Looks like I'm the first one here, so here goes. Since I started devoting most of my time to writing I don't get to read nearly as much as I used to. Two of my favorite authors in mystery/suspense are John Sandford's Prey series revolving around Lucas Davenport, and all of Vince Flynn's books with superhero Mitch Rapp. I don't know exactly why but James Patterson didn't hold my interest even before he started co-authoring. Since I've been writing I find myself reading non-fiction books for research information like "One shot-One Kill" by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts, and "U.S. Special Forces" by Samuel A. Southworth and Stephen Tanner. Both provided great insight into covert action and snipers working alone and in teams. "Wilderness Survival" by Bernard Shanks was important to me before writing about a winter hit in Canada where the assassin crossed the mountains to kill his victim. And then some Mafia centered books like "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi and "Underboss" by Peter Maas set the tone for attitudes in my trilogy "Irrevocable Change". In between book research I spent hours on Wikipedia reading about pistols, military rifles, grenades, poisons and explosives. So, while I haven't exactly been reading a lot of fiction lately I have been reading a lot to create fiction.
Thank you for getting this ball rolling in here. I haven't read any of these novels yet but I am very interested in all genres and these seem like some really good ones to get me started in the men's fiction category! Yes of course I know I'm a woman but still... us women can read these books too ya know! (Speaking of course to the others that read this thread and may go "What? Is she crazy?" lol ) I am crazy but I'm also intuitive and love to read new things! I'll have to check out some of these authors! Thanks for the info and I'd love to know what you're writing about! Is your writing going to be in the same vein as some of these novels you've read, are you doing fiction or non-fiction? Let us know!
Kitty, glad you asked. After the "Irrevocable Change" trilogy there was a non-fiction political commentary, "My Perceptions of Our Incompetent Incumbents". It's at Smashwords also. Now I'm working on a love story which involves a murder to provide the conflict. Tentatively it is titled "The Agreement". Then I plan another political commentary before a mystery/detective story. I have little appetite to write a long series of books around a central character where the settings and the supporting characters stay the same and the story line changes somewhat from one book to the next. I realize that concept works and is rewarding commercially but I want to explore and experiment with new material. Thanks for asking.