And yes, I'm talking about the U.S. Deep South. Anybody got any rec's for books by Southern writers? I like the darker stuff - noir, hard-boiled, y'know, dark! I've already read a ton of JLB, but know I'm missing out on a ton of other writers. Help!
Try David Fulmer. I'm reading his Chasing the Devil's Tail right now, set in New Orleans, circa 1900, lots of action in Storyville, prostitutes ... oops, excuse me, "sportin girls" :) and music and a sexy Creole detective. This was his first detective novel, I think, and won a Shamus Award. He's written several more featuring the same detective, setting and time period. One of his stories is featured in the short story collection: New Orleans Noir.
I also recommend Robert Olen Butler (New Orleans). Fab writer. Good Scent from a Strange Mountain won a Pulitzer. It's a collection of short stories, some of them dark, others not so, about Vietnamese now living in the U.S. (Butler served in Vietnam during the war.)
Just started on A.N. Smith's THE DRUMMER & I gotta say it's just what the doctor ordered. Fast moving and FUN! With all the suggestions I've gotten, I should be a happy camper for the next few weeks. My bank account...not so much.