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Hit Man, Hit Books
The Stamp Collecting Report. I'm Lloyd de Vries.
The latest in award-winning author Lawrence Block's "Hit Man" series is now in bookstores.
The protagonist, Keller, is a killer.
But he's also a stamp collector.
"He was going to retire. I wondered what he would do in retirement, and I decided that
stamps would work well for him."
Block is a stamp collector himself.
"I collect the same as Keller, actually. I collect worldwide up to 1940."
LdeV: "So you collect what's called the Classic Period. Any reason why?"
"I just find the classic period more interesting that way. Now, I extend it a little. I go
up through the King George VI issues and British Empire...just as Keller does,
LdeV: "Who's got the better collection, you or Keller?"
"oh, Keller has a much better collection, because he's certainly got the greater
discretionary income. He made a wiser career choice, I think, than I did."
Not according to Lawrence Block's fans! The books have gotten a lot of attention in the
stamp collecting community.
"I think people always like reading fiction where they can identify with areas of
interest in the books, and also a lot of people have said that it's nice reading something
with a philatelic background, where you can tell that the writer has at least some knowledge
of what he's writing about."
So Block has produced a special philatelic edition of the latest book, Hit And Run. It has
an imprint, and comes--
"with a custom-made U-S postage stamp on the title page, and affixed to the page with a city
and date cancel stamp from publication day."
Most of the special editions are sold already. You might say that, once again, Keller has
made a killing.
I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
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