Getting Off

SO THIS GIRL WALKS INTO A BARd when she walks out there s a man with her She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part Then she kills him, and she likes that even better On her way out, she cleans out his wallet She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address She s been doing this for a while, and she s good at it.And then a chance remark gSO THIS GIRL WALKS INTO A BARd when she walks out there s a man with her She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part Then she kills him, and she likes that even better On her way out, she cleans out his wallet She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address She s been doing this for a while, and she s good at it.And then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got away, the lucky ones who survived a night with her She starts writing down names And now she s a girl with a mission Picking up their trails Hunting them down Crossing them off her list
Getting Off SO THIS GIRL WALKS INTO A BARd when she walks out there s a man with her She goes to bed with him and she likes that part Then she kills him and she likes that even better On her way out she cleans

  • Title: Getting Off
  • Author: Jill Emerson Lawrence Block
  • ISBN: 9780857682871
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Getting Off”

    1. Beavis: Hey, Butt-head. Check it out!Butt-head: Why would I want to look at a book, dumb ass?Beavis: No, seriously, Butt-head. You gotta look at this. There’s a naked chick on the cover!Butt-head: Woah. Huh huh. Hey, baby…Beavis: Look, Butt-head. She’s naked. And she’s got a knife by her ass crack.Butt-head: Ass crack. Huh huh.Beavis: And see, there’s another naked chick over there. She’s grabbing that dude and taking his shirt off. Huh huh.Butt-head: Huh huh. That dude is going to s [...]

    2. Kate Tolliver's life has been a never-ending cycle of sex, murder, and robbery since she was a teenager. Only five of the men have lived to tell the tale and that's something Kate means to remedy in the only way she knows howAfter a long hiatus, the Hard Case Crime series returns with a bang. Or, more appropriately, a long series of bangs. What better way to mark the return of the line than a tale from the man who kicked it off in the first place, the esteemed Lawrence Block.Right off the bat, I [...]

    3. WARNING!!! Believe the words on the cover. This novel has an overload of SEX and VIOLENCE.Any man on a business trip who has thought about how cool it would be to go to bar and pick up a woman should read this book. Glenn Close move over, Katherine Ann Tolliver has become the new definition of Fatal Attraction. Katherine likes men. She likes them a lot. Men find her irresistible and she makes itoheasy for them. She gets excited about the prospect of having sex with them. She gets even more excit [...]

    4. While still a young man, Lawrence Block wrote a number of soft-core "adult" books under a variety of pseudonyms. As "Jill Emerson," he wrote several lesbian novels and now, nearly half a century later, he resurrects Jill for a new book, Getting Off: A Novel of Sex and Violence. This is the first entry in the (thankfully) resurrected Hard Case Crime series, and it's the first HCC book to be released in hardcover.This is probably not a book for everyone, and even though the title should serve as f [...]

    5. BEWAREREAD BOOK COVERBEWAREBOOK COVER MAY BE DECEIVINGBEWAREBOOK TITLE GIVES A STRONG HINT OF WHAT'S INSIDEBEWAREBOOK WRITTEN BY LAWRENCE BLOCK NOT JILL EMERSONPrefaceOkey dokey, folks. I own up to the fact that I am not an authority on pornographic literature; however I'm taking a stab at this one, this review. So proceed with caution. I am, (proceeding with caution), I promise.Lawrence Block is one of my favorite authors and it will take the rest of my lifetime to read everything he’s writte [...]

    6. If you’re not into sex and violence, then you may want to skip right on by GETTING OFF. But if you do, you’re sure to miss out on one hell of an entertaining read. Sure, I felt like a voyeur at times, and I may have needed multiple showers to make myself feel clean again. But that didn’t dampen my enjoyment one iota. In fact, it may have had the opposite effect. Why? Because I’ve never read a novel like this one, and I may never read a novel like this again.When it comes to relationships [...]

    7. Hard Case Crime re-launches in September, in partnership with the Titan Publishing Group, and GETTING OFF, a new novel by Lawrence Block written especially for HCC, kicks things off with the imprint's first hardcover. Block revives an old pen name for the occasion, Jill Emerson, that he used for seven novels in the sixties and seventies.Katherine Ann Tolliver, the name she was born with and hadn't used in years, moves around a lot, changing names and towns as often, as that old saying goes, as o [...]

