I've read all Ross Thomas's books (including those he wrote as Oliver Bleeck) once, many of them twice, and some of them three times. I'm never disappointed. My most recent reread was Yellow Dog Contract, in which Harvey Longmire is called on to investigate the disappearance of Arch Mix, head of a powerful union, and write an article giving his opinion of what happened. Longmire is retired from running political campaigns, working with unions, and "doing this and that" in Europe, among other things. He now lives on a farm with his wife, writes greeting card verses, and is happy.
Longmire takes the assignment, and of course things don't go well. People start dying, for one thing, and Longmire and two associates whom he knows from former days find themselves on the trail of a vast conspiracy leading up to the presidential election of 1976. They aren't quite sure what the conspiracy is, but they know it's going to spell big trouble for one party when the election comes. The title is a clue.
Great writing, great characters, humor, tricky plotting -- this one has it all. It's no wonder that Thomas is one of my very favorite writers. Highly recommended.