I will come back and post links later today. I have competing projects today.
"Keller's Last Refuge" appeared in Playboy and then in the 1999 Best American Mystery Stories. As of 2016, Keller had appeared in the stories listed below. He also appeared in half a dozen novels. Considering how many of the stories appeared in Playboy, Keller isn't really a terribly violent hit man. At least in this story, he dispatched his victims in fairly civilized ways: mostly he strangles them. The conceit that makes this story interesting is that Keller believes he is dispatching his prey out of patriotism. Block's writing is terrific as usual. He supplies just the right amount of ambiance and detail to flesh out the story but never enough to weigh it down. Block must have one of the longest lists of publications in the business. I have read three of his novels. My favorite being WHEN THE SACRED GINMILL CLOSES. Most of these stories are collected too, I believe.
- "Answers to Soldier" (June 1990, Playboy)
- "Keller's Therapy" (May 1993, Playboy)
- "Dogs Walked, Plants Watered" (May 1994, Playboy)
- "Keller on Horseback" (1994, Murder Is My Business)
- "Keller's Karma" (February 1995, Playboy)
- "Keller in Shining Armor" (November 1995, Playboy)
- "Keller on the Spot" (November 1997, Playboy)
- "Keller's Choice (1998, Murder on the Run: The Adams Round Table)
- "Keller's Last Refuge (March 1998, Playboy)
- "Keller in Retirement" (1998)
- "Keller's Art" (Spring 2000, Modern Painters)
- "Keller's Designated Hitter" (2001, Murderer's Row) .!
- "Keller's Horoscope" (2001, Death by Horoscope)
- "Keller and the Rabbits" (April 14, 2003, Audiobooks Today)
- "Keller's Adjustment" (2005, Transgressions)
- "Quotidian Keller" (July/August, The American Stamp Dealer & Collector)
- "Keller the Dogkiller" (May 2008, EQMM) .
- "Keller in Dallas" (2009, The American Stamp Dealer & Collector)
- "Keller's Fedora" (May 2016; Kindle).
- "Keller in Des Moines" (May 2016, digital)