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HIT AND RUN
LAWRENCE BLOCK
ISBN# (10):0-312-36779-1/ (13): 978-0-06-084090-7 Hardcover and (10): 0-06-156272-6 / (13): 978-0-06-156272-3 Large Print
June 24, 2008
William Morrow (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
Hard Cover
$24.95 U.S./$26.95 Canada and $ 24.95 Large Print
304 Pages
Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 4 Cups

John Keller, a professional hit man, has one more job to finish. He is looking forward to retirement and spending time with his favorite hobby, stamp collecting.

Julia Emilie Roussard finds herself being attacked by the same man who fits the description of killing and raping a nurse in Audubon Park. John comes to her rescue.

One more case and John can retire. While in Des Moines, he carefully trails his elected target. After completing the job, he heads home, only to learn it is not that easy. While in his hotel room, all the television seems to be buzzing about is the assassination of Ohio Governor Langford. The photo of the killer catches his eye. It is his face plastered on the screen. John hurriedly calls Dot, his agent and friend, who sets up all his appointments, only to get her voice mail. On the run, he keeps a low profile until he returns to Manhattan. He learns his precious stamp collection is gone and the killer is after him. With Dot’s help, he maps out his strategy to stay one step ahead of the real killer, who shadows his every move. His stretch of highway sends him down to New Orleans where he rescues Julia from a rapist. She is extremely grateful to him. The attraction they feel toward each other grows, but John’s only concern is proving he is innocent.

First off, Mr. Block weaves a thriller that practically sucks the breath out of the reader. I love the character of John. There is a soft side to him that makes him a genuine person. The well-crafted plot, with John in the hot seat, is composed remarkably. I thought bringing in Julia was another ingenious move. John has his stamp collection and deep down has growing feelings for Julia as well, but has to fight them until he clears his name. I believe they blend in well with the storyline. I still think Dot is a trooper the way she always comes to John’s aid. Hit and Run is one clever read loaded in non-stop action. I absolutely love Mr. Block’s style of writing. This is one reader he has hooked for life.

Cherokee
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