Lawrence Block’s Hit Me. Stunning.

No other word comes to mind when discussing the world of hit man (John Paul) Keller.  Mr. Block had me right here:

“And so Keller measured the overprint on this stamp, and
found himself in agreement with Mr. Bloch and Mr. Mueller.
This was the straight goods, the genuine article. All he had to
do to go home with it was outbid any other interested
collectors. And he could do that, too, and without straining his
budget or dipping into his capital.
“But first he’d have to kill somebody.”

It’s perfect.  This one paragraph is perfection. It embodies the essence, the sheer elegance of Lawrence Block’s storytelling–  Killer (no pun intended) prose.  Lawrence Block never wastes words as he weaves a compelling and sympathetic tale about his favorite kind of character, the anti-hero.

Just when I think Lawrence Block can’t get any better, it’s oops, he did it again!  Gives me the shivers.

Keller is a hit man.  Like Kit in Block’s luscious and deadly book about a female serial killer, Getting Off, Keller does bad things, but Block imbues the character with heart.  He’s a thoughtful, sentimental kind of guy.  Murderer though he may be, Keller makes me go all warm and fuzzy.  And in Hit Me we meet and greet a fascinating supporting cast of characters.

I’m not a reviewer, I’m a reader and a writer.  I don’t give away plot, so I’ll say this – when the book becomes available, pick it up.  You won’t put Hit Me down until you’ve read the last sentence.

As an added bonus, in Hit Me, we actually get to spend a little time hanging out with the author, who is himself a philatelist, a stamp collector.  Check out Lawrence Block’s bookstore and his Keller stamp collection right here.

The cover alone is lick-worthy.  My ARC is seriously covered with drool.

Thank you, Mr. Block, for allowing me to preview Hit Me.

Other Keller stories:  Hit Man, Hit List, Hit Parade and Hit and Run.


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12 Responses to Lawrence Block’s Hit Me. Stunning.

  1. Amber Skyze says:

    Sounds like a must read.

  2. You are right, that is a killer first paragraph. The cover is amazing. Nicely done NOT A Review. :-)

  3. anny cook says:

    Yum. Love Lawrence Block.

  4. I haven’t read Lawrence Block before, but I will now.

  5. Jaye says:

    There are three things I need to determine if a character is a GREAT character:

    1) obsession; 2) Interesting point of view (whether I agree with it or not); 3) Moral ambiguity. Keller definitely fits that criteria.

    Of course, I would have enjoyed this book just on the basis of the conversations between Keller and Dot alone. Heh.

    I don’t know how LB does it, but it is no mystery at all why he’s an icon in crime fiction.

  6. Yes, Jaye, you’ve hit the nail on the head – nobody writes morally ambiguous characters like LB does. Nobody. He’s a master. And by the way, YOUR FORMATTING IS GORGEOUS. Outstanding work.

  7. Lawrence Block writes unique thrillers, Stephanie.

  8. Hi Brian. I’m a rotten reviewer but a good reader. Jaye Manus is the best reviewer. Keller is a fascinating character.

  9. I’ve never read any work by this author but now you have me interested.

  10. He’s very different, Savannah. I love his work. It’s dark yet funny. Very noir-ish.