Even though he's a rich man, he can't access his money and travels around the country wondering if he'll be able to buy his next meal. The relationships Keller builds at this time, not only with others but with himself, are extremely well done. If this is your first Keller book, you'll want to read another. This book is the first that feels written as a novel. Somebody is searching for her. I've occasionally thought that he seemed like the Forest Gump of hit men - smart, but an everyman taking things as they come. He's a very prosaic person, as his hobby stamp collecting shows.
He's stranded halfway across the country, and every cop in America has just seen his picture. Normally, a person who is an assassin isn't likely to engender much sympathy or caring on the part of the reader. He is, without question in my mind, one of the best writers going out there. But his employer has outsmarted him and managed to pin the assassination of the personable governor of Ohio on him—for once, a killing that wasn't pulled off by Keller. Keller accedes and it eventually sets off the life altering series of events alluded to above. Unlike the Scudder series, the Keller stories are third person but with Keller himself as the only point-of-view character, so we experience the stories solely through his eyes and thoughts. Block does offer some funny lines.
One might think this type of employment and hobby just don't seem to go together. For that reason, Keller goes to the Des Moines International airport, finds a similar car and swaps plates. My shock at liking a series of books about a hired killer has also been well recorded in those earlier reviews. Can you tell I was disappointed? John Keller really makes this book something special. When a governor gets killed and his photograph appears in the media as being the face the killer, Keller knows he made some smart choices by trusting his instincts and gradually starts moving back to the big apple where he considers his home to be. He's got money in the bank and just one last job standing between him and retirement.
To view it, Keller goes to Des Moines on his last job and winds up getting framed for murdering the governor. The narrator does a good job, except his imitation of a busy phone signal is grating. For years now he's had places to go and people to kill. The only person he could really trust was Dot. The relationship with Dot altered too, and the two of them became even closers friends than business partners. So, chère sit back and enjoy the ride.
It won't be my last. Block has managed to achieve that remarkable feat by creating a man who views his job as just that. The final act is to go right a wrong by killing someone to even the score. This wasn't a Matt Scudder book or a Bernie Rhodenbarr book. For years now he's had places to go and people to kill. Read, and join the choir. Even when an author shakes up a formula for a book, you always assume that there will some kind of return to baseline in the next one.
The only way I can describe this latest Lawrence Block thriller is to say that it totally consumed me. But when the caller offers easy money for an hour's work, Bernie can't ignore the job. Keller is a paid assassin. A ve This was the very first novel by Lawrence Block I have ever read. Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century.
I enjoyed this book, although at times, and it seems to be Keller's style, I got a little tired of Keller over-thinking situations. Since I collected stamps as a kid, I thought this might be interesting! About the quality of the plot that is. Block always threw in a few new stories each volume as well. Waiting in Des Moines for the client's go-ahead, Keller's picking out stamps for his collection at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio. But, of course, we said that at the end of the last book, so who knows? He does it well, and we as readers get to look on while he finds creative ways to eliminate his victims. I guess Block could use the same trick that Max Allen Collins used for his hit man, Quarry, and introduce a series of stories told before he retired, but I think Block is done with Keller. Although he left his gun in the car, he is able to easily disarm a knife-wielding rapist and proceeds to kill the man with his bare, well-practiced hands.
All in all, well worth the price! Yes, John was set up. In fact, the attention is seized in inverse proportion to the speed and urgency of the plot. But Elle is no petty thief - with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This was the very first novel by Lawrence Block I have ever read. As the lovable contract killer, Keller might be one of my favorite literary characters. Block even takes time to dig into the problems New Orleans the city where Keller ends up faces even now. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication.
He has to somehow remain incognito in order to elude both the law and Al and figure out how to start his life all over again. Suddenly he's on the run, all the evidence pointing the cops his way and literally nowhere to go. What did you like best about this story? Have you been let down by a currently popular writer of mysteries? Only Lawrence Block could pull all of this off and hold our attention while doing it. Unlike the previous books in the Keller series, this one is more like a conventional novel rather than a lot of related episodes. John Keller is a hit man who has retirement on his horizon. Worst of all, he has to face the loss of those that were close to him.