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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Block Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Keller’s Greatest Hits Series Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781470335847
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Bestselling author and Grand Master Lawrence Block returns to his deadliest hit man.

A man named Nicholas Edwards lives in New Orleans renovating houses, doing honest work, and making decent money at it. Between his family and his stamp collection, all his spare time is happily accounted for. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that he used to kill people for a living.

But when the nation’s economy tanks, taking the construction business with it, all it takes is one phone call to drag him back into the game. It may say Nicholas Edwards on his driver’s license and credit cards, but he’s back to being the man he always was: Keller.

Keller’s work takes him to New York, the former home he hasn’t dared revisit, where his target is the abbot of a midtown monastery. Another call puts him on a West Indies cruise, with several interesting fellow passengers—the government witness, the incandescent young woman keeping the witness company, and, sharing Keller’s cabin, his wife, Julia. But the high drama comes in Cheyenne, where a recent widow is looking to sell her husband’s stamp collection.

In Hit Me, legendary Edgar Grand Master and New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Block returns to one of his most beloved characters. Welcome back, Keller. You’ve been missed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly enjoyable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “It’s easy to imagine Block grinning as he reinvents his always fascinating character [Keller]. Block writes so appealingly about the world of philately that some fans might decide to take up stamp collecting. Hit Me is a delightful change of pace.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “In the fifth entry in the Keller series, the appealing antihero with his own moral code continues to dig into the motives of his distant employers and make his own decisions about who deserves to die. But stamp collecting is more than just a secondary theme here, and Block’s discourses about the history behind stamps are vivid enough to pique the interest even of those not at all inclined toward the hobby. Master mystery writer Block is at the top of his form here.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 2/7/2014

    " In spite of some genuinely funny dialogue and a number of vivid characters, this collection of Keller stories seemed a little perfunctory to me. It is heavily freighted with long, detailed discussions of the nuances of stamp collecting, none of which had much to do with any of the plots. OK, Keller-the-killer keeps his guilt at bay and manages to stay sane partly by collecting stamps: I get it. But here it takes up so much time that it is a distraction, more or less like the repeated and repeated AA meetings in Block's Matthew Scudder novels. Maybe Block himself is more interested in stamp collecting than in writing. These stories show signs of being written by a master who no longer needs to do anything but gesture at actually writing the story. Block admits in one of them that they are really just puzzles--how will Keller get past the guards, or get into the impregnable building, or be two places at once, or correctly identify the real intended victim, or whatever? Once the puzzle is solved (and Block knows that we know he will solve it), there is no further interest. So here, the actual murders are foregone conclusions, and we don't actually witness any of them. Once Keller has figured out how to do it, the actual execution (in both senses) is assumed. In the last story, Block even foregoes clarifying the puzzle--he just states that Keller will successfully figure out who deserves to be killed, and the story ends. Maybe next time (if there is one) the phone will ring, it will be Dot with a job for Keller, and Block will let us assume the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Nenninger | 1/23/2014

    " A good thriller with an interesting premise. I read another of his books and it is the same method. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John McKenna | 1/7/2014

    " It reprises one of the most interesting, iconic characters in all crime fiction literature, a legendary hit man known only as Keller. This an entertaining romp through the pages of Mr. Block's latest work. You will have a great time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci Blaize | 1/4/2014

    " I haven't read the other Keller stories. I enjoyed this one for a lazy Saturday read. A little more detail about stamp collecting than was probably necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Stewart rumsey | 1/2/2014

    " Well worth the wait! The ending clearly suggests another book is on the way. The beginning was a little slow and the Keller and Dot personalities took awhile to emerge. Overall a great read as usual from Mr. Block. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Mann Owens | 12/29/2013

    " I continue to love this series. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Marsten | 12/27/2013

    " If you liked the other Keller books, you will certainly want to read this one too. But if you are new to this author, start with the first in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Archie McCain | 11/16/2013

    " Lawrence Block is very underrated. His sense of pace and the non-linear approach to the story is outstanding. I highly recommend his books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bugsman1 | 11/8/2013

    " This book is more a series of short stories than a novel. Way too much information on stamp collecting and not enough plot. The wife was odd. Overall not impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Missling | 10/8/2013

    " If you have not read anything by Lawrence Block, I highly suggest you start! I have read at least 25 of his books and have never been disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 9/15/2013

    " An excellent addition to the Keller series. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. As I suspect that this may be the last Keller book that LB publishes, I must say it is a fitting close to what is a fine little series of 5 books. Long live Keller and Dot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Stoess | 7/18/2013

    " Keller, as a family man, is "less" violent. Nice to see that he has a new occupation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 7/9/2013

    " It's such a treat to have Keller back again. His conversations with Dot, his "handler" are hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Prebish | 6/20/2013

    " Another solid entry in the Hit Man series. If this is indeed Lawrence Block's last novel, he has gone out on a high note. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonelle | 5/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed the first few books in Block's unexpected crime novel series about Keller, a professional hit man. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series, and if you like those, you'll find this update on what Keller's been up to since his 'retirement' interestng too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bibi | 5/1/2013

    " Did not enjoy this book. Distracted by the bits on stamp collection; plot is jagged as the author writes little sections on each "hit" he has been assigned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert Belcher | 3/1/2013

    " I have read all the Keller books. Totally love them!!!! "

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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.