- Title: Hit List
- Author: Lawrence Block
- ISBN: 9780752838380
- Page: 100
- Format: Hardcover
Hit List, by Block, Lawrence
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Keller continues on his career path as a professional killer. He has casual relationships with two women, gets picked for jury duty, continues building his stamp collection, and gets weirdly interested in astrology, all the while things start going wrong. Targets die before he can hit them, people around him turn up dead, and all signs point to someone gunning for Keller himselfLawrence Block does it again. If anything, Keller seemed more human and relatable in this book than in Hit Man. His rel [...]
Keller is a hit man.Every so often, he goes out on a job, but lately, all the jobs are going wrong. Turns out there's a rival hitman out to corner the market.Not bad, but Keller reminds me a bit too much of Block's other character, Burglar Bernie. I like my hit man novels a little more hard boiled than that.
The second book in this "series" of books (does no one write stand alone novels anymore?). I am still surprised that I'm interested in these books. A series of novels centering around the exploits and personal life of a professional hit man is not something I would ever have expected to be caught up in.This volume finds Keller still "employed" after the "passing" of the "Old Man" who used to run theumm, contracting service. He ran it until he got a little less than compos mentis. Having had an a [...]
Keller is a creature of habit. He leads a low-key New York lifestyle and his idea of a good time is collecting stamps. Even his job as a hit man has a certain routine. He gets a job, he flies somewhere, he kills someone, and he flies home.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 [...]
Enjoyed this one which was a novel rather than the first Keller book which was more like a series of related short stories. Not quite a four star one though - found the "jury duty" part a bit of an unnecessary diversion from the main plot (pretty hard even for LB to make his killer being sent on jury duty be very exciting). Clever ending though and he has made me find stamp collecting interesting which probably only he could do. Great potential for this character so on to the next one in the ser [...]
A better title might have been "Hit The Hit Man". There was no sense of time -- was their last meeting 2 days ago or 2 months ago? And it was kind of all over the place. Hard to follow at times - 3 out of 10.
Hit List - G+Lawrence Block - 2nd in seriesKeller 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 [...]
I’m reading several on-going series at the moment, and without a doubt Keller is my favorite lead character. How Block manages to evoke sympathy for a cold-blooded contract killer is a pretty neat trick. In a way, he's a lot like us, except of course for his line of work. I really like this guy, this stamp collecting, dog loving, pensive loner who travels the country and takes out random people with great efficiency. In this second book, Keller goes about his business as usual, but his sixth s [...]
Keller's back, and this time it's personal. Not on his side, not at first anyway. But when a series of less than coincidental murders start to follow the ones he himself is committing, a worrying pattern emerges - Keller the killer has a killer on his trail.Who would have believed that the hired execution business could be so cutthroat?In this third outing for Block's most enjoyable character, Keller and Dot enjoy their usual deadpan conversations about the jobs and other important subjects, suc [...]
Keller, the hitman, is back along with the wisecracking Dot, his "agent" in White Plains, NY. A strangely enjoyable book, Keller does not seem to be a bad guy, just has a job that is occasionally in demand. Keller's hits usually take place off-screen so there are no gory parts. He has a regular, even somewhat boring life with jury duty, stamp collecting and the odd visits to an astrologer. Enjoyable if not exactly a thrill-a-minute. 3 Stars.
For a book in which the main character is a hired killer, this is a very funny book. The puns, the dialog between Keller and his handler Dot, even the photo of author Lawrence Block dressed in black complete with a beret like the gallery goers he makes fun of. As I said, there is a lot of humor.I'm a bit sad that I have only one more Keller book to read, he is a very attractive main character.
Brilliant - Keller rocks!
I am of the opinion that no matter how successful you are, you are not guaranteed to be happy unless you allow yourself to be. The biggest movie star may be on top of the world, but are they looking over their shoulder for the next up and comer to knock them from the perch? Sadness/happiness is not defined simply by how good you are at your job, you are more than just that. Take a hitman. Surely the best hitman is happy? John Keller is amongst the greatest in his field and although he may not re [...]
I enjoyed these short stories immensely. Although, I guess they are more episodic than entirely separate. 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 [...]
