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Hit Me (John Keller #5)

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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,036 ratings  ·  226 reviews
BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND GRAND MASTER LAWRENCE BLOCK RETURNS TO HIS DEADLIEST HITMAN

A man named Nicholas Edwards lives in New Orleans renovating houses, doing honest work and making decent money at it. Between his family and his stamp collection, all his spare time is happily accounted for. Sometimes it's hard to remember that he used to kill people for a living.

But when th
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Hardcover, 339 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Mulholland Books (first published December 1st 2012)
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Dan Schwent
When his finances get into trouble, Keller finds himself back in business with Dot and dispatching targets in the only way he knows how.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this ARC from Lawrence Block in exchange for reviewing it. Hell, when your favorite living crime writer gives you an ARC, you drop what you're doing it and read it.

First off, I loved the way Hit and Run ended and thought maybe bringing Keller back was a mistake. However, the way Block did it, with Keller's business
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Kemper
Back at the beginning of this series, professional hit man Keller would often fantasize about retiring and buying a house in one of the cities he visited while on the job, and circumstances beyond his control eventually pushed into that very situation. When we last saw him, Keller was living in New Orleans under a new name and with a new job that didn’t involve murdering people for money. It seemed as if Lawrence Block, had written a happy ending for the guy, and it was a very satisfactory way t ...more
James Thane
Of all the characters that Lawrence Block has created, my second-favorite (after Matthew Scudder) is John Paul Keller, philatelist and hit man. Keller orginially appeared in a series of short stories that were published in Playboy and other magazines. Later, some of the stories were collected in Hit Man, and since then Keller's adventures have been chronicled in three other books. This is the fifth in the series.

Keller had earlier attempted to retire. He had moved from New York, his long-time ho
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Mark
Sep 13, 2013 Mark rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Self obsessed contract killers
Ok. I have been away from GR for a couple of months now and so am just starting the wade through the books I have read since my last visit. So the disappointing ones first. That way I can at least feel I am moving the log jam and the good stuff can flow freely.

This was weird because although it was an horrendous story it was quite 'page-turney' though as I imbibed it on my kindle it was more of a page click but you know what I mean. One of a series but as this is the only one I have read I cann
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Eric_W
The Keller hitman series lends itself well to a short story format and that is what we have here, a collection of episodes or stories connected by a character. Often this means that the reader suffers through some repetition of background details. And stamps. And then more stamps.

Keller now lives in New Orleans and where he has a successful business remodeling and flipping homes after Katrina. He’s married to Julia and has a child, Jennie, whom he loves and dotes on. Then Dot, his old “hit” cont
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Randy
I'd never read any of Lawrence Block's Keller novels before HIT ME. That will likely change as he's an interesting man.

He's a retired hit man, married with a young daughter. He shared a partnership with a friend in a construction company that buys old houses in New Orleans, refurbishes them, and turns them over for a profit. That had done well until the downturn in the economy had made it a failing business.

Oh, Keller had plenty of money salted away in accounts in other countries from his first
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is a pretty good read. If you have followed the story of our everyman/hit man Keller then you know he settled down and stopped killing people.

Then the recession hit and you know how it is... Sometimes you have to go back to an old carrier to pay the bills, or buy that rare multi-thousand dollar stamp.

So Keller (no longer using that name) has to find a way to fit his old carrier into his new life...and how will his wife react...and can he keep it from touching his child????

