Getting Off: A Novel of Sex and Violence

Getting Off: A Novel of Sex and Violence

by Lawrence Block, Jill Emerson


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...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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857685827
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: Hard Case Crime
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 428,362
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.94(d)

About 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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Getting Off 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
mermao More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
NicoNF More than 1 year ago
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.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll definitely check out the early Emerson's, Once you get into the character the complexity of the situation becomes intriguing
SpecialSoldier More than 1 year ago
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.
velopunk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has, hands down, the most lurid cover I've ever seen on a library book. Kate is a serial killer, a black widow in the extreme. She kills most men she sleeps with, but four have gotten away and she is obsessed with hunting them down. The police are never a factor in the story. Kate can just keep murdering at will. I might try one more in the series because I usually like Block's hitman series.
jwrudn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a filthy, violent and funny book. I loved it.Katherine Anne Tolliver likes to have sex with men and enjoys killing them afterward even more. She has been doing this for a while as she moves from state to state working low profile anonymous jobs. When an after-work get-together with office mates turns to talk of the number of sexual partners, she reveals that she has had only five partners (leaving out that they are only the ones who lived). A co-worker sets his sights on her and coyly says that six is his lucky number. As you can guess, not so lucky as it turns out.Thus begins her quest though not for the Holy Grail. She decides to find these five and eliminate the possibility that any of them might kiss and tell and give a satisfying completion to her pursuits. Of course, there are obstacles. How will she find them? Are they even alive? As it turns out, one is in prison; another went to fight in Iraq shortly after their encounter; a third has weaned himself from sexual desire. Along the way we learn, of course, about her Daddy issues, various sexual acts and her violent means of dispatching her partners. But we also learn other interesting facts, for example, about New York City neighborhoods and Mormon proxy baptism. The book is funny in a wry, black humor sort-of-way and I found myself rooting for Katherine to accomplish her goal.I have long been a fan of Lawrence Block, in particular, his Matt Scudder series (The latest of which is A Drop of the Hard Stuff), about an alcoholic ex-policeman who works unofficially as a private investigator, and his Keller series, about a stamp-collecting, fastidious hit man. I have also enjoyed many of his short stories (collected in the voluminous tome, Enough Rope). But I had not realized that his oeuvre writing as Jill Emerson, as he does in Getting Off, includes ¿sensitive lesbian fiction¿ and ¿candid erotica¿ (as the book jacket puts it). Obviously, this book is neither for the prudish nor faint-of-heart. But, if you are familiar with Lawrence Block, you might want to dip your toe in the water anyway. If do not know Lawrence Block, give him a try. I do not think you will be disappointed The book also marks my entrée into Hard Case Crime, which publishes hard-boiled crime fiction complete with lurid covers. I have already enjoyed two others, Quarry¿s Ex and Choke Hold, which I may also review if I get around to it. Getting Off is the first of their books to be published in hardback and has also been selected as the inaugural read of the Coed Outdoor Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, as I learned from Lawrence Block¿s Facebook entry.
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She hard cold killer
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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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Stork2009 More than 1 year ago
Usually I love Hard Case Crime books in general and Lawrence Block is great, BUT this is plain awful....