by Lawrence Block
Cover Artist: Matt Mahurin
Review by Mel Jacob
Subterranean Press Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596068117
Date: 30 April 2017 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Keller's friend and long time associate contacts him about a possible hit job. A husband believes his wife is having an affair and wants the lover removed. Keller is reluctant, but the money is good so he agrees. He buys himself a fedora before leaving.
Surveillance of the wife reveals she isn't above leaving a poor grocery boy with damp pants after a hand job. She also picks up a Marlboro type guy for fun in the afternoon. After Keller verifies the afternoon tryst, he arranges to take the man out, notifies his handler, and leaves town.
He soon gets a call from the handler that apparently the wife is still trysting in the afternoon. Keller returns and encounters the Marlboro Man's buddies. He plants a few seeds and waits.
Readers will like Block's attention to detail and Keller's professionalism. The denouement provides a satisfying conclusion.
The novella is another in a deluxe hardback series from Subterranean Press of acknowledged masters in various fiction genres.