Still the book fel
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Jon
In spite of some genuinely funny dialogue and a number of vivid characters, this collection of Keller stories seemed a little perfunctory to me. It is heavily freighted with long, detailed discussions of the nuances of stamp collecting, none of which had much to do with any of the plots. OK, Keller-the-killer keeps his guilt at bay and manages to stay sane partly by collecting stamps: I get it. But here it takes up so much time that it is a distraction, more or less like the repeated and repeate ...more
Don Gorman
Let me start by saying I am a Lawrence Block fan. I have read a multitude of his works. Keller is one of my favorites. That being said, this one is not up to par. Too much stamp stuff, too much Julia stuff, too much kid stuff. The stories and Keller himself are overwhelmed by all the extraneous crap. This is not a chip off the old Block. I hope to fare better in his next offering.
Richard
Jun 25, 2013 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The fifth and possibly the last installment in the life of go to killer for hire - Keller. It is always good to return to a familiar character, especially when the author can effortlessly weave his magic in episodes from this fictional gun for hire. Block clearly has an affinity for this original lead in this popular series but why is he so warmly received? It isn't easy to explain and perhaps he isn't everyone's leading man, who should be cheering the bad guy, hoping he gets safely back to his ...more
Tony
HIT ME. (2013). Lawrence Block. ****.
Larry Block is back with another installment of the adventures of Keller. Keller is his protagonist who is a contract killer, and you can find him in other Block books with the word “Hit” in the title. Keller has now moved from New York to New Orleans. He is married and has a little girl. He is retired! He and a buddy had started a construction business that boomed in the city after the effects of Katrina, but is now suddenly on the rocks after the recent fi
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Miles
Full review on the blog - http://www.milorambles.com/2013/02/24...

2013 is starting to shape up as a “pick up a book and be surprised” year. There have been a couple of duds, one book I couldn’t even finish, but overall the year has certainly begun at a furious and intensely satisfying pace. Hit Me by New York based Lawrence Block is no exception.

The fifth in the Keller series - and incidentally my first experience of reading anything by the author – Hit Me is one of those books you’ll find yours
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Mary Gramlich
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.

Bein
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Ross Cumming
Another in Block's Keller series in which the likeable, stamp collecting 'hit man' has some more targets to 'knock off' and of course some new stamps to acquire. Keller has resurfaced in New Orleans with his wife and young daughter and is now a self respecting partner in a house renovating business until the recession hits and Dot, his contact, calls offering work in Keller's usual line of work. He undertakes a series of 'hits' each offering unique problems that Keller has to overcome In order t ...more
Craig
What a great book. At all times, I was keenly aware I was in the presence of a master. Block's writing is just masterly throughout this latest Keller novel. Keller is a very down-to-earth guy who just happens to moonlight as a hitman. The rest of the time, he's a husband and father, trying to weather the downturn in the construction business in post-Katrina New Orleans. Also, he's a keen philatelist, keeping lists of stamps he wants marked in his catalogs. There's a lot of pretty wry humor on di ...more
Ed
#5 in the Keller series. Grandmaster Block has added an addition to the extremely limited sub-genre of killers for hire. Keller is a cerebral hit man who is in it only for the money. He has acquired a comfortable nest egg, a philately hobby, a wife and daughter, a new name and an existence as a contractor in New Orleans. The recession and a severe downturn in building activity coincides with a phone call from Dot, his old business contact. Extremely readable but then it's hard to find an offerin ...more
Jonathan Tomes
In Hit Me, the latest Keller, the hit-man with a conscience carries on the tradition of Lawrence Block’s Keller series, which started with Hit Man and until Hit Me continued through Hit and Run.

In the latter, Keller was framed for the murder of an up-and-coming politician, left the hit-man profession, and became a builder in New Orleans, married to a woman that he saved from an attack there. As a happily married man with a young female child, he thought that he was finished with his former prof
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Gail Karwoski
Reading anything by Block is a pleasure - smooth as European chocolate - and this installment in the Keller-the-Killer series is no exception.

Keller has reinvented himself as an "honest" professional - rehabbing houses in NOLA - and is now happily married, happily a parent, and happily pursuing his passion for stamp collecting. But with the economic turndown, construction work is scarce and stamps are expensive and then Dot gives him a call, and - well - he really did enjoy the challenge of his
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Amorak Huey
Loved Hit Man.

Liked Hit List. Liked Hit Parade.

Loved Hit and Run.

But, alas, this latest installment in the saga of the mild-mannered hit man Keller is a disappointment. It could hardly feel more perfunctory or less consequential.

The stakes feel low. The urgency is gone. The pleasure of watching Keller come up with clever ways of killing his victims is mild at best. The banter between Keller and Dot feels rehashed from the previous books.

