days


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    Ok I have been away from GR for a couple of months now and so am just starting the wade through the books I have read since my last visit So the disappointing ones first That way I can at least feel I am moving the log jam and the good stuff can flow freely This was weird because although it was an horrendous story it was quite page turney though as I imbibed it on my kindle it wasof a page click but you know what I mean One of a series but as this is the only one I have read I cann Ok I have been away from GR for a couple of months now and so am just starting the wade through the books I have read since my last visit So the disappointing ones first That way I can at least feel I am moving the log jam and the good stuff can flow freely This was weird because although it was an horrendous story it was quite page turney though as I imbibed it on my kindle it wasof a page click but you know what I mean One of a series but as this is the only one I have read I cannot really speak about its forebears or where it stands in the whole work itself but I have to say I found the main character horrible The whole premise is of a bloke who kills for huge amounts of money, just accepts the contract and does the deed Block is rather cowardly in the novel though I feel because although he appears to be claiming to be describing an amoral contract killer he balks at actually presenting it in that way and conveniently the victims are always found to have been traitorous or loathsome or foully disingenuous themselves thus in some weird way lessening the action on the part of his anti hero This was disingenuous on Block s part I felt because if you are presenting the story as the workings of an amoral character then do not retreat from that into some sort of murder justification Keller is vicious and cold and cruel and his wife, don t get me started on that vile cow She gets ultra turned on when she discovers what her husband does for a living and I found the whole ridiculous concept of caring wife mother or of Keller s loving caring dad husband angle weirdly unswallowable Both of them self justify and excuse and I did not like them or find them in anyway convincing Bonnie and Clyde they were not but she appeared to take to having a hand in the slaughter of people like a duck to water and floated along quite merrily afterwards with only a slight nod in the direction of unconvincing angst Just did not ring truethough admittedly my previous experience of contract killers and their vile spouses is, to my knowledge, fairly limited I had fartime for his boss Dot who is at least openly uncaring and proud of her bitch credentials She I found interesting in a scary way.All in all Not a series I will rush to read anyof One book down lotsto go


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    Keller has retired from the hitman business, devoting his time to rehabilitating houses in New Orleans, his family, and his stamps Then the crash set in, and he starts killing people like he never left It s okay To be honest, I like his burglar books better.


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    Stuff to do, places to go, including catching a flightbut I had to finish off this great collection of hits Keller has almost convinced me to look into stamp collecting with this fascinating series of jobs He makes a visit to study what is coming up on auction and is very excited at the thought of putting in a winning bid This was the straight goods, the genuine article All he had to do to go home with it was outbid any other interested collectors And he could do that, too, and without Stuff to do, places to go, including catching a flightbut I had to finish off this great collection of hits Keller has almost convinced me to look into stamp collecting with this fascinating series of jobs He makes a visit to study what is coming up on auction and is very excited at the thought of putting in a winning bid This was the straight goods, the genuine article All he had to do to go home with it was outbid any other interested collectors And he could do that, too, and without straining his budget or dipping into his capital But first he d have to kill somebody There are many highly amusing conversations by phone with Dot who talks him intojobs Even though he had intended to stay out of the game and stick close to home in New Orleans with this wife and baby daughter, Jenny On one of these jaunts Keller is thinking of his mother when he obeys the hotel sign that advises him to throw his towels on the floor He knows his mother would not have approved and these thoughts bring him into a somnambulant conversation with his dead mother My stars, Johnny You ve gone clear across the country to spend a week in the middle of nowhere, and all you re getting for your trouble is some stamps He tried to explain, but his mother wasn t having any If I sent you to town to sell our cow, she said, I swear you d come home with a handful of magic beans You remember that story You used to love that story, and I used to love telling it to you, but I never for a moment thought you d take it as gospel Since I came late to the Keller table, I know I havebooks to look forward to Great stuff


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    The fifth Keller novel, about a hitman and actuallyabout the morality and life of ordinary people Keller never has been to much of a moral knight he sees his profession as a way to earn money and have a life.In this fifth installment we see Keller, by now married and having a daughter, returning to his old trade after the market on houses and all connected has gone down the drain Dot is still his manager even if she has relocated herself and reinvented her life as well.This book is about The fifth Keller novel, about a hitman and actuallyabout the morality and life of ordinary people Keller never has been to much of a moral knight he sees his profession as a way to earn money and have a life.In this fifth installment we see Keller, by now married and having a daughter, returning to his old trade after the market on houses and all connected has gone down the drain Dot is still his manager even if she has relocated herself and reinvented her life as well.This book is about Keller s journey from hitman to reluctant stamp salesman and his gradual goodbye to the game When in the final pages a big game changer tales place.As always a great book about killing, living and stamps Lawrence Block undoubtedly has someKeller up his sleeve and I do not doubt my intention of reading them For those who have not read any, start at the beginning Well worth yourwhile


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    More like 3.5 stars I just didn t feel a lot of urgency in any of these tales, so it wasof a draggy read than prior entries in the series But I ll always love Keller for the philately.


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    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 thenstamps.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 cont 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 thenstamps.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


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    I think Hit Me is supposed to be the last book of the Keller s Greatest Hits series I like Mr Block s solid writing, I like how he wrote about Keller the hit man, I like how Keller is so damn sexy when he is assassinating people hard at work I m not shy to admit Keller makes the top of my Book Boyfriends List, even though he s with wife and kid now I like the interaction among Keller, his wife, his agent Dot and all those stamp collecting friends of his.Most of the murder mysteries in the I think Hit Me is supposed to be the last book of the Keller s Greatest Hits series I like Mr Block s solid writing, I like how he wrote about Keller the hit man, I like how Keller is so damn sexy when he is assassinating people hard at work I m not shy to admit Keller makes the top of my Book Boyfriends List, even though he s with wife and kid now I like the interaction among Keller, his wife, his agent Dot and all those stamp collecting friends of his.Most of the murder mysteries in the book are avenge but they do have their moments to shine I know I m going to miss Keller and companies if Mr Block really decided he would not writebook about him 4 stars


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Hit Me The Conclusion Of Hit And Run Found Keller Living In A Big Old House In Post Katrina New Orleans, With A New Name, A New Wife, A New Career Rehabbing Houses, And A Baby On The Way It Certainly Looked As Though He Was Done Killing People For MoneyBut Old Habits Die Hard, And When The Economic Downturn Knocked Out The Construction Business, A Phone Call From Dot Draws Him Back Into The Old Game His Work Takes Him To Dallas, To Settle A Domestic Dispute To Florida, Where He Joins A Government Witness On A West Indies Cruise To Wyoming, Where A House Has Burned Down And To New York, Where He Lived For So Many Years, And Where People Might Remember Him