Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hit and Run - Book Review

Hit and Run is Lawrence Block's latest in his series about Keller, the hit man, and it was a well done. Much lighter than Block's Scudder series but not as light as his Bernie Rhodenbarr series. The hero's a paid killer, after all, and when you think about it, no matter how well he's presented, the guy kills people for a living. Not the kind of guy you'd want to hang out with.

The plot is a kind of locked-room-mystery kind of thing, with Keller on a job only to find he's been set up and has to make his way home without resources of any kind. That's the fun of most of the plot and then it's all tied up just like it's supposed to at the end. Block's style is nearly invisible and the pace clips right along even though there's not exactly a lot of thrilling stuff going on. In fact, it's not thrilling at all but rather absorbing.

I'm a big fan of Block's. He's up to his high standards with this one.

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