When I came up with that subject, I thought it would be easy. Now I fear I have to actually pick one. But I can't so I will pick two.
I'd say my favorite would be James Lee Burke. When I read my first Burke book, I was blown away. The man is a genius with words. He is one of very few authors that writes in first person who I enjoy, I don't think most authors get the full point of first person...it's about being in one person's head! Burke is a master, I can't think of any instances where he deviates. His description is some of the most vivid I've ever read. He sucks you into the setting and gives you every aspect of it. He is a master at using all the senses.
My second favorite would be Julia Spencer-Fleming. She has many of the same talents as Burke, but she adds an element that I brought with me from my days in romance. She brings in emotion. Her characters are alive with beating hearts and lives and personalities and this makes the suspense so much more palpable for me as I'm reading. That's what it's all about, right?
How about you? Who and why?
Karen Syed, Echelon Press