RARA-AVIS: Mini review: Hit List by Lawrence Block

From: Mario Taboada ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 18 Aug 2003

This sequel to Hit Man, featuring hitman Keller, confirmed my misgivings about the character and the concept. This is not a novel but a series of stories chronologically stitched together. Keller's assignments to kill follow each other monotonously, as do his conversations with Dot, his motherly boss, who arranges everything and advises him on life matters.

The gimmick here is that someone is after Keller: yes, a hit man wants to put the competition out of business. The narration gathers some momentum as a trap is laid for the mysterious killer of killers. However, the modest amount of suspense and the final resolution cannot make up for the stale, cutesy dialogue, the dull protagonist and the shallowness of the scenario.

As always with Block, descriptions of New York are accurate and evocative, but that isn't enough to save this book.


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