Block, Lawrence. Hit Me.

NY: Little, Brown, 2011.

When last we saw Keller — whose name is one letter away from his occupation — he had been forced to go on the run by an ex-employer cleaning house and had ended up in a completely new life (and with a new name) in New Orleans, doing construction work. I sort of thought that was the end of his career, that Block was sending him into a pleasant retirement, but I guess you just can’t keep a good hit man down.

Actually, with the collapse of the post-Katrina rebuilding boom, Keller is feeling the need for other sources of revenue, if only to keep from spending the capital in his offshore accounts on his stamp collection. And there’s always a need for a trained professional among those in politics and big business, not to mention the divorced wealthy set. So off he goes, first to Dallas, then to Wyoming, then on a Caribbean cruise, and so on. And philately is often an important theme, which makes it even more fun for a long-time collector like me. Each episode is really a standalone short story (I know “Keller in Dallas” has been previously published) but the volume as a whole is a great way to waste a weekend.

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