I know Lawrence Block is a series kind of guy, but I hav
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Joy
Being a Lawrence Block fan from way back, I am predisposed to enjoy practically anything he writes. He is clever, wry, wise, and sometimes downrght funny. Keller (now known as Nicholas Edwards) is a hit man by profession, but Block manages to make him a fleshed-out character. The fact that he has a wife and chid now help to do so.

This book is divided into titled chapters, some of which could stand alone as short stories (I'm thinking particularly of the hit assignment he has on a cruise).His hob
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Jeanne
Great story if you are a philatelist as there are many in-depth descriptions of stamps in this 5th installment of the Keller series. Lots of "mini-hit" stories within this novel, and flash-back / flash-forward sequences, make for a bit of overall confusion in this novel. And the one story that really piqued my interest came at the very end of the last disk (was listening on Audio CD) and was not concluded. My only guess is that there will be a Keller #6 . . . and if not, this is a huge disappoin ...more
Todd Morr
A testament to Block's skill as a writer in that nothing really happens, but it remains readable. Comparable to a Richard Stark Parker novel as his hit man Keller goes about the nuts and bolts of killing each victim, only unlike a Parker heist every hit goes flawlessly. That he is an assassin instead of say a printer gives it a little edge over a book about difficult four color separations, but not much. I would be nicer except Block can be an absolute literary bad ass(see Small Town and every S ...more
Marfita
Why did I read another one of these when the first one I read had been so distressing? I was desperate and, face it, Block is a good writer. Keller is a quiet and likable man. Dot is wry and humorous. I think the best thing about the books is the stamps.
I have absolutely no interest in stamps (oh, I have a few floating around in a desk somewhere, but have no interest in collecting), but find Keller's pursuit of his hobby intriguing. I cringe when he has to kill someone, because you think of Kel
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April
Fairly enjoyable collection of 3-4 relatively unrelated stories about Block's Keller, who's retired from the killer business and living a boring life in New Orleans as a house rennovator and stamp collector with a young wife and small child. He gets drawn back into doing a few jobs; each story is a job. The book seems very surreal in a way; maybe Block is enjoying frustrating the reader's expectations. For one thing, Keller is not unhappy to be drawn back in and really doesn't care much one way ...more
Chris
If you like Lawrence Block and Keller in particular, "Hit Me" is a must read. When I first heard that this book was in the works, I bought "Keller in Dallas" (the first story in the book) before the book was released. There's a reason why Mr. Block has earned so many awards and accolades: he's one of the best mystery/crime writers living or dead. There's rumors that Block may retire; if so, this book will send him out to pasture on a high note.
Mary
Loved it! Had not read Block for a while and always liked Keller. I seemed to have missed a book because in this one he is married w/ a little girl named Jenny, a new name, and living in New Orleans with an actual occupation. But Dot calls of course and gets him side-tracked. His stamp collecting is still going strong also, and leads to some....well. Read the book, it is worth the time.
Robin
I love Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series, some truly fine insightful writing, atmospheric, real New York, and a multi-dimensional main character. That said, I have also enjoyed the "Hit Man" series. I liked this book, but it did not wow me. I found some the plot devices and relationships so unrealistic that I could not fully escape into the book.
Mike
An excellent addition to the Keller series. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. As I suspect that this may be the last Keller book that LB publishes, I must say it is a fitting close to what is a fine little series of 5 books. Long live Keller and Dot!
Tim
Its hard for Keller to decide if he only wants to be a family man, a killer, or a stamp collector as each circumstance in this novel revolves around these issues. The balance is intriguing and the question remains unanswered. 7 of 10 stars
Jeremiah

Block returns to shorter episodes and novella length chapters with this fifth book in the series.

Now a family man and feeling like he's retired, he also finds himself in a bit of a financial bind and asks Dot to get him a job or two. For one of the jobs he is joined by his wife who has to decide whether there's a difference knowing what he's doing vs seeing him while he's doing it.

There is good stuff here, but the story ends on a completely unresolved case. I don't know if it was meant to be a
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2002.

From his web site:

I'm told every good author website needs a bio, so here's mine:

"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne
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