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Hit Man (1997)

de Lawrence Block

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Keller is an assassin - he is paid by the job and works for a mysterious man who nominates hits and passes on commissions from elsewhere. Keller goes in, does the job, gets out: usually at a few hours' notice. Often Keller's work takes him out of New York to other cities, to pretty provincial towns that almost tempt him into moving to the woods and the lakeshores. Almost, but not quite. But then one job goes wrong in a way Keller has never imagined and it leaves him with a big problem. Finding himself with an orphan on his hands, Keller's job begins to interfere with his carefully guarded life. And once you let someone in to your life, they tend to want to know what you do when you're away. Turns out killing for a living, lucrative though it is, just doesn't find favour with some folks.… (mais)
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    Sleeping Dogs de Thomas Perry (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Both books are centered on a calm-cool-and-collected hitman who just wants to go about living his life.
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    The Butcher's Boy de Thomas Perry (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Very similar main characters: just regular guys with irregular jobs trying to make a living. Keller's stories doesn't have the legal system component however.
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The worlds most boring hitman - the most interesting thing about it being that he manages to be both phlegmatic and neurotic at the same time. I think it would've been more entertaining if the Hitman game series was based on these books with missions interspersed with dog walking, stamp collecting and generally desperately trying to find something to fill the time between murdering people. Not that the protagonist finds murder interesting either.

Book is very laid back, like the character. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
Keller is a stone cold killer (as discussed at length when he goes to therapy). So why is he a sympathetic character? I think it must be his amusingly hapless attempts to try to connect with the rest of humanity by fantasising about small-town life, getting a dog, even taking up stamp collecting! Whatever the reason, Keller is an interesting enigma who makes murder look easy (suspiciously easy, I'm pretty sure the author is giving him a big break) in this sequential set of shorts, originally published in Playboy. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
The first of five collections of short stories about Keller, a contract killer/hitman for hire. He works for an old man in White Plains (who's never named) and trades banter with the old man's assistant/go-between, Dot. We watch the old man deteriorate over the course of these ten stories, and the last one, "Keller's Retirement," isn't quite what it seems.

Keller travels all over the country to kill strangers he's never met. He has a very vivid imagination (and no wonder - apparently a lot of the job is hurrying up and waiting for the right moment to strike) and often finds himself wondering what it would be like to settle in whatever random place he's in this week. He spins entire backstories for the random people he encounters and even looks at houses sometimes.

In this series of stories, he also acquires a dog and a woman to walk it (who morphs into a live-in lover), and recaptures his boyhood love for stamp collecting. The way Block writes about this is absolutely fascinating; I, too, found myself more interested in the rare stamps Keller was chasing than in his final set of victims. I really admire Block's ability to draw his readers into his stories like that.

Also going on in the background of Keller's existence is an existential mid-life crisis, especially after said dog and woman walk away. Keller isn't particularly morose, though; there is quite a lot of wickedly dry wit with a nice mix of sarcasm. Keller has something of a conscience, too; when he inadvertently saves the life of the grandson of one of his intended victims, he takes a serious step back and wonders if he can actually go through with killing someone who's pathetically thankful for his saving a life.

Great, great stuff. I'm definitely going to continue reading about Keller's adventures, even if I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm not supposed to be enjoying this ride quite so much! 😅 ( )
1 vote eurohackie | Oct 19, 2019 |
Of course I've read this before, but it's still a fun story. Keller's a hoot. A semi-retired hit man, he sees a psychiatrist, and starts searching for some meaning in his life. A dog? A relationship? Stamps? Murder?

Light writing, but enjoyable. Good reading for a cheap motel night on a long road trip.

> This motel had HBO, so of course there was nothing on that he wanted to watch. It figured.

> In his room he found himself changing channels as if determined to wear out the remote. ( )
  breic | May 27, 2019 |
Block is not the first writer to tell a story from a contract killer's point of view. Max Collins has done it with his Quarry series. Barry Eisler has done it with his John Rain series. But, I guess it was Block's turn to try this exploding genre. Keller is a little different from most hit men. His stories are not chock-full of action and intrigue. There are few, if any, running gun battles. Rather, his stories are filled with introspection and curiosity. Keller does psycho-analysis until he gets tired of his psychiatrist's twisted ways. Keller goes to open houses in cities where he has contracts and muses about what it would be like to live there. Keller has a dog and a dog walker. It is an enjoyable series and really shines at the development of this character: Keller. Most of his background isn't known, but what the reader is told is quite fascinating. He kills for a living, but enjoys doing crossword puzzles and walking dogs, spends most of his time having coffee and going to the gym. After he finishes with his therapist, he takes to telling his anxieties to his dog, "Soldier." All in all, a solid, enjoyable read, but it lacked something deeper and grittier that I found in Block's Scudder series. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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Keller is an assassin - he is paid by the job and works for a mysterious man who nominates hits and passes on commissions from elsewhere. Keller goes in, does the job, gets out: usually at a few hours' notice. Often Keller's work takes him out of New York to other cities, to pretty provincial towns that almost tempt him into moving to the woods and the lakeshores. Almost, but not quite. But then one job goes wrong in a way Keller has never imagined and it leaves him with a big problem. Finding himself with an orphan on his hands, Keller's job begins to interfere with his carefully guarded life. And once you let someone in to your life, they tend to want to know what you do when you're away. Turns out killing for a living, lucrative though it is, just doesn't find favour with some folks.

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