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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. AlmKeller 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. And killing for a living, lucrative though it is, just doesn't find favour with some folks....

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Hit Man Reviews

  • Kemper
    2019-03-31 06:47

    Keller's a pretty normal guy. He does crosswords, loves dogs, collects stamps and buys earrings for his girlfriend every time he travels. And he travels a lot since his job is killing people.Block did a great job with this string of short stories about Keller that build a character study about a professional hit man who often finds himself dealing with odd circumstances despite his desire to just do the job and get out of town. Keller isn't a psycho, but he isn't exactly wracked with guilt either. Keller's also got a tendency to get a bit lost in his own imagination as he does his job, and Block uses these to add some themes to the stories. For example, after reading a paperback western on the plane to a Wyoming town to kill a guy, Keller spends the rest of the trip thinking of himself as the heroic drifter in a western movie who's blown into town. It's Keller's idle musings that make these stories different from other hired killer books. Keller's mind will wander, but at some point his pragmatic streak kicks in and he'll focus on just getting the job done. Too bad for his targets that he's really good at it.

  • Marwan
    2019-04-20 01:40

    A collection of short stories featuring John Keller, a professional hit-man whose job takes him to different places where he eliminates the target and then return home after that. He is not a typical hit man (the ones you see in spy movies) nor a psycho-path, He's close to a normal person. Keller takes his time in doing his job, waiting for the right moment to strike. He passes time by solving crosswords puzzles, fantasizing about the places he went to (settling down there, having a normal life), watching movies and other stuff. The novel has some twists, and each story reveal a side of Keller's personality. The book was fun and I recommend it to those who likes hit man novels.

  • Carol.
    2019-03-24 09:31

    I'm completely embarrassed to say that I've read this one before, somehow, in some form. One would think I'd remember a book called Hit Man. Alas, I'm getting old. So what did I do when I discovered my little error? Keep on reading, of course, because I could only vaguely remember details and it is a fast read. What I have to say about memory is that it's very odd to read one long deja vu, and somewhat disconcerting to realize my memory had inserted another chapter. Perhaps I was channelling Block. More likely, I read the next book and forgot most of the specifics. Now, if only I can get my subconscious to review it...Block does it again, creating sympathy and a multifaceted character in that most staple of thriller tropes, the assassin. The book is written as a series of loosely connected shorts that cover episodes in Keller's life as he goes through his routine at home in NYC and on the road plying his trade.This assassin is definitely a little different. As he follows his mark around the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, he starts to fantasize what living there would be like. Perhaps he'll take his savings and buy a 'starter home.' Perhaps he'll start his own business, do some printing. However, the job ends, the fascination passes, he comes back to his life in NYC. Not for long, however; soon he is on his way to Martingale, Texas, carting along a paperback he hasn't read on the strength of the line "he rode a thousand miles to kill a man he never met." In a boozy barroom, he listens to stories about cheatin' hearts and naturally, meets a woman looking for a good time.Back in NYC, he shares a dream about mice with his therapist. Long before Tony Soprano sat with Dr. Melfi, Keller was sitting with Dr. Breen. That doesn't work so well, but soon he's moving on to his new dog, followed by a dog-walker, because after all, an assassin's got to travel. Then he and Dot have some trouble at the agency with the man upstairs (literally). Overall, a fun, fast read and an unusual character study. I found myself discovering sympathy (likely for the second time) for the hit man, who has so badly actualized himself. These books are--in the wise words of Trudi--potato chip reads; you might only mean to read a few pages, but soon you've downed the whole bag. Cross posted at: http://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2012/1...

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-04-03 06:43

    Hitman is a collection of short stories about a professional killer named Keller. What sets this book apart from others of its kind is that it's more about what Keller does when he's not actively killing people, what makes him tick. He has fantasies about living in whatever town he's visiting for a job. He has a dog that he's quite attached to. And eventually he takes up stamp collecting as a hobby so he'll have something to do when he retires.That's not to say there's no action. Keller dispatches quite a few people in this book. He's a professional and the ways he figures out how to pull off the killings are well done.Lawrence Block's writing is another attraction for picking this up. He knows how to weave a short story like nobody's business. There isn't a single dud in the collection as far as I'm concerned.If hitmen interest you, go out and get this RIGHT NOW! Keller's a fleshed out character and a joy to read about. I'll be picking up the other two Keller books in short order.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-01 02:55

