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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,032 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Keller’s Greatest Hits Series Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780061746024
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Keller's a hit man. For years now he's had places to go and people to kill.

But enough is enough. He's got money in the bank and just one last job standing between him and retirement. So he carries it out with his usual professionalism, and he heads home, and guess what?

One more job. Paid in advance, so what's he going to do? Give the money back?In Des Moines, Keller stalks his designated target and waits for the client to give him the go-ahead. And one fine morning he's picking out stamps for his collection (Sweden 1-5, the official reprints) at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio.

Back at his motel, Keller's watching TV when they show the killer's face. And there's something all too familiar about that face. . . .

Keller calls his associate Dot in White Plains, but there is no answer. He's stranded halfway across the country, every cop in America's just seen his picture, his ID and credit cards are no longer good, and he just spent almost all of his cash on the stamps.

Now what?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Block’s trademark blend of humor and violence is a good fit for the deadpan Keller…One of the crime genre’s most unusual antiheroes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The wry observations throughout, uttered by Keller as well as the other two main characters, will keep you smiling until your cheeks hurt.”

    New York Sun

  • “A knockout…Block delivers a one-two punch of humor and introspection.”

    Boston Herald

  • “One of the best novels of the summer season. Block remains a true master of the crime genre.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “If there is one crime writer currently capable of matching the noirish legacies of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, it’s Lawrence Block.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “With Lawrence Block, one of the most prolific mystery writers alive, it’s always been plotting, and a clever ear for dialogue, that illuminates the inner regions of his characters’ souls.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer 

  • “As entertaining as we’ve come to expect from Block’s books.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Brisk, suspenseful, and funny.”

    Library Journal 

  • “Block treats both his unlikely hero’s initial flight and his attempt to establish a new identity in such painstaking detail that they become riveting…From the first, Keller assumes this hit will be his last case. Readers can only hope it isn’t so.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • CWA Gold Dagger Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dugger | 2/10/2014

    " Decent story with good twists. Not sure if we'll see another Keller book after this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald | 2/9/2014

    " It was a great treat to read an inverted story, where the criminal was the good guy, the hero for whom you rooted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syd_loves2read | 2/1/2014

    " Great book, with just the right hummor, and thrill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/23/2014

    " This hit man series is very entertaining. Block wrote a Burglar series that was funny too. I don't usually like funny mysteries but this had enough other things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Faulkner | 1/17/2014

    " Unusual premise, great execution. Now I have to go back and read the first three in the series! In fact, they're on my TBR at the moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moe | 1/14/2014

    " This was a very fast read. Now have another of Block's books on my shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 1/12/2014

    " seems like the end of this series. A happy ending for keller, one of the good bad guys. Not as much action as i would have expected for a series final, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/11/2014

    " This is really more of a Keller the killer on the "run" than a "hit" book. It was kinda refreshing but it was less a cat and mouse situation than an involved run for your life plot. i think i have like the prior Lawrence Block "Hit" books better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 1/1/2014

    " Just okay. I like Block's books, but his Matthew Scudder books are the best; everyone in my family and all of my friends like "When the Sacred Ginmill Closes". Hit and Run...if you don't have anything better, go ahead and read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Metcalf | 12/27/2013

    " I didn't think it was his best. It read to me as if this was the end of Keller and Mr Block didn't have his heart in it any more. That be said there are other characters and many many more books. He his an excellent writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond | 12/7/2013

    " The latest in the Hit Man "Keller" series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/2/2013

    " Another in his series, entertaining at first, then digresses and becomes a little boring. Ends up as a sort of chick-lit of the hit man genre, hence the 3 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 8/25/2013

    " At first I was a bit bored with this book, due to a lot of internal thought processes and not enough action, but about half-way through, the plot takes off when the main character--a hit man trying to retire--meets up with some sympathetic and interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Offutt | 5/9/2013

    " I never thought I'd be rooting for a stone cold killer for hire. Even if he was framed for murder. A good read, engrossing and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John jaynes | 3/15/2013

    " Lawrence Block is one of my dirty little secrets, like Robert Parker or Stephen King. Great way to kill a few hours in a plane or on the beach. No heavy lifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 3/1/2013

    " 4th in the Keller series.and I am sure the end of it. He is no longer a hit man. Retired and starting a family with Julie. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Trimble | 2/10/2013

    " This one took me longer to read. It's my first Block book, and I didn't know this was a series character. All I kept thinking is, "I'm supposed to CARE that this guy was framed, is on the run, etc.?" But, don't know you....???? Block actually made me care about him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 5/16/2012

    " Block's hitman Keller is one of the better Parker influenced crime series and Hit and Run is no exception. A quick one sitting read that also reminds me of Thomas Perry's old Jane Whitfield books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/21/2012

    " I didn't think I'd ever find a serial killer that I like so much! Block has definitely created such a guy, and I hope to soon read more of his "Hit" series.... starting with the first one, Hit Man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 1/7/2012

    " An assassin is set up for a political murder and escapes. This is the story of the escape and what happens during that time. It was fascinating and made me want to read more of Block's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 10/14/2011

    " My least favorite of the Keller books, however still very enjoyable... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 7/14/2011

    " Just about to finish the book and it is an engrossing story. We care about Keller and the predicament he get into that has him on the run. That is something Block does well, makes us care about the people in his stories. Surprise ending, but very satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 7/4/2011

    " Lawrence Block's straight forward story telling always pulls me in. Can't believe he created a protagonist as a hit man and I actually like him. This one was set in Des Moines so it was fun reading about a local setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 4/16/2011

    " Just about to finish the book and it is an engrossing story. We care about Keller and the predicament he get into that has him on the run. That is something Block does well, makes us care about the people in his stories. Surprise ending, but very satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 3/19/2011

    " Unusual premise, great execution. Now I have to go back and read the first three in the series! In fact, they're on my TBR at the moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 2/2/2011

    " This one took me longer to read. It's my first Block book, and I didn't know this was a series character. All I kept thinking is, "I'm supposed to CARE that this guy was framed, is on the run, etc.?" But, don't know you....???? Block actually made me care about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 1/21/2011

    " My least favorite of the Keller books, however still very enjoyable... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 1/4/2011

    " An entertaining but light, fast read. Good for a rainy day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minandro | 12/10/2010

    " Very good book and I also found my self cheering for the hired killer and wanting revenge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elvira | 11/30/2010

    " I was really rooting for the assassin. What does that say about me? All I knew was that I wanted the book to end on a happy, hopeful note. This was my first Lawrence Block and I can't wait to read another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 11/29/2010

    " Amazing how he can make a hit man into a sympathetic character. And great New Orleans scenes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 10/12/2010

    " This may be my favorite Keller book out there. I love everything about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syd_loves2read | 9/13/2010

    " Great book, with just the right hummor, and thrill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 9/10/2010

    " Lawrence Block's straight forward story telling always pulls me in. Can't believe he created a protagonist as a hit man and I actually like him. This one was set in Des Moines so it was fun reading about a local setting. "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block is the recipient of a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and a New York Times bestselling author. His prolific career spans over one hundred books, including four bestselling series and dozens of short stories and articles. He has won multiple Edgar and Shamus awards, two Falcon Awards from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, the Nero and Philip Marlowe Awards, the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of America, and many others. Aside from being a mystery writer, he has also written a number of episodes for television, including two episodes of the ESPN series Tilt; he also cowrote the screenplay for the film My Blueberry Nights, starring Norah Jones. Block currently lives in New York City with his wife, Lynne.

About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He is a well-known and prolific audiobook narration who has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.