Tuesday 2 January 2018
LAWRENCE BLOCK - KELLER IN DALLAS (2009)
This novella continues the story of Keller, after the wistful stamp-collecting hit man retired in New Orleans at the end of Hit & Run. A phone call and an economic downturn is all it takes to put him back in business.
Keller in Dallas, a Kindle bestseller, serves too as the opening episode of Lawrence Block's brand-new bestseller, Hit Me.
A quick and enjoyable re-read of a Keller short which I first encountered a couple of years ago.
Despite reading it less than two years ago, it still felt fresh and new and interesting and exciting. Only in the last couple of pages did I remember what happened regarding Keller's first job out of retirement.
Funny enough it was about a year ago I re-read Hit Man the first full length Keller novel. I still have the four other Keller novels to read, plus the other 9 or so short stories-cum-novellas, which Block has penned over the last few years.
It was interesting to see the changes in Keller's circumstances since the start of the series. He's married with a daughter and has a legitimate job renovating properties. A phone call from Dot, the contact for his hits in his previous life, coincides with a troubling time work-wise. The economy is in a downturn and while cash isn't tight, he could use the money, particularly as there is an interesting stamp auction coming up. Keller is now a fully fledged philatelist.
Block 99% of the time snares me with his writing - I can't think of anyone else who could make stamp collecting seem interesting and exciting.
An enjoyable re-read.
4.5 from 5
Keller in Dallas thoughts from 2016 here.
Read in January 2018
Published - 2009
Page count - 43
Source - owned copy
Format - Kindle