Hit List (Keller Series #2)

Hit List (Keller Series #2)

by Lawrence Block
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Overview

Hit List (Keller Series #2) by Lawrence Block

Keller is a regular guy. He goes to the movies, works on his stamp collection. Call him for jury duty and he serves without complaint. Then every so often he gets a phone call from White Plains that sends him flying off somewhere to kill a perfect stranger. Keller is a pro and very good at what he does. But the jobs have started to go wrong. The realization is slow coming yet, when it arrives, it is irrefutable: Someone out there is trying to hit the hit man. Keller, God help him, has found his way onto somebody else's hit list.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061802331
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Keller Series , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 102,076
File size: 383 KB

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 List 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written, entertaining, enjoyable, fun characters, light, and didn't leave any loose ends, which I like. That said, this is a story of a hit man and his profession, but the action was all told in past tense, during discussions recounting the events, and very quickly, which never really gave me a feel for the dramatic impact of a 'hit'. The talking between characters, however lovable they may be, got increasingly irritating, and kept going off on some tangent or another, finally getting back to the point, at which point I had already lost interest in what was being discussed in the first place. To be stereotypical, a chick book about a guy theme. If you are a stamp collector, great, otherwise skip half of the book, which will leave you with no action and a lot of gabbing. I don't see myself picking another Block book anytime soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three quarters of the way through this book and I am forced to read something else. Not because the story idea is bad, but just because I can't stand listening (think read) to the two main characters talk anymore!! Now I know why someone wants them dead!
harstan More than 1 year ago

John Keller¿s business requires frequent flyer miles and constant communication with his ¿agent¿ Dot. John relaxes by collecting stamps and dreams of one day settling in the towns and cities he frequently visits. If he ever honestly wrote his occupation on a 1040, John would describe his work as a HIT MAN.

John knows that many of his victims are innocent good people, but employment in the new economy has been booming lately as his skills are in greater demand than ever. However, John has a new problem as someone else is beating him to the hit, hurting his lucrative business that depends on reputation and completing the job, customized to meet the objective of the customer. As an unknown assailant hones in on his consulting services, John concludes that he personally has made the HIT LIST of a rival who plans to shut down John permanently.

HIT LIST contains all the humor and action that readers expect from a Lawrence Block novel. The story line is two parts amusement, two parts gloom and doom, and six parts irony. In spite of his profession and his tendency to languish in self-doubt, John retains a likable charm even if readers wonder why he continues to off decent folks. It is the killing of the innocent that leaves HIT LIST not for everyone, but those readers who relish a dark satirical look at life.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Keller is a great character. The book is not. The story could have been 150 pages shorter and had the same effect. Keller discovers he's being targeted by another hitter, and then for about 200 pages the issue disappears only to become important again in the last few chapters. I liked the idea, I liked the characters, but the story comes up short by Block's insistance upon describing every single minute detail, whether it moves the story forward or not. The story stalls numerous times on conversations and events that have nothing to do with the story. If you want a novel that takes some time to read, this is for you. It's slow and plodding and the pages must be heavy, because I had a hard time turning them at points.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began riding mass transit again so I could have more time with Keller. I not only read hit man and hit list, I have encourged all of my friends and family to do the same. They enjoyed the books and it's characters as much as I did. I look forward to more about Keller. I hope Lawrence Block has the next Keller book in progress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about 'likeable hit man.' It has all the features needed: great dialogue, an insightful character, a plot that keeps you thinking. Larry Block at the top of his form!
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RetrieverJR More than 1 year ago
Great easy read!
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Janus More than 1 year ago
Lawrence Block's Hit List reads something like a strange amalgamation of soap opera and sitcom in print. Block promises us a different kind of 'hired killer' story, and on this he does deliver. Keller is not a Jason Bourne or John Rain, and that is seemingly the problem. Keller is so different from what we've come to accept as the "heroic" assassin, that he feels awkward and uncomfortable to understand. Block pulled no punches in stating that Keller was going through what seemed to be a mid-life crisis, however, in the end he simply came across as neurotic and rather annoying. If you are a fan the genre and also happen to like the t.v. show Monk as well as Nicholas Cage in 'Matchstick Men', then this is the book for you. If you like your assassins tough, enigmatic and devoted, then you had best seek your fix elsewhere.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been the 13th book by Lawrence Block I've read, and by far the worst. After reading 'Hit man', I expected great time with its sequel, but... never-ending, pointless and sterile dialogs, as well as extended descriptions of uninteresting matter and boring situations, made it long time, with nothing great about it. Were it some 150 pages shorter, could have been a good book.