Hit List (Keller #2)
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...more
Lawrence Block does it again. If anything, Keller seemed more human and relatable in this book than in Hit Man. His...more
This volume finds Keller still "employed" after the "passing" of the "Old Man" who used to run the...umm, contracting service. He ran it until he got a little less than compos mentis. Having had a...more
But weird disruptions are happening to Keller in this second book in the series. A trip to Louisville with complications leaves him out of sorts. Odd events on a couple of other jobs don’t help matters. An offhand comment from a woman he’s seeing leaves him won...more
He sort of realizes it during the first job that you see when he switches hotel rooms and that night, the people that were in his old room were killed. But when he gets back to his home in New York City, he sorts of forgets about it. But that comes back later to bite in in the butt, when more and more attempts to kill him occur. At the end Keller (the hit man) finds out who the other hit m...more
In a manner befitting the protagonist, Block takes a minimalist (some might say detached) approach to Keller's experiences, especially those that involve the extinguishing of another person's life. Whether Kelle...more
How do you mainstream a cold-blooded killer? By making him a stamp-collecting loner who drifts listlessly through life, hooks up with the occasional cynical lover, and has a wise-cracking Westchester County suburbanite who employs him in her off-beat contracting business. One could imagine Dick Powell and Myrna Loy in the parts, presuming they went over to the dark side. And when Keller the Killer finds himself in the crosshairs, you roo...more
It was a bit disappointing. On one hand, the plot is a little more cohesive in Hit List; Dot and Keller determine that someone is trying to take out other hitmen (or hitpersons?), and they have to find a way to stop the rogue hitter. All very good, it was fun to have more of an overri...more
The book's premise was clever, with one hit man taking out other hit men (including attempts on protagonist Keller) in order to reduce the competition. However, I'm now finding it troublesome--even in a fictional setting--that there are enough hit contracts being issued that hit men must vie with each other for the work.
Nonetheless, I again enjoyed learning more than I ever would have expected to about stamp collecting, and it was somewhat fascinating...more
In this book, we learn more about Keller the hit man. Things are going quite smoothly for Keller, there seems to be no end to the people who need killing, and he's found a way to spend his money: stamps. Now in addition to flying out to do a job, he also drops by the nearest stamp dealer before flying home. What's more, he's got himself into a superficial relationship.
When starting this book, I was already over Keller being a hit man. Like he always says, he's a pro...more
The narrative kept me interested but it was too punctuated by other stu...more
Block's anti-hero is a rather boring blend into the crowd hit man. He is very normal, except he kills people. And he is likable, and yet - he kills people for hire and does it with about as much emotional angst as someone might have over firing an employee. He's not a sociopath, he's a business man.
Block does an excellent job of making Keller both entirely normal and likeable with homey des...more
The main character, Keller lives in a rent controlled apartment in New York City and collects stamps.
He seems to have had a normal childhood and the reader never actually learns how such a normal...more
Keller and his boss Dot trade snappy repartee reminiscent of ‘40s movies – Dot is the archetype of the fast-talking, sarcastic fiery females of that era. The vi...more
"Hi Dot, I'm back in New York."
"I'm not surprised. You live in New York."
"Yes, but I'm back in New York. I was in Louisville."
"I know you were in Louisville. You called me from there."
"Well that's why I'm telling you I'm back in New York now....more
Lawrence Block - 2nd in series
Keller seems the archetypal contemporary urban man. He lives a mostly solitary and quotidian existence on Manhattan's East Side. He eats out; he ruminates in Seinfeldian fashion about how to "clean his plate" in a restaurant that trumpets a bottomless coffee cup: every time he empties his cup, a waitress refills it. He works on his stamp collection and goes to jury duty when summoned. Occasionally, he visits Dot in White Plains, then goes to Louisville...more
I'm a bit sad that I have only one more Keller book to read, he is a very attractive main character.
I absoulty hated Dot`s character. I'd say at least 75% of the book is based on her not letting Keller finish his sentences which drove me insane. The attempted humour was poor which unfortunately throughout the book.
I kept reading for the ending which was a disappointment. I had a theory Dot was Roger as she had become a bit obsessive which...more
Keller is not your quintessential hit man. He collects stamps, gets pangs of conscience, worries about things small and large - and even gets his astrological chart read.
Read it for the meticulous prose, the wry humour and the time to wile away an afternoon or a long train journey
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...more