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by Lawrence Block
William Morrow, June 2008, $

If there's a Nobel Prize for the Sweetest Novel About an Assassin, this one gets my vote.

Yeah. "Sweet." Because that's exactly what the latest in Block's Keller series is.After years of flying here and there, dispassionately dispatching assorted souls to meet their maker, the affable hit man reckons it's time to retire. Visions of a life of leisure, nested in his NYC apartment watching his large-screen TV and working on his beloved stamp collection dancing in his head, he informs Dot, his business partner and one true friend, that his upcoming assignment, a nothing-special hit in Des Moines, will be his last. Why not, Dot figures? Thanks to some shrewd investments, they both have enough to live comfortably for the rest of their lives.

But Keller never gets to complete his last job and instead finds himself the subject of a nation-wide manhunt, framed for the assassination of the popular Obama-like governor of Ohio.

Reduced to the money he has on hand, with Dot missing and presumed dead, and the law closing in, the chameleon-like killer has no choice but to take it on the run, doing so in spectacular fashion, reinventing himself as he goes, revealing often surprising resources. To reveal more would be unfair, but suffice to say that fans both old and new will be delighted--and yes, even charmed--by the unexpected twists and turns, both domestic and homicidal, that Keller's quixotic quest takes. Like I said, sweet.

Kevin Burton Smith

If there's a Nobel Prize for the Sweetest Novel About an Assassin, this one gets my vote.

Yeah. "Sweet." Because that's exactly what the latest in Block's Keller series is.After years of flying here and there, dispassionately dispatching assorted souls to meet their maker, the affable hit man reckons it's time to retire. Visions of a life of leisure, nested in his NYC apartment watching his large-screen TV and working on his beloved stamp collection dancing in his head, he informs Dot, his business partner and one true friend, that his upcoming assignment, a nothing-special hit in Des Moines, will be his last. Why not, Dot figures? Thanks to some shrewd investments, they both have enough to live comfortably for the rest of their lives.

But Keller never gets to complete his last job and instead finds himself the subject of a nation-wide manhunt, framed for the assassination of the popular Obama-like governor of Ohio.

Reduced to the money he has on hand, with Dot missing and presumed dead, and the law closing in, the chameleon-like killer has no choice but to take it on the run, doing so in spectacular fashion, reinventing himself as he goes, revealing often surprising resources. To reveal more would be unfair, but suffice to say that fans both old and new will be delighted--and yes, even charmed--by the unexpected twists and turns, both domestic and homicidal, that Keller's quixotic quest takes. Like I said, sweet.

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by Lawrence Block
William Morrow, June 2008, $

Block
June 2008
hit-and-run
William Morrow