Traveling gives me time for writing, but I do just as much reading or listening to audio books. Sometimes it gets difficult to decide what to read next so it’s good to have some favorite authors with lots of books that I can find on-line at Amazon. Here are a few books that will introduce you to some of my favorite writers.
Pest Control by Bill Fitzhugh
A down on his luck exterminator decides to advertize his services using some gruesome descriptions in order to get attention. Unfortunately someone has mistaken his “business” as a cover for what he really is: A hit man. They send him details on who needs to be rubbed out but before he can get back to them to clear up the mistake, the target has an accident and dies. The customer is so happy with his work (he even made it look like an accident) that he sends a huge pile of cash. The word spreads quickly and he unwittingly falls into a new career.
Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
This is a good first Hiaasen book as it introduces characters that reappear in later novels. As with most of his books, it takes place in south Florida. This one takes you into the world of competitive bass fishing, which is way more cut throat than you might think. The author is a writer for the Miami Herald, who claims he does not have to invent some of the bizarre characters and situations in his books because he uses real life news stories that cross his desk on a typical day in the sunshine state.
Lamb by Christopher Moore
For those of you who are deeply religious, but have no sense of humor - you may not want to read this. It is the story of Biff – who accompanied Jesus during the missing years that the bible didn’t cover. Don’t worry, it won’t challenge your faith, in fact you may look at religion in a whole new way.
The Ax by Donald E. Westlake
Although this book is quite a few years old, it is very timely. A man who lost his job becomes desperate enough to find anyone with his skills so that he can eliminate the competition for the next job opening. Even though he is killing people, you can’t help but root for the main character as he tries everything to find employment. Westlake is my favorite author and this is probably his best work. While Mr. Westlake passed away recently, he has written so many books (some under the name Richard Stark) that it will take you years to go through the list.
‘B’ is for Beer by Tom Robbins
A children’s book for adults that starts: Once upon a time there was a planet whose inhabitants consumed thirty-six billion gallons of beer each year (it's a fact, you can Google it). B Is for Beer involves a child who asks a lot of questions – and along the way to getting answers we learn a lot about life, the world, and the ultimate meaning of a tall, cold brewski. Interesting author for those tired of reading about the same old plots and characters.