Sunday 18 February 2018

Past catches up with paid assassin

One of multi-award winning and hugely prolific crime writer Lawrence Block's most engaging creations is John Keller, paid assassin, stamp collector, chronic worrier and, like his creator, a fully paid-up citizen of the Big Apple.

This is the fifth thriller featuring Keller, who at the conclusion of the last instalment of his adventures, Hit and Run, was forced to quit New York hurriedly and relocate to post-Katrina New Orleans.

He's become a model citizen, having acquired a new name and a legitimate business doing up ramshackle houses. But old habits die hard and when Dot, the lady who gave him his contracts in his old life, calls out of the blue, Keller the hitman returns.

In no time flat he's brought his ingenious methods of problem solving to a domestic dispute in Dallas, to Florida where he deals with a government witness of a West Indies cruise, and to Wyoming where a house has burned down. But when Dot asks him to go back to New York he comes face to face with his past and a line he swore he'd never cross.

This is a hugely engaging and witty caper from a master of the craft.

Myles McWeeney

Irish Independent

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