Day 14: Favorite Book of Your Favorite Writer
As I wrote yesterday, Lawrence Block is my favorite writer. There are so many books to choose from as I enjoy most of what I've read by him. For sentimental reasons I came close to choosing The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams — a Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery — as this was the first Block novel I'd read.
But instead I feel that Hit Man, the first of the standalone Keller novels is my favorite. Keller, the skilled hit man with a heart, was featured in a few short stories prior to their inclusion in book form. I read the book twice, which is a rarity for me. I enjoyed the ironic twists at the end of the chapters and the fact that Keller used stamp collecting (an old hobby of mine as well) as a form of therapy — a way to create order at home away from his violent profession.
The dialogue in Hit Man, as in all of Block's fiction, is snappy and realistic, the settings well developed, and the characters believable. If my memory serves me correctly this was the the primary novel that Block read from during the one time I met him, a decade ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has quite the commanding voice along with the New Yawk accent you just knew Keller owned.