Getting Off: A Novel of Sex and Violence

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SO THIS GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR...

...and when she walks out there's a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better.

On her way out, she cleans out his wallet. She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address.

She's been doing this for a while, and she's good at it. And then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got ...

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Overview

SO THIS GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR...

...and when she walks out there's a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better.

On her way out, she cleans out his wallet. She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address.

She's been doing this for a while, and she's good at it. And then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got away, the lucky ones who survived a night with her.

She starts writing down names. And now she's a girl with a mission. Picking up their trails. Hunting them down. Crossing them off her list...

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"One of the best books of this or any year." - BookReporter

"...you’ll be rooting for this thoroughly beguiling serial killer on a mission. A pro’s pro, Block never wastes a word, never misplaces a plot element... it also boasts Block’s legendary craftsmanship, sly humor, and virtuoso plotting. The premise is to die for!" - Booklist

"[A] fun, fast-paced read full of steamy moments and a twist ending... a must have for pulp fiction fans." - Celebrity Cafe

"A great read from cover to cover... believe me when I say that you are in for a wonderful time." - Horror News

"A perfect treat." - Affairs Magazine

"Block has, once again, created a tale to excite and absorb even the most jaded reader of crime fiction." - Eclipse Magazine

"... compulsively readable... with a character that has a lot more to offer the reader than the genre typically maintains." - The Daily Rotation

Praise for Lawrence Block:

"There is only one writer of mystery and detective fiction who comes close to replacing the irreplaceable John D. MacDonald...The writer is Lawrence Block." - Stephen King 

"Unfailingly entertaining." - The New York Times 

"One of the very best writers now working the beat." - The Wall Street Journal 

"Lawrence Block is a master of crime fiction." - Jonathan Kellerman 

Library Journal
In Hard Case Crime's first hardcover release, Block slips into his Jill Emerson persona to present a "novel of sex and violence." Child incest victim Katherine Anne Tolliver grows up to have a killer face, killer bod, and killer personality—as in, serial killer. After murdering her parents, she goes on a cross-country killing spree that makes Ted Bundy look like Mickey Mouse. The überslut psycho bitch has a seemingly unquenchable thirst for sex and murder. She's obsessed with tracking down every guy she's ever slept with (Google, every killer's best friend), giving him another thrill ride in the sack, and then doing him in (and since he's dead, might as well take his money). Her bed 'em and dead 'em plan takes her through a series of fleabag hotels, greasy spoons, and low-end jobs (the pay stinks, but she gets to butcher her boss). Fate brings her to board in a house owned by Rita. The two become fast friends and, ultimately, bedmates who share every secret. VERDICT Featuring truckloads of hard-core sex and violence, this sleazefest isn't for everybody, but taken in the spirit in which it's presented, it's a trashy, fun read.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857685827
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Series: Hard Case Crime
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 417,814
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Block is one of the most acclaimed and highly decorated living mystery writers, having received multiple Edgar, Shamus and Maltese Falcon Awards, as well as lifetime achievement awards in the US, UK, and France.  He was named a "Grand Master" by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization's highest honor. 

In the 1960s and 70s he wrote seven novels under the pen name "Jill Emerson," a pseudonym he is reviving for the first time in nearly 40 years for Getting Off

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    A saucy romp, a guilty pleasure

    I think this book could best be described as Dexter for perverts, except that's already redundant. You get to follow the adventures of a bi-sexual/lesbian serial killer as she merrily seduces, steals, slices and dices her way through male victims across the country. Oh and this is all because she was abused as a child. Almost needless to say, this is a male fantasy. The Jill Emerson listed as an author is the literary alter ego of the real male author. I guess maybe in reality there has been a killer or two like the murderous heroine, but I bet they weren't nearly as much fun.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    FEMALE SERIAL KILLER!

    This was a raunchy, sex filled romp about a young female serial killer who feels compelled to murder her male conquests. Dark comedy mixed with horrific killings, make for a nonstop thrill ride. It is also un-nerving how likeable Kate the Killer is. One cannot help but root for her when she gets into some dicey situations. The ending was perfect. Not what I expected but definitely satisfying. Highly recommended for those not turned off by sex and violence and who like feminist friendly fiction. In fact, this book is VERY female friendly since the women in this book weld the most power. I loved it. And my crime book lovers will too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    This is a Hard Case Crime book in general and Lawrence Block is


    This is a Hard Case Crime book in general and Lawrence Block is great, this is a novel of Sex and Violence and a Serial Killer.

    Hard Case Crime Book by Lawrence Block was great and If you are not into sex and violence, than you may want to skip right on
    by "Getting Off" however you will miss out on a great story and one hell of an entertaining read.

    Again, I bought the book at BN and it was worth the money spent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    If you¿re not into sex and violence, than you may want to skip r

    If you’re not into sex and violence, than you may want to skip right on by GETTING OFF. But if you do, you’re sure to miss out on one hell of an entertaining read. Sure, I felt like a voyeur at times, and I may have needed multiple showers to make myself feel clean again. But that didn’t dampen my enjoyment one iota. In fact, it may have had the opposite effect. Why? Because I’ve never read a novel like this one, and I may never read a novel like this again.

    When it comes to relationships, Katherine Tolliver resembles men more than she does women. Only she takes it a step further and kills her partner, after having had her way with him. The manner in which the encounter happens may change, along the method of death, but the end result is always the same. It’s more of a revenge novel than a mystery, more KILL BILL than KILLING FLOOR, but I didn’t have any problem getting into this novel.

    So what appealed to me? Well, for starters, the voice certainly did. It was tattered and frayed at the edges, like a t-shirt that’s about seven years past its prime. But it kept my attention better than ticker tape for the day trader. The plot certainly moved along well, as she went from one kill to the next, and in the process discovering one relationship that suits her just fine. And I certainly didn’t have any problem with the revenge angle, since there’s probably a little demon in all of us, but he can be silenced with cookies and chocolate.

    If you’re all about mischief and mayhem, and you don’t care how many bodies and beds pile up along the way, you can’t go wrong with GETTING OFF. But you may want to have that shower handle ready.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    great read if you like off-beat ficiton

    I'll definitely check out the early Emerson's, Once you get into the character the complexity of the situation becomes intriguing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Pulp Fiction

    Usually I love Hard Case Crime books in general and Lawrence Block is great, BUT this is plain awful....

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Wild Ride of a Woman with Issues

    Here is an odd tale written by Lawrence Block, using the pen name Jill Emerson. Seems this woman, who never uses the same name twice, loves a man, then kills him. A victim of sexual abuse as a child, as an adult, she view all men as play things, to be used sexually, then disposed of. The plot follows her journey as she looks for the five men who got away. Along this journey, she beds, murders, and robs as she see's fit. The only person she shares an emotional bond, is with another woman. A very erotic thriller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    It ws okay

    She hard cold killer

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

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    Repetitious

    I’m sure there must be a point to this novel, other than the obvious story about a young girl, abused by her father for many years. When she grows up, he shuns her, and she feels neglected, so she kills both her mother and father, then goes on a long-term sex spree, going to bed with a succession of men and then murdering them.

    The rationale seems to be that she is killing her father over and over. So what?

    Lawrence Block [writing here as Jill Emerson] is more than capable of writing a more meaningful tale. After all, he’s done it many more times than not. This just isn’t one of them. It isn’t even good erotica, no matter how well it’s written. And it is unfortunate that I am precluded from further comment as to the novel’s conclusion, which might or might not be a spoiler.

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