Hit Me

Hit Me

by Lawrence Block


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ISBN-13: 9780316127356
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Series: A John Keller novel Series , #5
Pages: 337
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Block is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards and countless international prizes. The author of more than 50 books, he lives in New York City.

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Hit Me 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of the Keller series since Hit Man, and have devoured every Keller book or story I could lay hands on. When I finished Hit and Run, I felt sad at the thought of the series coming to an end, yet satisfied that the series had been wrapped up so neatly. Then along came Hit Me. I was elated. I even did a pre-order, which is a rare thing for me. When the day of delivery came, I cracked open the book with a hunger to learn about how life had progressed for my favorite professional assassin. I made it about halfway through, and things were looking good. Then I hit a wall, and I did something I have never done with a Keller novel. I put it down and walked away. I forced myself to pick it up and finish it today, just to be certain I gave it a fair read before reviewing it. Here's where I think the author fell flat. When you pick up a book about a hit man, you expect to read about assassinations. Not necessarily bloodshed and slaughter. Mr. Block has always been the master of understated action, whether during a hit or in the bedroom. I've always admired him for that, and at the same time, I've often wondered what, if anything, would prompt Mr. Block to reach for greater detail? In the second half of this book I found my answer. Stamps. A man who will gloss over an assassination that had been built up for forty previous pages and clear his throat past a love scene will drone on ad nauseum for page after page about small squares of paper that are no longer even suited for their intended purpose. I felt like a boy asking his grandpa about World War II and having to sit through slides of his 1963 vacation to Stumblef*** Missouri to see the world's largest ball of ear wax instead. Don't get me wrong, I understand that Mr. Block's intent was to show Keller/Edward's evolution from hit man to family man. I get that he would have to have a viable means of making money, and that a return to construction as a lucrative trade in today's economy would smack of a Deus Ex Machina. But don't beat us over the head with it. If the ending of this book is anything to go by, there will be a sixth book. Knowing myself as I do, I'll end up buying it. I just hope that what I find will be more of the old Keller and less of the Chattering Philatelist.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Keller had to disappear after the mess in a previous novel in this series, “Hit and Run,” and he is now living in post-Katrina New Orleans under a new name, with a wife and young daughter. More important, he has “retired” from his previous occupation, that of a hired assassin, and is now a partner in a business that acquires dilapidated houses, then rehabilitating and flipping them—at least until the housing market and economy collapsed. So, to keep his head above water, sustain his appetite to keep on buying stamps for his collection and just keep himself busy, he allows himself to be talked into accepting an assignment or three. These take him to Dallas, on a Caribbean cruise, thence to Wyoming and Buffalo. And coinciding with each, he manages to indulge his interest in stamps. The author manages to keep the reader’s interest at a peak on both subjects, with fascinating twists on each homicide mission. And the cryptic conversations with Dot, who brings him each undertaking, are not only amusing and droll, but in keeping with the over-all tenor of the characters. Of course, the novel is on a par with the high quality of previous Keller books in the series, and is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It bothers me how much I like Keller. Lawrence Block couldn't be boring if he tried. Excellent book.
billty45 More than 1 year ago
Block follows-up with another good, easy read in the Keller series. This book takes Keller into his new life with a family. Still doing the same work as before, we follow Keller through a series of jobs across the country as he hunts down people and stamps. Thoroughly enjoyable.
MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
If I am doing what I want, is what I am doing wrong? Keller walked away from doing the wet work that kept him healthy, wealthy, and a little wiser for the wear. He changed his name and settled into domestic bliss that seemed a good fit with a business on the side.   Even fatherhood and stamp collecting become his new normal, until the phone rings and an offer he does not want to refuse is proposed.  He can always say no, he can always hang up the phone, he can always, but he always does the job.   Being back in the game means honing covert skills that Keller did not lose but let go a little soft shall we say.   He still loves the hunt, has the skills to organize the job down to the finite detail, and never looks back after it is completed.  His wife may be reluctant to understand why he is back at the dance but for some  reason she cannot explain, it does not bother her that the construction business is not how he earns his money. Keller moves flawlessly from one offer to the next with a blip or two on the radar and some poorly executed decisions.   Overall, the jobs are done and the reaction someone else might have to this line of duty is not held close to Keller’s state of mind. Lawrence Block constructs the perfect story for every character add a touch of flare to their personality a master like Mr. Block can design.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever, inventive, and absorbing.
rumisshuggs More than 1 year ago
Meet Keller a retired hit man, married with a young daughter. He was in a partnership with a friend refurbishing homes turning a profit in New Orleans after Katrina. Keller is married with a young daughter. His business isn’t doing since the recession so lo and behold he hears from Dot who wants to know if he wants to perform a job since she’s back in the business also. Keller takes the job and does well. He will not do women and definitely no children. It has been a while since I have read one of Bock’s books and I still find his books entertaining. The characters are likable and I like the back and forth that Keller and Dot have. I wasn’t crazy about all the information about stamp collecting but as I say you can’t have it all when you read a book series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every time a book comes up under 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can not relate emotionally to any one or thing including his dog and killed his psychiatrist . He is totaly self centered in all his interests his only interest outside himself are stamps which he sees as totally a weird hobby instead of puttng money in a college fund it is in stamps. That is what attracts us to this series he has no emotion for anything living the bible said you can be hot or cold good or evil but the one in the middle is worse he isnt an animal he is inhuman an alien or mutation to somenew specie
StymieStone More than 1 year ago
All the Keller books are exceptional. If you're looking for blood or horror this is not for you. Keller is just a com;licated guy who kills people for money so he can collect stamps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed it and often couldn't put it down. This is my first L. Block book and was intrigued by the Keller character. I was pleased he did his grisly work without a gun and the reader is spared unnecessary gore. As a stamp collector, I especially enjoyed the philatelic references.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the previous Keller novels, but this one had too much information about stamps and Keller's family life. There was not enough of Keller in action.
gw42 More than 1 year ago
If you are a Keller fan, this book is a must. Keller's life has changed a lot but the recession has caused a downturn in the restoration business so when Dot calls . . . you can guess the rest. Great read.
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Alfie_65 More than 1 year ago
How can someone write a story where the main character is a murderer and make you like the story, root for the murderer and actually wonder how the story will end. It was Great - Read It.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd pay to read Block's shopping list. He's an American treasure, and his latest doesn't disappoint.
jake9 More than 1 year ago
anxiously awaited the arrival of HIT ME, but so disappointed....this is not a novel, but a collection of short stories....so each one spends much time filling in backgroundof keller & his life...then finally a half=hearted assasination attempt ..plus a wife who gets "hot" thinking about her husband's part=time job........miss the keller of old
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lori416 More than 1 year ago
He should quit writing! I cannot tell you how disappointed I was when I started reading this book! Don't waste your money!
cy-12_34 More than 1 year ago
Lawrence Block was recommended to be as an awesome writer, but I found this book disappointing. I had never read anything by this author. Possibly some of his other books are better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was bad. It was not Block's original work. He delt with stamps collection thought the book. I would recomend the book only for stamp collectors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago