By Lawrence Block
For years now Keller's had locations to move and folks to kill.
But adequate is adequate. only one extra job—paid in advance—and he'll retire. ready in Des Moines for the client's go-ahead, Keller's picking stamps for his assortment at a store in Urbandale whilst someone weapons down the charismatic governor of Ohio. again at his hotel, Keller sees the killer's face broadcast on television. A face he is noticeable usually. each morning. within the mirror.
Keller calls his affiliate Dot in White Plains, yet there isn't any resolution. he is stranded midway around the nation, and each cop in the USA has simply visible his photo. His identification and charge cards are not any longer reliable, and he simply spent just about all of his money at the stamps.
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What used to be interesting,” he acknowledged, “and no longer for all time, yet occasionally, was once the element of getting an issue and fixing it. You rip out a dropped ceiling and you’ll locate the entire 176 ■ Lawrence Block difficulties any guy can ask for, and you may resolve them with out anyone getting harm. ” She was once silent for a protracted second, after which she stated, “I imagine we’d higher see approximately getting you a brand new motor vehicle. What’s so humorous? ” “Dot used to bitch that I’d burst off on tangents. grasp of the Non Sequitur, she known as me. ” “So you must understand how I acquired there? ” “It’s no longer very important. It simply struck me humorous, that’s all. ” “How I bought there,” she said,“is i used to be pondering it seems that you have to loiter around for your time. And the only factor which may screw issues up is that vehicle of yours. The license tags could be a lifeless finish, but when you were given pulled over and so they requested to determine the registration—” “I’d have the papers that have been within the glove field whilst I switched plates on the airport. i assumed of doctoring them, substituting my identify and handle for what’s on there. ” “Would that paintings? ” “It may get previous a brief look, yet now not a protracted not easy glance. And it’s an Iowa registration for a motor vehicle with Tennessee tags being pushed through a rattling idiot with a Louisiana license. So no, I’d need to say it wouldn’t paintings. That’s why I haven’t troubled to aim. ” “You may perhaps remain less than the rate limit,” she stated, “and obey each site visitors rules, and not even possibility one other parking price tag. after which a few under the influence of alcohol rear-ends you, and the subsequent factor you recognize you’ve acquired law enforcement officials asking questions. ” “Or a few cop may possibly come again from a holiday at Graceland and sweetness why my Tennessee plate doesn’t glance very similar to those he observed up there. i do know, there are all types of items which may get it wrong. I’m placing funds apart, and while I’ve obtained adequate saved—” “I’ll provide the cash. ” “I don’t wish you to do this. ” Hit and Run ■ 177 “You will pay me again. It won’t take lengthy, you’re making an additional cash an hour. ” “Let me give it some thought. ” “I’m occupied with that,” she acknowledged. “Think all you will have, Nicholas. Saturday morning we’ll move vehicle procuring. ” There wasn’t a lot purchasing concerned. the following time he observed Donny, he pointed out he used to be going to be searching for a automobile. You get your self a truck, Donny acknowledged, and you’ll by no means feel free with a simple previous automobile back. Donny knew an individual with a Chevy half-ton pickup, now not a lot on seems to be yet routinely sound. it'll need to be all money, Donny acknowledged, yet he may perhaps most likely locate anyone to take the Sentra off Nick’s arms. Keller stated he already had an individual coated up. The truck’s proprietor used to be an older lady who gave the impression of a librarian, and it became out that’s simply what she used to be, at what she defined because the immense department library in Jefferson Parish. Keller couldn’t wager how she’d wound up possessing the truck, and her air recommended she used to be a little bit baffled herself. however the papers regarded ok, and while he requested the cost she sighed and stated she’d been hoping to get 5 thousand cash, which made it beautiful transparent she didn’t count on to.