Judging from reviews on and , Hit List was not as well-received as Hit Man, the first volume in the series. But I actually liked this one better. Like Hit Man, the story revolves around the wistful, brooding assassin John Keller. The first book was really a collection of barely-related short stories; this novel is episodic, but there is a narrative thread running through most of the stories. It is a darkly comic tale, not really intended to be suspenseful or action-oriented. I can see why some [...]
Mystery maestro Lawrence Block brings back his killer named Keller for a second round of mayhem in "Hit List." It's a mixed bag. The first half of the book features some of Keller's usual hitman routine: fly into a town, find his mark, do the job and go home to report to his boss, Dot -- just like the first book. But then some odd things happen, and Keller and Dot figure out that there's a killer who's after Keller -- and any other hitmen he can find as well. He's eliminating his competition. On [...]
Lawrence Block's mind must be an interesting place to live.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 [...]
If there was any doubt that Lawrence Block is the master of the Mild-Mannered, Stamp-Collecting Hitman genre, HIT LIST should put those doubts to rest. As was the case with HIT MAN, this second installment in Block's "Keller" series is remarkable in terms of both plot & presentation. 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 [...]
Relatively lame. The plot was actually somewhat interesting, but Block's style of dialog between the main characters is obnoxiously repetitive. The book would be 100 pages shorter if he didn't think it was so witty to have characters have conversations like:"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. [...]
John Keller is an avid stamp collector and professional killer. In this quick read, someone is systematically knocking off hitmen, which is a problem for Keller.I found Keller to be an interesting character, and his conversations with Dot, the woman who sets up his contracts, make for amusing, if highly unlikely, dialogue.The ending was rather anti-climatic and a bit disappointing, but all-in-all, I liked this one.This is the first of Lawrence Block's mysteries I've read (though it's apparently [...]
Each of these paperbacks (Hit Man and Hit List) is full of short stories about the hit man in question. A likeable killer- we meet him as he goes through a mid-life crisis and questions, among other aspects of his life, his profession. Enjoyable- the shame is that neither of these are a true novel, and instead we get only peeks into the mind of our protagonist as instead we watch his decisions as he reacts to ever changing situations. Contrived at times – and hardly original, these stories are [...]
It was a pretty good book I thought after reading it. But i did notice that while reading the book that there were some typos, and erros in his Bloxks writting. And also i got lost in the converstations that people were having in the book. I couldnt tell who was saying what he didnt clearly quote whos line was what, and i easliy got lost in it. But other then that he wrote the book pretty well if you look past the errors and typos, and getting lost in the converstaions characters where having.
Keller the Everyman assassin really grows on you. I can't feel much kinship with a hitman who has an 8th degree Black belt in several martial arts and can beat the crap out of any six normal thugs at once but Keller is different. He collects stamps, goes to the movies, dates with varying levels of success, visits an analyst and an astrologer you know, he's just your average guy. Block does a great job of drawing Keller writing with a very dry sense of humor. I look forward to more Keller adventu [...]
Different than the first one, but still worthy of reading. I can't wait to find the 3rd and 4th novels, I am sure they will be worth reading as well. I was a little dissapointed. there were less dead in this one, and someone other than Keller was doing the killing. he only personally killed 7 that is less than half the total death toll. you would think being that he is a killer he would have more notches than that in his oun book. took me 3 nights to read.
Glad I went ahead and read the rest of the book. It was really something, and there were parts I had forgotten. For instance, Dot murders someone. How fun! Dot is my favorite character this month.
See review under HIT PARADE. HIT LIST proves that Keller works better in short story than novel form.
Lawrence Block: how the heck did I manage to go all these years without reading any of your work? 2012 shall be forever known as "Year of the Block!"
Quick, entertaining read. Keller is a hit man, and it seems someone is trying to kill him. I liked it enough that I'd read others in the series.
I'm kind of sorry there are only four books in this series. I've become rather fond of Keller. And his conversations with Dot are a constant source of amusement.Another enjoyable read.
Enjoyed this book a great deal with the hit man Keller & his agent Dot. It was a great story with great one liners from Dot, whom I have come to love. Can't wait to read more of this series
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