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An Interesting Collection of Short Stories
on 10 July 2000
Hit Man is a collection of short stories featuring the professional hitman Keller. Like most of Lawrence Block's other books Keller is based in New York, but due to the nature of his work he finds himself going off to different locations with each story which reminded me a little of Block's Evan Tanner series where he always starts off in New York before going somewhere exotic.
Kellers trips are not usually that exotic and stay within the United States. Each of the stories within the novel are good in their own right and there is no real stand out one as the best. But perhaps because of the fact that each one was a stand alone story that has been collected within this book, there always seems to be a lack of connection with each one and I think this prevents a connection being made to Keller by the reader as would happen with Matt Scudder, Bernie Rhodenbarr or Evan Tanner in Block's other novels.
Overall, it's a good collection of short stories that don't necesate reading all at once, although it is best to read them in sequence. I look forward to Block's next book Hit List also featuring Keller, but hope that it is an actual novel though featuring Keller, rather than another collection of short stories, as Keller shows a great deal of potential and could become as immortal as Block's other creations.