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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Keller had to disappear after the mess in a previous novel in th
So, to keep his head above water, sustain his appetite to keep on buying stamps for his collection and just keep himself busy, he allows himself to be talked into accepting an assignment or three. These take him to Dallas, on a Caribbean cruise, thence to Wyoming and Buffalo. And coinciding with each, he manages to indulge his interest in stamps.
The author manages to keep the reader’s interest at a peak on both subjects, with fascinating twists on each homicide mission. And the cryptic conversations with Dot, who brings him each undertaking, are not only amusing and droll, but in keeping with the over-all tenor of the characters. Of course, the novel is on a par with the high quality of previous Keller books in the series, and is recommended.
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Then along came Hit Me.
I was elated. I even did a pre-order, which is a rare thing for me. When the day of delivery came, I cracked open the book with a hunger to learn about how life had progressed for my favorite professional assassin.
I made it about halfway through, and things were looking good. Then I hit a wall, and I did something I have never done with a Keller novel. I put it down and walked away. I forced myself to pick it up and finish it today, just to be certain I gave it a fair read before reviewing it.
Here's where I think the author fell flat.
When you pick up a book about a hit man, you expect to read about assassinations. Not necessarily bloodshed and slaughter. Mr. Block has always been the master of understated action, whether during a hit or in the bedroom. I've always admired him for that, and at the same time, I've often wondered what, if anything, would prompt Mr. Block to reach for greater detail?
In the second half of this book I found my answer.
A man who will gloss over an assassination that had been built up for forty previous pages and clear his throat past a love scene will drone on ad nauseum for page after page about small squares of paper that are no longer even suited for their intended purpose. I felt like a boy asking his grandpa about World War II and having to sit through slides of his 1963 vacation to Stumblef*** Missouri to see the world's largest ball of ear wax instead.
Don't get me wrong, I understand that Mr. Block's intent was to show Keller/Edward's evolution from hit man to family man. I get that he would have to have a viable means of making money, and that a return to construction as a lucrative trade in today's economy would smack of a Deus Ex Machina. But don't beat us over the head with it.
If the ending of this book is anything to go by, there will be a sixth book. Knowing myself as I do, I'll end up buying it. I just hope that what I find will be more of the old Keller and less of the Chattering Philatelist.
posted by 18931632 on February 19, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2013
Posted February 27, 2013
This was bad. It was not Block's original work. He delt with stamps collection thought the book. I would recomend the book only for stamp collectors.
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Posted February 13, 2013