Keller's a hit man. For years now he's had places to go and people to kill.
But enough is enough. He's got money in the bank and just one last job standing between him and retirement. So he carries it out with his usual professionalism, and he heads home, and guess what?
One more job. Paid in advance, so what's he going to do? Give the money back?In Des Moines, Keller stalks his designated target and waits for the client to give him the go-ahead. And one fine morning he's picking out stamps for his collection (Sweden 1-5, the official reprints) at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio.
Back at his motel, Keller's watching TV when they show the killer's face. And there's something all too familiar about that face. . . .
Keller calls his associate Dot in White Plains, but there is no answer. He's stranded halfway across the country, every cop in America's just seen his picture, his ID and credit cards are no longer good, and he just spent almost all of his cash on the stamps.
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by Lawrence Block
"HIT AND RUN may be the best Lawrence Block audiobook to date, thanks in no small part to narrator Richard Poe. Uniquely, the story doesn't feature a cop or private detective, but an assassin who is trying to stay alive after his bosses turn on him. Protagonist John Keller challenges the listener to root for the bad guy--who desperately wants to stay alive. Poe's strong, reassuring voice holds the listener's attention as surely as Block's powerful writing, and his pacing is perfect as he characterizes Keller's paranoia, skill, and determination. With nuanced tones that project Keller's sad memories and yearning, Poe makes him a vulnerable character listeners can cheer on. And we do. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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