Hit Man Book Summary and Study Guide

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Hit Man has no real plot, being a series of episodes in the life of John Paul Keller, a middle-class bachelor who lives in New York and works as the favored assassin of a murder-broker in White Plains.
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The book is about Keller's world. His girlfriends, his dog, his therapy sessions, his stamp-collecting hobby, and other everyday facets of the human existence.
It is also about Keller's business. Keller is the traveling-salesman of murder, going from city to city killing the deserving and the less-so. It is about Keller's secret longing for a normal, middle-America life, his occasional recruitment by a supposed government agent, and his bosses slow decline into Alzheimer's, a decline that threatens to take Keller down with him.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   dropped from large heights    -   hanging    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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