Keller's got a code of honor, though he'd never call it that. And he keeps the job strictly business. But while Keller might be a pragmatic and crack assassin, he's also prone to doubts and loneliness just like everybody else. And though he's got Dot, his wisecracking contact and sometimes confidante, these days, it doesn't seem to be enough.
Keller's been at this business a long while. Just maybe it's time to pack it in. Only problem is, retirement takes money. And to get money, he's got to go to work....
Hit Parade, the third novel featuring the fascinating Keller, displays the hallmarks that distinguish Lawrence Block's award-winning fiction: the intelligence, the clever plotting, the humor, the tricky twist and ironic turns, the darkness and emotional complexity, and, above all else, the humanity.
©2006 Lawrence Block; (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers
"Well-crafted....With dry wit." (Publishers Weekly)
"Block's legion of fans will savor his subtle wit, his consummate narrative skills, and his idiosyncratic method of celebrating the lives of working folks in America." (Booklist)
I fell in love with Keller in Hit Man but this one just doesn't take his character as far. Still a fun read but misses the mark. Block is not as good of a narrator as the one in Hit Man. The individual stories are not quite as intriguing and quirky. Seems to ride the coat tails of Hit Man without being as fun.
This short story is a let down after Block's prior work. The voice of this book's reader is very annoying.
Ouch!! It hurts to listen to this book. I listened to the first eddition in this series as fast as I could. It was great, and the narrator really gave Keller & Dot a personality. He picked up on the author's humor and gave the book some life. This new narrator speeds through the story like he's got something better to do, & puts the inflection in the wrong part of the sentences. Doesn't get the authors humor, and stumbles over Kellers quirky thoughts so bad their not funny anymore. Can I get a refund??
This book is an excellent reason why authors should not read their books. As a narrator, Mr. Block exhibits no voice modulation abilities nor is his voice particularly pleasant to listen to.
The narration ruins this book -- I don't think that I'll be able to complete the book because it is just so difficult to figure out who is speaking.
What a shame . . .
This may only be the second audio book I have not finished. I am 51 minutes into it and it just plain s*cks. I have read/heard 80% of Block's stuff and never said anything like this before. It is almost as bad as that Patricia Cornwell book where she tried to be funny...
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
I couldn't make it through the book because the nasality of Mr. Block's voice was so grating. Ordinarily I love his books because they're well-plotted, innovative, and well-written, but just can't make it through this one.
I love Lawrence Block as a writer. Not so much as a narrator. In this case, his voice doesn't do his writing justice. This should have been narrated by Robert Forster (the original Hit Man voice and the bail bondsman in Jackie Brown).
Mr. Block does a terrible job reading his own work. Unable to listen to this story after the wonderful job Forster does with "Hit Man"
This is a fabulously funny book in so many ways and yet it's also deadly serious. I disagree completely not only with people who object to the author's voice (it's perfect for Keller) but to those who wanted more splatter. This is a character study, not a thriller. One of the reasons Keller DOESN'T dwell on the gory particulars is because a) killing is his job, not his thrill and b) he's emotionally incapable of it. The author does a great job of bringing Keller, slowly, into the realm of human experience by giving him things and people to begin to care about. I've never heard the other books in the series, but I do intend to listen. I'm not sure that *I* will be able to shake Block's voice; he's a perfect Keller.
I have made it a practice to never ever buy a book in which the author is the reader... Tony Hillerman being one of the worst...up until now. I was so happy to see another Block that I bought it without even checking to see the name of the reader. Listening to this was truly painful. Monotonic, no character development, just really, really bad. The reading was so horrible that I can even comment on the book. It may actually be pretty good.
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