Hit Man by Lawrence Block

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Keller is your basic urban Lonely Guy.He makes a decent wage, lives in a nice apartment.Works the crossword puzzle. Watches a little TV. Until the phone rings and he packs a suitcase, gets on a plane, flies halfway across the country...and kills somebody. It's a living. But is it a life? Keller's not sure. He goes to a shrink, but it doesn't work out the way he planned. He gets a dog, he gets a girlfriend. He gets along.
 

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Lawrence Block is one of the most widely recognized names in the mystery genre. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is a four-time winner of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany, and Japan. He received the Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers' Association—only the third American to be given this award. He is a prolific author, having written more than fifty books and numerous short stories, and is a devoted New Yorker and an enthusiastic global traveler.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 352 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once he’s hit his stride, and the target, Keller is ready to take out a Catholic abbot who got caught selling black-market kidneys, a wealthy informant headed for the Witness Protection Program, and in the longest and most intricate of these tales, a Denver stamp collector whose house burns to th...

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Fresh from his triumphant star turn in the short-story cycle Hit Man (1998), Block's reflective professional assassin John Keller finally fulfills his fans' dearest wish by getting a novel of his own.

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Hit man John Keller, the pro’s pro, returns in a volume that makes gestures toward being a novel but is mostly a cycle of ten stories, half of them reprints.

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As he sallies forth from his First Avenue apartment to one American city after another at the behest of the old man in White Plains, Keller ponders whether he can kill a man he's grown to like, mops up after hitting the wrong target, serves as cat's-paw for killers initially more clever than he i...

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Block's assassin, John Keller (Hit Man ;

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MWA Grand Master Block’s highly enjoyable, episodic third novel featuring philatelist and killer for hire John Keller (after 2008’s Hit and Run) finds Keller living in New Orleans under a new name with his wife, Julia, and their baby daughter.

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In the opening story, ""Answers to Soldier,"" Keller goes to a little town in Oregon in pursuit of a man who seems perfectly harmless and decent and gets to wondering what it might be like to settle there, perhaps marry the waitress in the little restaurant where he takes his solitary meals, buy ...

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Part thriller, part romance, part road trip and most of all, wickedly comedic bordering on the absurd, Hit and Run is the type of novel that should be made into a movie one day.

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Each time I closed a Keller “book” in the past, I could think about different thoughts or revelations that Keller experienced in those stories.

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Before Dexter, the OCD killer with a conscience, there was John Paul Keller (or Keller as he is familiarly known), hit man for hire, but a nice, ordinary guy most of the time.

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Book Reporter

HIT MAN collected those stories in 1998, followed by the Keller novel HIT LIST in 2000.

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At times, it’s got this wonderful absurd honesty that smacks of Salinger’s Glass Family, particularly “A Perfect Day for a Bananafish” and “De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period.” By nature, Keller is a liar, but it’s almost as if he lies to protect people, maybe from himself, because it covers up a pa...

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