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Keller in Dallas [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Block
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This novella continues the story of Keller, after the wistful stamp-collecting hit man retired in New Orleans at the end of Hit & Run. A phone call and an economic downturn is all it takes to put him back in business.

Keller in Dallas, a Kindle bestseller, serves too as the opening episode of Lawrence Block's brand-new bestseller, Hit Me.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Lawrence Block (26 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keller Novella is Stellar 5 Aug. 2012
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Keller. What a gent. A stamp collector who won't take up contracts on children. My kind of hit-man.
He began life on the page in a collection of killings that ran from one to another. Because of that, he's the perfect character for a standalone short.

You don't need prior knowledge to enjoy this one - Block provides enough back-story to keep a newcomer informed without alienating those familiar with the work.

Here, Keller is a new person. He has a new identity, new home-town, a family and a socially acceptable job. Unfortunately, his work is suffering from the recession, so when his ex-boss Dot (no longer in White Plains or having the same name) gets in touch about a job, it's difficult for him to turn it down. The icing on the cake is that he can combine the killing with a stamp-collectors' conference.

Keller's different in his approach on this one that I'm used to. A little rusty. Not prepared to do all the careful planning. He has Google (and maybe easy access to information has made us all a little complacent) to help him and something to lose.

Thankfully he's still agile in terms of improvising at the scene.

This job plays out unexpectedly. The twists and action keep the interest levels high.

It's a pleasure of a read. In some ways this read is a little bit like a classic car. There might be the odd splutter from the engine and a dent or two in the body-work, but it purrs and flows when it's on the open road. It's all you'd want from a hit-man story.

I had high expectations when I bought this and I certainly wasn't disappointed.

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3.0 out of 5 stars If you collect stamps and kill people... 26 Mar. 2013
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Lawrence Block, in any or all of his pseudonymous incarnations, is one of my favourite writers, but the Killer stories leave me curiously cold. I stress "stories" since the Keller books are never really novels; more collections of short stories about the chill and affectless life of hired killer Keller, who assassinates people the way most of us buy a quart of milk. Sociopaths can be fun to read about - one thinks of Donald Westlake/Richard Stark's Parker - but Keller is chill. Even his stamp collecting fails to humanise him. Keller is at home only in his own head, and it's a lonely place. Entering it is like opening an unexpectedly unlocked door, peeking into the empty apartment, then guiltily leaving before you're seen. Satisfying on some level, but not what one could call "exciting".
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2.0 out of 5 stars love Block but disappointed with the book 28 Aug. 2013
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I love all Lawrence Block books and have read all, including the earlier books. However, I found this was lacking and I was disappointed.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short "Hit Man" novella for your Kindle....excellent work by Block 4 May 2010
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Can Keller really stayed retired living the good life as a father and real estate guy in New Orleans? The real estate market crashes so what's Keller doing for money? Well, in this novella the "Dot and Keller" connection returns as she's back in business and Keller needs the income to support his family.

Keller comes to Dallas for the hit and, in typical Lawrence Block style, is funny, serious and philosophical in the ways of life. Keller has an motive of hunting for an elusive stamp (Keller is a HUGE stamp collector) so a big auction in Dallas is his "excuse" for the visit to Big D all the while planning his trip to once again be a hired assassin for money.

The plot has a great twist at the end and I enjoyed the entire novella from beginning to end. It's cheap on KINDLE and worth the time to read. Hopefully, Lawrence Block has more plans in the future for Mr. Keller.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusé bouche for devoted Keller fans 7 Dec. 2010
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Stripped down Keller tale that feels like a skeleton for a longer novel. It's all there - sort of. Miss the longer versions where Block's characters hold forth and ruminate extensively on the human condition. More bon mots as well from Block who has a nice comedic touch. Worth $1.98? Sure but leaves you wishing there were more.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitherto unpublished Keller novella 17 Feb. 2010
By W. Frederick Zimmerman - Published on
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I was thrilled to find this novella, which is not available in printed form, at all, on the Kindle.

the Kindle formatting needs a careful proofing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keller is back! 27 Dec. 2011
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Keller, Lawrence Block's stamp collecting paid killer, is back on the job. We all thought Keller had retired after Hit and Run, but things have been slow lately and Dot called so. . . .

Keller in Dallas was my first experience with an e-book and I read it from my computer (using the Kindle for PC software) and not on a pure Kindle device therefore my review may be a little biased because of that. I like the character of John Keller, despite what he does for a living, and Block is my favorite author, but this was not a great Keller story. It has the usual twists, turns and deadpan humor that Block does so well, but there was just something missing. Maybe because I really wanted Keller to go straight after Hit and Run or because now he is a married man who calls his wife periodically it did not entirely feel like the same old Keller who struggled with so many of life's big questions. Block does provide a lot of good background in this story as to how Keller got to be a contract killer in the first place which I don't recall from any of the previous novels or short stories so for that alone the book is worth the price of admission.

In short, if you are new to John Keller than I would pick up one of the earlier books. If you want to know more about Keller and his life after New Orleans described in Hit and Run then Keller in Dallas is for you.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our Favorite Hit Man is Back 7 Jan. 2010
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Could Keller stay retired? You'll find out in this short story length tale that has the usual dark humor and irony of Block's previous books about our favorite hit man. It's a fun read and well worth the $1.98. Four stars instead of five because the formatting is funky with weird ascii characters for quotation marks and single quotes as well as word substitutions that slipped past the spell checker like "pug" for "plug" and "the" for "he".
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