Hit Man (Keller Series #1)

Hit Man (Keller Series #1)

by Lawrence Block
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Hit Man 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
5280 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. The main character; Keller is a hitman that's not exactly what you'd expect. As he travels to do his job, he routinely fantasizes about settling down in work locale. It's an offbeat and entertaining read. I always love to find a book like this that doesn't follow the normal and expected format of things. Grab a copy and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Lawrence Block book I read. And I must say this Keller guy cracks me up. This assassin is one the most funniest characters I ever read. All due to Block's witty prose. And I tell you, I'm hooked to his stuff. So give it try, it's worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every page of this book except the last. I hated to see it end. A character and humor to which almost everyone can relate. I look forward to reading Hit List as soon as I can pick up a copy.
Hardman More than 1 year ago
Story was very disjointed. After finishing I found this was because it was a collection of short stories featuring the main character. Some scenes moved right into another with no warning---or spacing---and more than a few times I had to stop and re-read a section to discern what was happening. Keller is an interesting enough character, as is the secretary of his "handler" (though we never meet that gentleman). If they polished up the Nook version and made it clear that it was a series of seperate stories, then it would have been much better. Kind of interested in reading the next book, but only if it's a solid, single story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a phenomenonally enjoyable read because it is such a humorous introspection into the nature of humankind. Keller, who is unapologizingly lethal, and who is paid well for it, is at the same time a very likeable character that anybody can identify with. He experiences the same problems that everyone else does, and the fact that he is a hitman somehow becomes secondary to his search for a greater fulfillment out of life. Block created a character as charming and likeable as any classic hero, but the amazing thing about this is that Keller is not, by any means, heroic. This is honestly the most entertaining book I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read two books in this series and enjoyed them both. The books in this series may not be what you expect so i recomend reading the free sample before buying. I am hooked and will read them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
although lawrence block is a suberb writer and the plot is fantastic, he is only short on one thing in this book. the writing is unique and it is a real page turner with suspense and action happening everywhere. the only thing wrong with the book is that the main character, joh keller, isnt developed very well and u somewhat dont really get to know him until you read 'Hit Parade' which is probably his best book out of the three.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this books is amazing! block does a great job in description, and in the charaters personailty and traits,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better question-- How much were the editors paid? Awful book, storyline and yes, terrible author.. DaU Cudahy, Wisconsin
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: Keller is a hit man. The contracts come from White Plains, from an unseen man upstairs and the man's assistant named Dot. He gets the jobs and he does them. A pro...no mistakes. Life is good. And every time Keller goes to a new town, he gets real estate agents to show him houses he'll never buy. Then he kills the target and goes home. And goes to therapy, gets a dog, gets a girlfriend, meets an agent from the government, and generally cruises through life piling up bodies. But there are always little problems -- like the man who hires him through a front and then neglects to pay the second half. Or the two rivals who both hire Keller to kill the other and he has to choose which one. Or the three "innocents" that the government has him kill. In the end, he decides to retire. And find a hobby. And even that doesn't work out as planned. . WHAT I LIKED: "The character is interesting and business-like. He has trouble killing a man he likes because he knows the man is waiting for it and Keller had saved his grandson from drowning, so he is somewhat conflicted. And the search for explanations about his life and his past are at once both deep and superficial -- deep questions that Keller can turn away from anytime he wants and simply shrug. And mean it. On the lighter side, he uses various identities when he travels, identities of real people. So, just for fun, he occasionally calls the wives from the hotel he is staying in so that when the couple complain to American Express that they weren't there, the call appears to be them to their own home, just to mess with them. But then he feels guilty, so he sends the wife flowers from the husband - charged to the husband's card of course. And his depictions of some places in New York City were a nice ""homecoming"" since I was there a while ago and know all too well the places he was describing. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Some of the chapters seem somewhat disjointed, which is likely a reflection of the fact that many of the chapters appeared "as is" in Playboy magazine as short stories. The only other complaint is that in a couple of places the story jumps back to New York City a little two fast and the reader is left wondering exactly what happened and how he killed the target. Particularly for the guy who initially stiffs Keller on the second half of his fee -- there is no explanation whether Keller kills him or not. He plans it but then has to go back to New York City suddenly. No explanation. A good set of stories overall, although its hard to get into the character since the character is presented rather cold and superficial. Almost like a description of someone's life in the past, it's hard to feel tension or great interest in the day to day happenings. . BOTTOM-LINE: Maybe you've met a hitman and didn't know it. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, but I do follow him on social media.
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Do not recommend.
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Bacaczar More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book with great trepidation. Wasn't sure what to expect. The story line was interesting, and even though many readers complained about the disjointedness, it made you pay attention. I did have a problem with the coldness that came across through Keller. But I guess what can you expect from an assassin. Hopefully, as I read on in the series Keller will be developed more thoroughly. The only mistake I found in the book was Block stating he inserted a new "clip" in his gun. It's not a clip but a "magazine".
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