    I'll say up front, I fully expected that if I got into this book I'd at best be mildly interested. It is after all a story of a "Hit Man". Personally I don't condone murder either as profession or pass time, so in rating this book a 4 I'm saying this is an interesting book.It's odd to find yourself at least mildly sympathetic to a killer. When I first "met" Keller he put me in mind of a homicidal Walter Mitty. When he goes somewhere to "fulfill" a contract he tends to start day dreaming about having a normal life "there", wherever "there" happens to be. In the course of the book we will see interesting depths in "Mr. Keller" and also interesting voids. No spoilers here.This is not a book I would have picked up but for a recommendation here, and I do plan to read the next book. While there are some sour notes in the book, a little misinformation etc. (but then it is fiction) oddly, unexpectedly, even unsettlingly, I like it.

  • Tfitoby
    2019-04-01 09:29

    A composite novel about a hitman who spends a lot of his time wondering just what it is he is doing with his life, I had expected it to be closer to Block's Scudder novels than the Burglar Bernie books in terms of tone and content, but Block plays it light and observational and somehow makes it work. He doesn't revel in the sordid details of the act like your common Lee Child might, instead he finds value in his character and the humanity he observes, using the collection of stories to explore his new creation and his world before giving us what I expect will a more traditional novel in Keller's second outing. Sure, I would have preferred dark and moody and contemplative, something like Marin Booth's A Very Private Gentleman perhaps, but Lawrence Block is a fine writer, an intelligent man who seeks to entertain and always gives you something to think about. Or as GQ's generic pull quote rather condescendingly puts it on my copy "popular fiction that always respects his readers' desire to be entertained but never insults their intelligence." They are an entertaining, very easy read, exactly what I have come to expect from the Grandmaster, and I am looking forward to more Keller adventures in the future.

  • Leon Aldrich
    2019-04-14 01:58

    Until now, I have never read any Lawrence Block. Is that a cardinal sin for an avid reader? It should be.My penance will just have to be more Block...

  • Col
    2019-04-04 01:47

    LAWRENCE BLOCK - HIT MAN (1998)Synopsis/blurb….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.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 and his conscience, Keller is looking at a whole lot of changes he's not sure he wants...He may even end up sharing his bed.-----------------------My take.....If someone held a gun to my head - Keller possibly - and told me Groundhog Day was here and I was compelled to re-read one book over and over again for the rest of my life, I think Block's Hit Man would be a candidate. I read this one years ago and re-read it in January and possibly enjoyed it more second time around.Keller kills people and you probably shouldn't warm to him, but you do. I don't think Hit Man was originally conceived as a novel, but was several shorter stories which Block eventually spun together. I think I read that was the case somewhere, but surprisingly this just flows. Block has such a gift for story telling that I'm pretty much rapt every time I get stuck into one of his books.Keller gets his assignments from a man in White Plains, via Dot. Keller and the old man don't really have much of a relationship, but there's a real rapport with Dot - pretty much every conversation includes some gentle teasing, usually about Keller settling down in one of the towns he passes through for an assignment. I kind of think they would make a decent couple, but hey maybe better not mixing business with pleasure.In our novel/short story set......We have a phase where Keller toys with domesticity as his dog-sitter, Andria moves in for a while and they play happy families. Inevitably it doesn't last. Work-wise - we have an error and the wrong man gets killed - not an error of Keller's. This is followed by a lull and things go quiet on the "murder for hire" front. Things need shaking up at HQ.Another assignment sees Keller become a minor local celebrity when he saves a boy from drowning at a poolside party. Probably not the best effort at anonymity when you're in the killing game.We have a disagreement with our therapist, which may not be the best long term career move our shrink has ever made.A spell working for Uncle Sam (yeah right) sees Keller get less than minimum wage for his skill set. Eventually the penny drops and Keller's not playing a patsy any more. Lastly we toy with retirement, but instead take up stamp collecting, and what better way of funding your expensive hobby than killing people!I could write and rewrite and tinker with this for hours and still not do this book justice. I loved pretty much every word, every sentence, every page, every set-up, every conversation and every death.Top marks - 5 from 5Luckily for me there are another 4 full length novels in the series that I haven't yet read - Hit List, Hit Parade, Hit and Run and Hit Me. Good reading ahead! Re-read in January, 2017Published - 1998Page count - 310Source - owned copyFormat - paperbackhttp://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05...