    8. This may not be the worst novel I've ever finished, but it's certainly the worst of the last three years. There's absolutely no narrative tension, and the putative protagonist just moves from incident to incident with only the barest of variations. She meets a man, sleeps with him, kills him--and that's pretty much the extent of the plot for about 300 pages. She's not particularly sympathetic, or interesting, or deep, and she doesn't grow or change over the course of the tedious narrative. The n [...]

    9. Every guy's dream: sex and murder. Kitty Tolliver is a nymphomaniac, picking up strangers, having mind-blowing sex, but killing them when she's done. Kind of a combination of Looking for Mr. Goodbar and a black widow spider. She decides that she needs to go back and find the few men she had let live to clear the slate. After awhile, even the sex got boring. (I can't believe it.)Read Kemper's review: /review/show. It's better than mine, by far.

    10. As an ex-librarian (is one ever an ex-librarian? I think of it as a vocation, from which you can never quite get "out") --- anyway --- I always read the copyright page of books. Said page informs us that Getting Off is actually an expansion of four separate short stories from different anthologies (one of which was edited by George R.R. Martin(???!!!)), melded together to form this new novel. This would explain our main character's lack of consistent MO or signature and her adoption of different [...]

    11. GETTING OFF is a brutal book, even by Hard Case Crime standards. Anyone looking for a cozy mystery is in the wrong place. Sure, Lawrence Block has written such books (the Bernie Rhodenbarr series comes the closest), but none of his work re-issued by Hard Case Crime over the years (KILLING CASTRO, GRIFTER'S GAME, A DIET OF TREACLE) can be called "cozy." I suppose one or two of the seven books he's written as "Jill Emerson" might be more light-hearted, but they're still not for the faint of heart. [...]

    12. I was really looking forward to reading this book! From the minute it arrived, it sat on the shelf, in the To Be Read pile, and whispered to me every time I walked by. You could tell by the cover that it was going to be racy. There was also the subtitle, “A Novel of Sex & Violence”, to give you a clue. And the publisher — Hard Case Crime. Doesn’t that just sound like it’s going to be a great book? And Lawrence Block’s Getting Off did not disappoint.This is a novel about a female [...]

    13. I found this book while looking for something else, realized I hadn't read any Lawrence Block for far too long, saw this was him writing under his porn pseudonym Jill Emerson, and thought I'd give it a try.A beautiful woman who keeps moving around the country and changing her name to avoid detection has the habit of bedding men and then murdering them, this because she was sexually abused in childhood by her father and then even more upset when he ended their "affair"; so she killed her parents [...]

    14. Protagonist Kate Tolliver is an overtly sexual serial killer whose methods for murder leave her victims both satisfied and short of breath - literally. Having long suffered sexual abuse by her fathers hand, Kate sets out to cleanse her soul by exacting a misguided form of revenge on her male suitors. Fort the most part 'Getting Off' was just about that with both sides of Kim's vices culminating in a foray of kink and kill. Whilst entertaining and a nice change from the typical run of the mill se [...]

    15. There’s a reason author Lawrence Block has received countless awards for his writing and been recognized as a Grand Master of his craft – the man is damn good at what he does.And what he does is write books that are a marvel of plotting and pacing, nearly always infused with a wickedly sly sense of humor, and which often strike a cord that resonates so strongly the characters and outcome echo in your mind long after you’ve finished reading.Getting Off was such book for me, one I actually h [...]

    16. A novel of sex and violencemmm, looks like they forgot a couple of words on the tagline.A novel consisting only of sex and violence.Much better.Up until porn became more readily distributed and available, it had an under the radar home among the pulps. There were plenty of smut pulps, but more intriguing are all the smut novels disguised as other genres. There was smutty sci-fi, smutty horror, but most common of all were the smutty crime novels. Long before becoming a crime grandmaster, Lawrence [...]

    17. GETTING OFF. (2011). Lawrence Block (writing as Jill Emerson). **. Invariably, at every signing or reading I have attended over the years given by Larry Block, someone in the audience always asked if and when he would reveal the titles and the pen names used of those soft-core novels he wrote at the beginning of his career to keep body and soul together. His response was always: “Why? They were just crap.” In this book, written as under the pen name Jill Anderson, a name once used for severa [...]

