Former hitman John Keller is now known as Nicholas Edwards, a home renovator, stamp collector, and family man in New Orleans. However, in this 2013 installment in the series by the author of A Drop of the Hard Stuff, financial necessity compels Keller to again take up his lucrative former profession. Tasked with assassinating the abbot at a Manhattan monastery who is a witness in a high-level trial, Keller finds that he now has qualms about being a contract killer.
"In the fifth entry in the Keller series (after Hit and Run), the appealing antihero with his own moral code continues to dig into the motives of his distant employers and make his own decisions about who deserves to die.... Master mystery writer [Lawrence] Block is at the top of his form here."—Library Journal