Hit and Run
by Lawrence Block
John Keller series, Book 4
Keller is in an unaccustomed role.... He's the subject of a national manhunt. How in heck did that happen to this unassuming guy who always flies under the radar? Well, he was hired for a hit job in Des Moines and his clients kept putting him off on the timing. Keller became suspicious and sure enough, while buying new items for his stamp collection, the TV news announced that an out-of-state governor visiting Des Moines had been murdered. Keller instinctively knew that he would be framed for it, and he wasn't wrong. Now he's on the run.
Part of the book was the roadtrip — getting out of Dodge, or rather Des Moines. There was less humor than in the other books, but he found unexpected luck in terms of a disguise by wearing a Homer Simpson cap.
People flocked to him in glee and commented on "their man, Simpson" and totally ignored Keller's face.
Part of the book involved sadness — another oddity in this usuallly ironically humorous series.
Not the best of the Keller series, but it rounds out his story for Keller fans.