I've just finished Reed Farrell Coleman's WALKING THE PERFECT SQUARE and am looking forward to the following Moe Prager cases.
Now I'm in the middle of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's MURDER AT THE SAVOY. I'm re-reading this series with much pleasure. The peculiar thing is that an Introduction describes the authors as having too socialist a perspective. I can't see that. You wouldn't expect big-city policeman to have a sanguine view of society, would you?
The first time I read the series, I had difficulty remembering the policemen who worked for Beck. I wrote a short paragraph describing each of them as a ready reference.
Next up is Olen Steinhauer's second book THE CONFESSION.
I should be reading The Surrogate by Tania Carver for a discussion on the Murder & Mayhem list - and I am, but I'm also very distracted by Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals. Foot-the-ball needs some Discworld treatment.
I'm currently reading Boundary Waters by William Kent Kreuger. Then I plan to read the rest of his before I move on to Robert Crais's new book, The First Rule. Kreuger does a masterful job of balancing depth of character, vivid description, Objibwe culture, and tension-filled plots. And, of course, I love anything by Crais. I heart Joe Pike.
I also can't resist picking up Tim Hallinan's incredible Bangkok mystery, Breathing Water just to re-read my favorite bits. This was my favorite read of 2009, and I keep coming back to it because I loved it so much. I can't afford to keep doing this, because my TBR stack is growing and growing. After Robert Crais is Jeffery Deaver's latest. (By the way, Deaver also has a terrific anthology of short stories. It's called Twisted.)
Graham Ison, WHIPLASH. I've been trying to like this writer but it's impossible. In this case, I knew the plot a few pages in and kept reading to see what the twist would be. Alas, no twist, just a dreary and longwinded explanation nobody needed. In addition, an interesting point: if the protagonist is so severely flawed that any reader has a hard time identifying with him, don't tell the story in his first person point of view.