In this brand-new novella, Keller, everyone's favorite assassin for hire, is Chicago-bound on Amtrak's City of New Orleans, ready to do what he does best. But it's complicated. Usually there's someone ready to point him toward the target. Or he'll have a photo, say. Or, bare minimum, a name and address.
Not this time. When he gets to Baker's Bluff, Illinois, he'll have to play private detective before he can get down to business. Well, okay. He knows how it works. So before he boards his train, before he even packs his suitcase, Keller buys a fedora.
Keller, a faithful husband, doting father, and dedicated philatelist, has become a guilty pleasure for an increasing number of listeners. They don't think they should like the guy - but they just can't help themselves.
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This question is difficult to answer because Keller's Fedora is a novella and I have so many different genres of audiobooks in my library so comparing this to all of the others cannot be done easily. Having said that...
As a mystery/thriller Keller's Fedora is definitely in the top 5. The plot is good, the characters are well presented, there is humor peppered throughout and I looked forward to getting back into my car so that I could hear more.
Yes, mainly because the plot is fast moving. The main (and title) character, Keller, is a hired killer, and thus the author structures this with the invitation, the planning, the execution, but as always there is a twist that must also be handled. The plot kept unfolding and my interest was kept.
Himself. Rarely do I have the chance to hear an author read his or her own audiobook. In one book, a former President does so, but does not do so well. In "Keller's Fedora" I felt that Lawrence Block's narration helped draw me into the story further. The author can do what many cannot, translate his work in the way he intended to when he first put the words down up on the page. A few of the wry jokes and humorous musings might have been lost if not for the author making sure, through his vocal styling, to make sure that me, the reader, got the joke. I also loved Block's Eastern (New York?) accent, not to heavy but just enough to add some credence to the characters he presents through his oral reading.
Keller, the killer for hire, is the narrator of the story and he looks at life, makes observations, and offers satirical comments, and many of these led me to laughing out loud.
If you need a break from that 33 and a half hour audiobook that you are planning to delve into, then I recommend this as a short respite and a satisfying listen.
"Master storyteller in word and voice."
How lovely to once again hear Lawrence Block read, beautifully, his own work! Unmissable and very enjoyable. Maybe I'll listen to it again, maybe a couple of times, just to be absolutely sure .......
Absorbing characterisations, tightly-plotted storyline, never predictable, always gripping.
I had already read 'Keller's Fedora' on Kindle, but when I heard the author had done his own narration I couldn't resist! Although there are other excellent author-approved narrations of Lawrence Block novels and short stories (Scudder, Rhodenbarr, Ehrengraf) it's always a joy to hear this author read his own work. Highly-recommended - and if this is your first Block/Keller experience you're in for a treat!
Moral dilemma? What moral dilemma? Oh. Right.
Now I want to re-read all the Keller novels again. And listen to them. And the Rhodenbarrs. And the Ehrengrafs.
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