  • Stephen
    2019-04-05 09:41

    Finally getting round to reading the Keller series after having read all the Matt Scudder books last year. Had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading Lawrence Block and am really glad that I have a new series to read as was suffering Scudder withdrawal symptoms (that sounds like quite a horrible disease). It's not quite as good as the Scudder books but still a really fun read with plenty of unexpected twists. This one is written as a series of short stories but each follows on from and refers to previous ones so it is pretty much like a normal novel. Love the way that Block describes the day to day normal activities of his characters when they are not doing their day job (contract killing)so that you really feel like you know the characters personally. Four more books to go in the series - one on order and my library has the remaining three ! - so more Keller reviews to follow soon.

  • Brad Lyerla
    2019-04-13 06:41

    I sort of liked Block’s 8 Million Ways to Die. It features An alcoholic former cop who accidentally killed a little girl when his bullet ricocheted. So he resigned from the force out remorse. (About 5 cliches there.) Then I tried Block’s hitman series. Geez. It’s awful. The guy is an assassin. He is some sort of psychopath. His dialogue is about as interesting as what I imagine the inner dialogue of a reptile to be like. Snore.

  • Michael
    2019-04-02 02:34

    Lawrence Block is a hard working pulp crime novelist, best known for his hard-boiled detective Matthew Scudder, gentleman thief Bernie Rhodenbarr and hit man John Keller. Hit Man is the first book in the Keller series, combining a collection of short stories to develop this character. This is an interesting technique and Block’s short story book One Night Stands and Lost Weekends remains one of my favourite crime collections. He manages to pack the same punch of a normal pulp novel into a stripped down story.I enjoy Lawrence Block’s style; it is nice to know someone is trying to keep the pulp crime genre alive. However Hit Man is more of a thriller series, which develops the complexities of this character with short intervals for an assassination. I like the way the stories interlock as a way to introduce John Keller, I have never seen this technique and think it worked well. Having said that, I think this is a fun book but I am not sure if I will continue the series. I am looking for something darker and do not think the Keller series will give me what I desire.This review originally appeared on my blog; http://www.knowledgelost.org/book-rev...

  • Terence M
    2019-04-06 09:34

    Given that Crime/Thriller is pretty much my favourite genre, I am surprised that I have read only one other novel by the prolific Lawrence Block, "Burglars Can't Be Choosers". I did enjoy that book and I equally enjoyed "Hit Man" and its protagonist, murderer-for-hire, Keller. Well written in an easily read but quite captivating style, "Hit Man" engenders something close to empathy for Keller, if not for his means of earning a living and while not really liking the character, I did feel that he was, in his own way, a man of honour. I will certainly be reading more of Block's novels, including the others in the "Hit Man" series.A solid 3.5 stars rounded to 4.0 because of the narration by Robert Forster and also to comply with the GR rating method.

  • Chris
    2019-04-23 04:57

    This was a cool introduction to a new (to me) series by Lawrence Block. It's about, as the title suggests, a hit man named Keller.Each chapter is an assignment for Keller, so it's like a series within a single book. This style kept it from ever becoming a bulky read.Or listen, in this case. I found the audiobook and was pleased to try it out with this method. The actor Robert Forster did the narration and I'd have to say was pretty much perfect for this book. He really fit the style of the writing, and the character of Keller.I will definitely be picking up more Block, and more in the Keller series in particular.

  • K
    2019-04-19 08:57

    Delightful. I thoroughly enjoy Block's sense of humor and the irreverence that he imbues into the protagonist, Keller, a professional hit man who is both likeable and existentially curious at the same time. Adding this to his thief series makes Block a frequent visitor to my "to read" shelf. Hooray.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-09 03:51

    I read this book some time ago but it wasn't marked as read in Goodreads so I bought it and immediately remembered the book and introduction to Keller, my favorite hit man. I have been trying to find time to clean up my data and think I have resolved about 50 duplicates and deleted 100 or so to be read...that led to duplicates and other problems.

