I agree with you Fleur.
The story in Absolution was horrible and the characters were retarded... It was actually what I hated most about Absolution, even more than the linear levels!
But that does not mean, that Hitman should not have a story. I like that the game is more hit driven this time around, and not so much controlled by the story, but there should be a good story that draws all the hits together.
The Hitman story-line was actually very very good until Absolution. As I see it, there is really no way of getting back on track with the previous story line, when the game takes place after Absolution. That is a bit of a shame really.