    18. While GETTING OFF does not reach the lofty heights of Larry Block's Matthew Scudder novels--for my money, the pinnacle of American detective fiction--or the Gothamy single-malt authenticity of the Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries, there is much to like here if you're willing to buy into the book's throwback pulp stylings. There's pretty much relentless sex and violence, but Block executes it with a deft, tongue-in-cheek touch that is graphic but rarely off-putting and more than a little reminiscent o [...]

    19. Well, that was weird. And fun in a strange way. First, please note that the cover says, "A Novel of Sex and Violence." So if you don't like that, just back away from the keyboard. Really. Not kidding. It doesn't CONTAIN sex and violence; it is ALL sex and violence, except for the humour. Also note, in case it isn't clear, that this is award-winning Lawrence Block writing as "Jill Emerson." Second, if your lifestyle has ever included picking up a stranger at a bar for some action, say goodbye to [...]

    20. I've been on a bit of a Block tear recently, and got the pleasantly nasty original short story that spurred this book's creation as a freebie, so decided to read the novel too. In some ways Kit Tolliver is the female counterpart to Block's hit man Keller. Cheering for a protagonist who kills people feels odd, but Block's winning style makes it work. That said, I found GETTING OFF much less satisfying than the Keller books. Somehow the psychology of this female serial killer on a mission doesn't [...]

    21. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. That's not saying I didn't enjoy it, because I did. I bought it because of the Lawrence Block on the cover and because I've enjoyed many other books published under the Hard Case Crime logo. This wasn't like anything of Block's I've ever read before (not that I've read all that much); but I suppose I should have expected that since it was written under his Jill Emerson pseudonym. For what it's worth, the subtitle isn't lying, there's Sex and [...]

    22. Mediocre. Woman whose father had sex with her for years then killed him and her mother when he stopped being interested. Then she killed most men she slept with. the novel tracks her attempts to track down the few who escaped her in the past, while she engages in a sort of romance (by phone) with another woman. Episodic, in large part because chunks of it were originally published as separate short stories, and they're rather awkwardly welded together here. Typical Block in its moral opacity, an [...]

    23. Loved it! Plenty of sex and violence and humor. I love Larry Block, he's one of my favorite writers, and though I know he's written some erotica novels in the past, I've never read them, and going into this novel I wasn't sure what to expect. To be blunt, I didn't think Block was capable of writing something like this, so wild and crazyd sexy. And Block certainly writes it well! I loved every page of this, I had trouble putting the damn thing down, which is a familiar feeling when in the hands o [...]

    24. Very different to anything else I've read by this author (and I've read over 30 of his books). Sexy, funny and with a decent plot line tying it all together. The whole thing is permiated with Block's trademark mastery of the English language - wry and witty one liners all over the place. A great read. I loved it.

    25. I only read this to make sure it's not an unauthorized biography. ;) The main character keeps ordering Rob Roys which is something i'd never do. Otherwise it's pretty obvious this was written by a man, with predictable "all women are lesbians" ending

    26. At times difficult to read novel about a female sexual predator and serial killer. About the only negative thing I can say about the book is that, at times, it switches abruptly back and forth between multiple first person narrations, with out so much as a line break.

    27. Pretty erotic read here, however I read that Mr. Block exclusively wrote erotica stories for various magazines early on. This lady is definitely twisted. Be careful of who you leave a bar with. Parts of this story also appeared in Block's Catch & Release novel.

    28. The cover boasts 'sex & violence' and there is definitely that in this book. But there isn't much of a mystery which I've come to expect from Hard Case Crime novels.

    29. The Hard Case Crime series and Lawrence Block have had a mutually beneficial relationship for a while now. The HCC line specializes in reprints of old crime and mystery "pulp sleaze" novels as well as modern titles in the same vein, and as one of the princes of the genre, Block has carved out a comfortable niche for himself as a dependable contributor to the series. They've published no less than seven of his works, some reissues, some brand new never-before-published offerings. Getting Off is o [...]

    30. Take Ellis' "American Psycho" and smash it together with Kerouac's "On the Road" and you will have a pretty good idea of what you are getting into with "Getting Off". There are a few things to understand about this book before going in. First, the plot is paper-thin. The book is more about the various shenanigans that the main character gets into rather than one main overarching plotline. Secondly, the main character is a serial killer and the entire book is from her point of view. She does some [...]

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