  • Perry Whitford
    2019-04-24 07:45

    Keller travels all across the United States, a patient, sedentary life of airport lounges, flights, hired cars and hotel stays (preferably those with HBO), casually carrying out his job of hired hit man.As he does so he takes time out to do some idle musing on innocuous subjects, such as the various names of roofing features and just how long it would take to ride a thousand miles on a horse.Keller kills anyone for a fee, regardless of who or why. He even kills the wrong people by accident, as well as the wrong people on purpose. Sure, he thinks about the morality of what he does for a living, but for only about as much time as he spends thinking about the shopping channel, or how many pairs of earrings a woman can reasonably own.Essentially he's a lonely soul. He enjoys his brief chats with Dot, the assistant to the old man from White Plains who he gets his jobs from, has the occasional girlfriend, even tries the companionship of a dog for a while. But essentially he's a loner.Perhaps it's the job? I mean, it would be understandable if it made him undervalue the life of others just a touch. He dreams of retirement, but maybe he could just do with a hobby? Meanwhile, the old man is starting to behave erratically, making some costly mistakes.Block had been writing top-notch crime fiction for decades before he invented Keller, establishing a few characters along the way, most notably the unlicensed alcoholic private detective Matthew Scudder and kind hearted burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. But Keller is his ultimate creation. Always a master of ironic plotting and black humor, a whimsical hit man for a protagonist plays perfectly to those strengths. You can't help but like him, laugh along with him, root for him even, though you know you shouldn't.The book consists of ten stories, most of which had been previously published separately then slightly altered and additions made in order to introduce the few consistent threads needed to make a novel. A contrived method maybe, but it works a treat.All the stories are clever and funny, virtually on the same high par in quality, though the third story in particular, in which Keller tries therapy and turns it into a busman's holiday, is especially brilliant.Keller, you kill me.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-04-06 08:41

    I do not enjoy watching murder of good/normal people, but it kept my interest.The only reason I gave this 3 stars instead of 2 was because I did not feel I wanted it to be over. It kept my interest because I was waiting for something more. But by the end, more never came. The character does not change. And there is no overall plot. It is a series of short stories written for a magazine.It’s a different take on the work and life of a hit man. Some readers will find this humorous, but I did not. I was unsettled. In contrast I did enjoy two other series about anti-heroes: Dexter a serial killer, and Parker an armed robber who occasionally killed. The difference is Keller (in Hit Man) kills anyone including good guys. Dexter only kills bad guys. Parker robs anyone and occasionally kills bad guys .The author skips too many things. For example, Keller has a dog and lives with a girl. Then in one scene he says the girl left him a month ago and took the dog. I wanted to hear why the girl left him. It was not explained.Another example, Baskin pretends to be someone he is not and hires Keller to kill some people. There is a problem, so Keller needs to find Baskin. All of a sudden Keller is in Baskin’s house waiting for him. I never saw how Keller learned who Baskin was and how he found him.Another example, receptionist tells Keller to wait on the porch until boss is done with another meeting. Next sentence says twenty minutes later Keller is on a train returning home. I assume he met with the boss. I wanted to hear his conversation with the boss.I didn’t like those gaps. It felt like I was missing things.There were about three sex scene references, but no details. They were like “she took off her clothes.” Then it’s the next day.AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:Robert Forster was good. He used one of the Chicago-thug-type accents.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 7 hrs and 49 mins. Swearing language: mild. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: about 3 referred to not shown. Setting: around 1998 various U.S. locations. Book copyright: 1998. Genre: crime fiction. Ending: Keller is alive and well.

  • Maddy
    2019-03-24 01:43

    RATING: 4.5You know how you take those tests in high school that help you determine what profession is best suited to you? Well, there was never a match for John Paul Keller. It was only when he became an adult that he found out what he was destined to be. His career, at which he excels, is that of a hit man. At various times, he receives a call from Dot in White Plains, contacts his travel agent and jets off to wherever the dirty deed needs to be done. He carries out the hit, no fuss, no bother, no remorse, and comes back home until the next job comes along. He goes back to being Mr. Average Joe, living alone in New York City, doing his crossword puzzles and going to the Laundromat.The book is really a series of interlocking stories about various hits that Keller carries out that reads like a hit man’s memoirs. The stories were originally written for Playboy, so at times there isn't a lot of transition between chapters. However, I still found them to be wonderfully done. You wouldn’t think that you would enjoy reading about a man who is basically an assassin, but Block presents Keller in such a way that you just have to like the guy. He grows on you. We’re never really exposed to the gruesome details of the jobs. We see how they’re set up, how Keller overcomes various obstacles and are treated to his wry observations along the way. And as we go along, other characters are introduced, a new girlfriend, a new dog, a new hobby, that help us understand the layers of Keller the man.This book is a delight to read. It is wonderfully entertaining, funny and touching at the same time. At one point, Keller experiences a midlife crisis and visits a shrink. And how does he end the session when he’s had enough of the analysis? He throws the guy out the window.Realistic dialogue, excellent characterization, clever plotting. Recommended.

