Hit Parade

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Keller is friendly. Industrious. A bit lonely, sometimes. If it wasn't for the fact that he kills people for a living, he'd be just your average Joe. The inconvenient wife, the troublesome sports star, the greedy business partner, the vicious dog, he'll take care of them all, quietly and efficiently. If the price is right.

Like the rest of us, Keller's starting to worry about his retirement. After all, he's not getting any younger. (His victims, on the other hand, aren't getting any older.) So he contacts his "booking agent," Dot, up in White Plains, and tells her to keep the hits coming. He'll take any job, anywhere. His nest egg needs fattening up.

Of course, being less choosy means taking greater risks—and that could buy Keller some big trouble. Then again, in this game, there are plenty of opportunities for some inventive improvisation . . . and a determined self-motivator can make a killing.

 

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

Block hit man, John Keller, is an interesting creation. The plotting is incredible. The dialog can crack me up. I thought this would end up being a collection of short stories but it hangs together. I'll be looking for another in the series. Read full review

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User Review  - nordie - LibraryThing

This is the second Keller I've read, after "All the flowers are dying". There is a loose narrative stream between Keller's "jobs" as a hit man but many of them can be read almost as stand-alones (I ... Read full review

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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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