Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hit Parade

Hit Parade Hit Parade by Lawrence Block
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Keller continues his career as a hit man, killing such targets as an aging baseball player, multiple sides in a love triangle, and a fellow stamp collector, as well as dealing with his feelings about 9/11, adding to his stamp collection, and discussing various things with Dot, his broker.

As it always is with the Keller books, Hit Parade is more about Keller between jobs than about the actual killing and therein lies the charm. Keller deals with his feelings, wondering if he's a sociopath on one occasion and debating with himself about his targets. His relationship with Dot reminds me slightly of Jeeves and Wooster, which isn't all that surprising considering Block is a Wodehouse fan. Granted Bertie Wooster never murdered anyone for money but still...

Keller's a hit man with a sensitive side. If that's your bag, you could do worse than to pick up Hit Parade, or any of the Keller books, for that matter.

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