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-03-28 07:40

    How does Lawrence Block do it? He's the author of the comic Evan Tanner series about an ultra-insomniac CIA agent. He's written the dark and suspenseful Matthew Scudder series. Then he's got the uproariously funny and New York-hip series about Bernie Rhodenbarr, the world's suavest burglar. You'd never think that these three series were penned by the same author.Now Block does it again with the incredibly inventive Hit Man, a debut novel about a philosophical murderer for hire. You'd expect such a man to be amoral, but Keller -- just Keller, no first name -- has his own code of honor. The novel is a series of short stories that sometimes intersect. This series is as different from Block's other three as they were from each other. Keller's stories are even darker than those of Scudder although Keller is considerably more introspective than Scudder (even after Scudder went on the wagon). Perhaps that's because, as a deliberate loner, Keller has a lot more time for self-analysis. (God knows, you'll find that traditional analysis didn't do much for the guy!)It's a fabulous, fabulous read. You won't be able to wait to get the next one in the series, Hit List.

  • Darren
    2019-04-13 08:53

    Hit Man is a pile of short stories pieced together as chapters in the life of John Keller. It's not a spoiler to let you know Keller's a hit man; it's right there in the title. That's very nearly all there is to him, really. Keller has the odd girlfriend, but he's no suave son of a bitch, leaving a trail of broken hearts and tear-stained pillowcases. He's awkward and earnest by parts, and even occasionally impotent. He's a successful, resourceful killer, but he doesn't exude violence, nor does he spend his free time in bars staring down the local toughs of Wherever. Keller spends his off hours walking his dog, Nelson, until his dog leaves him. And then he starts collecting stamps. Every single chapter in the book is about murder, and yet almost none of the violence is even described. It's an afterthought. Done and moved on from.In other words, there are none of the things one expects in the story of a contract killer. If you're looking for grisly descriptions of death, you won't find them here. If you're looking for the wild life of a career criminal, you won't find that, either. If what you're looking for is a compulsively readable, inexplicably funny, incidentally murderous book which never once panders to expectations, then grab your stamp tongs and hold on.Four Stars

  • Matt
    2019-04-15 04:37

    Even though I had read a few reviews I still wasn't prepared for the curve ball that Block throws here.Keller is the hit man of the title and this collection of shorts is all about him as a person; with very little focus on the detail of how he earns his living.He isn't a stone killer - he's a guy who drifted into a job and has built a routine that fills the gaps between work; without ever creating real roots or connections.How he seems to long for those roots and connections - yet when he actually makes them he lets them just slip away...An interesting contradiction of a character who gets himself involved in some very odd situations (mostly by being a bit of a dreamer). Entertaining, amusing and a little sad.

  • Albert Riehle
    2019-04-08 01:44

    Solid. Solid writing. Solid storytelling. Solid all around. First things, first, if you're not familiar with the series, this isn't a typical novel format. It reads like a collection of short stories about the same central character, told in linear order. And it's a character study, really. Each story builds upon what we know about the central character, Keller, who makes his living as a hit man. But the "hits" are just background for the author to tell the story of the man who makes his living this way. The problem is that because of the way it's written, it's a really slow read. I picked it up and put it down a number of times and read a few other books in between "chapters" of this one. And honestly, that's probably the best way to take this one on. It's not meant to be fast-paced, edge of your seat reading. It's slow, methodical and solid.I actually picked it up because I'd seen the author on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and liked the banter they had together. They spoke about how good Liam Neeson would be playing the main character and I have to say, I thought of him as Keller as I read and while I normally don't like having that pre-determination of what a character might be like, in this case I really liked it because it was so dead on.So, do I recommend it? Sure. But come to it understanding what it is or you might wind up disappointed. Keller is an interesting character who is much bigger than the stereotypical hit man. In fact, he's fascinating in his normalcy. This is a great book to pick up and read a few chapters between whatever else you're reading. Well worth it.

