July 2008 Indie Next List
“Lawrence Block's hit man protagonist Keller is alone in Des Moines after being set up for murdering a presidential candidate. (After all, he was just in Iowa to do another contract killing.)The action never stops and leaves us hungering for the next book.”
— Patricia Worth, River Reader, Lexington, MO
For years now Keller's had places to go and people to kill.
But enough is enough. Just one more job--paid in advance--and he's going to retire. Waiting in Des Moines for the client's go-ahead, Keller's picking out stamps for his collection at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio. Back at his motel, Keller sees the killer's face broadcast on TV. A face he's seen quite often. Every morning. In the mirror.
Keller calls his associate Dot in White Plains, but there's no answer. He's stranded halfway across the country, and every cop in America has just seen his picture. His ID and credit cards are no longer good, and he just spent almost all of his cash on the stamps.
About the Author
Lawrence Block, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, is a many-time winner of the Anthony, Edgar and Shamus Awards, as well as a recipient of prizes in France, Germany and Japan. He also received the British Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in crime writing. "A Walk Among the Tombstones", one of the novels in his Matthew Scudder series, was adapted into a 2014 film starring Liam Neeson. The author of more than fifty books and numerous short stories, he is a devout New Yorker and an enthusiastic world traveler.
“A knockout. . . . Block delivers a one-two punch of humor and introspection.”
“One of the best novels of the summer season. Block remains a true master of the crime genre.”
“If there is one crime writer currently capable of matching the noirish legacies of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, it’s Lawrence Block.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Block treats both his unlikely hero’s initial flight and his attempt to establish a new identity in such painstaking detail that they become riveting....From the first, Keller assumes this hit will be his last case. Readers can only hope it isn’t so.”
“Brisk, suspenseful, and funny.”
“Block’s trademark blend of humor and violence is a good fit for the deadpan Keller. . . . One of the crime genre’s most unusual antiheroes.”
“The wry observations throughout, uttered by Keller as well as the other two main characters, will keep you smiling until your cheeks hurt.”
-New York Sun
“An odd and appealing combination of the hard-boiled, the surreal and the whimsical. Keller grows on us.”
-San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
“[An] engrossing thriller”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Crazy, good fun, crafted by an experienced mystery writer who should never put down his pen.”
“As entertaining as we’ve come to expect from Block’s books.”
“With Lawrence Block, one of the most prolific mystery writers alive, it’s always been plotting, and a clever ear for dialogue, that illuminates the inner regions of his characters’ souls.”
“Against all odds, Block will have you rooting for the professional killer.”
“Block keeps the readers on edge.”
-Daily News (Iron Mountain-Kingsford, MI)
“Lawrence Block’s crime fiction stands out because of his ability to create interesting and likeable characters....[Hit and Run] is no exception.”