Hit List (Keller Series)

By Lawrence Block

Keller is a typical man. He is going to the flicks, works on his stamp assortment. name him for jury responsibility and he serves with out grievance. Then infrequently he will get a cellphone name from White Plains that sends him flying off someplace to kill an ideal stranger. Keller is a professional and extremely reliable at what he does. however the jobs have began to get it wrong. the belief is gradual coming but, while it arrives, it's irrefutable: a person available in the market is making an attempt to hit the hit guy. Keller, God support him, has chanced on his means onto someone else's hit list.

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The Clarion hotel on the subsequent interchange going north nonetheless had rooms as of part an hour in the past, and I’ll be happy to name forward for you if you'd like. ” “I’ve already received a room,” Keller stated. “That’s now not the matter. ” The younger man’s face confirmed aid, yet just for a second. That’s no longer the problem—if it wasn’t, anything else used to be, and now he used to be going to listen to approximately it, and be known as upon to accommodate it. “Uh,” he acknowledged. “I’m in a single forty-seven,” Keller acknowledged, “and whoever’s within the room at once upstairs of me, which i assume will be forty-seven—” “Yes, that’s the way it works. ” “I imagine they’re having a party,” Keller stated. “Or butchering a steer, or anything. ” “Butchering a steer? ” “Probably no longer that,” Keller allowed, “but the purpose is they’re being noisy approximately it, no matter what it truly is they’re doing. I suggest relatively noisy. ” “Oh. ” The clerk’s gaze fell to the counter, the place he appeared to locate whatever attention-grabbing at the few inches of Formica among his palms. “There haven’t been the other complaints,” he stated. HIT record 21 “Well, I hate to be first,” Keller acknowledged, “but then I’m most likely the one visitor with a room at once below theirs, and that would have anything to do with it. ” the guy was once nodding. “The partitions among the devices are concrete block,” he acknowledged, “and you by no means pay attention a peep via them. yet I can’t say an analogous for the flooring. If you’ve bought a loud get together upstairs, a few sound does clear out via. ” “This is a loud social gathering, okay. It wouldn’t be out of line to name it a rebellion. ” “Oh. ” “Or a civil disturbance, besides. And filter’s no longer the notice for it. It comes via unfiltered, loud and transparent. ” “Have you, uh, spoken to them approximately it? ” “I inspiration I’d communicate to you. ” “Oh. ” “And you may converse to them. ” The clerk swallowed, and his Adam’s apple bobbed up and down. “Two forty-seven,” he stated, and thumbed a field of dossier playing cards, and nodded, and swallowed back. “I proposal so. they've got a motor vehicle. ” “This is a motel,” Keller stated. “Who comes right here taking walks? ” “What I suggest, I took one examine them and notion they have been bikers. Like Hell’s Angels? yet they got here in a vehicle. ” He used to be silent, and Keller may perhaps inform how a lot he desired to ask a roomful of outlaw bikers to maintain it down. “Look,” he stated, “nobody has to speak to them. simply positioned me in one other room. ” “Didn’t I say, should you first walked in? We’re complete up. The No emptiness sign’s been lit for hours. ” “Oh, correct. ” “So I don’t understand what to inform you. until . . . ” “Unless what? ” “Well, except you desired to name in a grievance to the po- 22 L AW R E N C E B L O C ok lice. these men may perhaps pay a bit extra consciousness to the police officers than to you or me. ” simply what he sought after. Officer, may perhaps you inform the Hell’s Angels upstairs to pipe down? I’ve received pressing company on your city and that i want my leisure. My identify? good, it’s various from the only I’m registered lower than. the character of my enterprise? good, I’d relatively now not say. And the gun at the bedside desk is unregistered, and that’s why I didn’t go away it within the motor vehicle, and don’t question me whose automobile it truly is, however the registration’s within the glove compartment.

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