  • Robert
    2019-03-31 08:38

    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.

  • Mark
    2019-03-25 05:57

    Hit Man is a clever and entertaining series of interconnected short stories about an aging hit man, who is considering leaving his very specialized career. Keller is a hit man with morals -- every killer has to draw the line somewhere -- and many of the stories have Keller struggling with what is right or wrong about that particular hit. Each story (or hit) deals with the varieties of jobs one might encounter in this career; and each story ties together with the previous stories perfectly. Hit Man is a humorous book, albeit darkly so, and some readers may feel a little odd being asked to empathize with a professional killer, but Keller is not cold blooded by any means. Hell, he even adopts a dog at one point!Hit Man is a breezy and smart read and quite different from Block's Matthew Scudder series, but very entertaining in its own right. I look forward to finding out how the aging killer Keller (say that three times fast.) fares in the upcoming novels.

  • Stephen Arnott
    2019-04-09 01:50

    This reads more like a series of short stories than a novel per se, each chapter being another increment in the life of Keller, our hit man protagonist, as he deals with the knocking off (or not) of a new victim.There is no over-arching plot or significant character development (though we do see Keller trying out new interests), but the tales are loosely bound by the declining mental state of Keller's employer 'The Old Man' and his changing relationship with Dot, the old man's secretary.Although I enjoyed reading all the stories (and will certainly be reading more) I found some of the writing a little perfunctory and loose. Another reviewer suggested that these stories were written for serial publication in a magazine, and I can believe it - they come across as being produced to a short deadline and a specific word count.Even so, Block has come up with an intriguing character written in a unique voice.

  • LJ
    2019-04-08 05:31

    Hit Man - GLawrence Block - 1st in seriesKeller is your basic Urban Lonely Guy. He makes a decent wage, lives in a nice apartment, works the crossword puzzle. Until the phone rings, and he flies halfway across the country...and kills somebody. It's a living, but is it a life? You've never met anyone like Keller. Keller is a killer. Professional, cool, confident, competent, reliable. The consummate pro. The hit man's hit man. But he is a complex person: understandably guarded and reclusive, icy and ruthlessly efficient, he is also prone to loneliness, self-doubt, and career worries. Keller may be a crack assassin, but he is also an all-too-human being. We first met Keller in Hit Man. He's back again in HIT LIST. Same job, new list of targets, and a hit man who's after him.Very different. Professional killer as the protagonist.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-04-04 01:44

    A philosophical gun for hire who thinks of himself as whimsical. Because of his profession any chance of friends or a relationship is unlikely which, of course, leaves him a bit lonely. This is told from his thoughts, how he perceives his profession and the people who pass through his life. He does have a twisted version of a moral compass and does not take himself too seriously. All in a days work, so to speak. It was interesting how easy the author made it to become attached to a ruthless killer. I would have given this five stars except the ending was tied up too fast with an unlikely outcome and I think It could have had a better, more inventive lead into the second book in the series. That being said, it was well worth the time, the Hit Man was interesting and the narration was excellent.

  • Luci Lytle
    2019-04-14 01:32

    I read this one over and over. Keller is a contract killer and he travels for work, a lot. He often finds himself in a town or city thinking "I could live here" as do Justina and I. We don't do the killing part (to bad art doesn't pay that well) but we could live anywhere - and sometimes have found ourselves living in places we never thought about living, like Fresno or San Diego. We've even considered changing our last name to Keller. He's a nice guy whom we like to hang out with from time to time.

  • Jeanne
    2019-04-23 04:35

    I've read a couple of the later stories in the Keller series, so decided to go back to the beginning and see how it all began. This story was a bit all over the place for me -- sometimes hard to determine where one "Hit" ended and the next began. All in all, a good basis for the character. 4 out 0f 10.

  • Ann
    2019-04-24 04:33

    A nice introduction to the character of Keller and the glimpses into his psyche and methods were interesting details that didn't change the fact he is a hired killer, but added nuance to the process and the man