Hit and Run (Keller Series #4)

Hit and Run (Keller Series #4)

by Lawrence Block
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Hit and Run (Keller Series #4) by Lawrence Block

Keller's a hit man. For years now he's had places to go and people to kill.

But enough is enough. He's got money in the bank and just one last job standing between him and retirement. So he carries it out with his usual professionalism, and he heads home, and guess what?

One more job. Paid in advance, so what's he going to do? Give the money back? In Des Moines, Keller stalks his designated target and waits for the client to give him the go-ahead. And one fine morning he's picking out stamps for his collection (Sweden 1-5, the official reprints) at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio.

Back at his motel, Keller's watching TV when they show the killer's face. And there's something all too familiar about that face. . . .

Keller calls his associate Dot in White Plains, but there is no answer. He's stranded halfway across the country, every cop in America's just seen his picture, his ID and credit cards are no longer good, and he just spent almost all of his cash on the stamps.

Now what?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061562723
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Series: Keller Series , #4
Edition description: Large Type
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

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Hit and Run (Keller Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I didn't like glorifying a hit man.
OdysseusUlysses More than 1 year ago
While buying some official Swedish reprint stamps, and on a job in Des Moines, the merchant turns up the radio to reveal that the Ohio governor has been shot! Talk about professionalism, hit man John Keller blows his cash and buys the stamps anyway. It gets worse from there, easily eluding the police and the people that hired him; who really had set him up to take the fall for the real gunman. He then instantly kills a rapist in New Orleans and the grateful victim welcomes him in to her fathers' home. They fall in love and he becomes a construction worker "just look at the morons that make a living at it." With a hunch from his New Orleans Cher, who urges him to find the people who hired him, and "fix things" so he won't have to be on the run for the rest of his life; he easily knocks off the man at the top and gets away Scott free, with his stamp collection, and his share of the money; that his partner has been "saving" for him; guess this suggest there is honor among criminals. Oh well there's 8.5 hours gone forever.
MikeDraper More than 1 year ago
In Lawrence Block's "Hit and Run" we have John Keller making a return. He is working as a hit man and flies to an assignment. He's met at the airport by his contact and shown two weapons. He looks them over, picks one, puts the other away and is dropped off at his motel. The next day he reads that the governor of Ohio has been assassinated. The killer used a Glock automatic, the other weapon Keller checked out. His preminition becomes real when he sees his photo on CNN. Now he knows he's part of a sophisticated set-up. He steals a car and returns to New York. There he finds someone has broken into his apartmentm, stolen his money, his computer and his stamp collection. Next he learns that his friend and associate, Dot has apparently been murdered. Needing a place to hide out he picks New Orleans. It's still the time not far from herricane Katrina and the city is rebuilding. He thinks he can get a job and lay low in the city. When he arrives, he hears a woman's scream. His first thought is to get away from any legal involvement but he moves to the sound and sees a woman about to be raped. He deals with the rapist and saves the woman, Julia Russard. Julia recognizes Keller from the news but doesn't care. He tells her he needs a place to hide out and she offers him the apartment in her home. She also becomes intimate with him and they begin living together. Unexpectedly, Dot reappears. She knew they would be coming after her once Keller's photo was on the news. Opportunity knocked when a woman from Jehovah's Witnesses came to her door. Dot killed the woman who by chance wore dentures. Dot also used dentures and she put her's in the dead woman's mouth and burned the house down so the woman would be identified as Dot by her dental records. (Come on, two people just happen to have false teeth???). This narrative story has good dialogue. However, there is a distinct lack of action compared to the other novels where Keller is the protagonist. He shows his bravery and integrity by saving Julia and Julia shows that by her faith in Keller, there may be a reason to leave his life of killing behind.
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This is the fourth book in the Hit Man series, it was as good and different as the other three. I can only hope that Lawrence Block writes more in the Series. You find yourself pulling for the bad guy, though he doesn't seem to be a bad guy until he kills someone. His outlook on life is almost ordinary unless he's thinking or talking about his "profession".
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Kaos5 More than 1 year ago
John Keller is a great character and following him as he tries to get out of this mess makes for great reading. A masterful plot.
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
This was my first Keller book, and I agree with the other reviewers who say it didn't come alive until he hit New Orleans. Who wants to read about some guy staying at cheap motels? But pick up it did, and I enjoyed the story after that. The idea of a stamp-collecting hit man didn't strike me as cute as it might have, but it did serve to make him a more normal guy. And that's important when otherwise you just go around killing people because someone paid you to.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the previous Keller books. It would be best to back track and read his other books either before you read this one or soon after. Keller has become one of my favorite characters. Not easy considering he is an assassin. None the less he has wit, a dry sense of humor and a laid back approach to most things in life. He wants to retire and play with his stamps. This book while enjoyable is not Keller at his best. It bogs down early not coming to life until he hits New Orleans. From that point on the Keller I like reappears. I hope Mr Block continues this series but I have my doubts.