Originally Posted by djulian
Thank you for the good recommendations! I'm pretty sure I'd cut J.A. Jance (so irritating to read), Elmore Leanord (overrated, terrible in every way), and maybe Lawrence Block & John Lescroart. Out of that list, the one who interests me most is maybe Deaver, but I don't know anything about the others. If you had to pick just one from your rather lengthy list, which one is consistently enjoyable for you?
(I tend to read everything by an author before moving to the next one. Weird, probably, but that's how I roll.)
I would pick Robert K. Tanenbaum
but of course a tough choice.
Tanenbaums books are legal thriller's but with lots of action of both the legal and decidedly illegal type.
Wide range of different characters who are expanded on as the series goes on.
The good guys are not always good and the bad guys are not always bad. One tandes to think of them as real people.
Never boring, little repetition if any, and not filled with long introspective rambling. Fairly violent, but not more so than Harry Bosch I think.
Next would be Robert B. Parker
. Spenser series.
Just likeable characters, pleasant and easy reading, good characters. Mildly witty.
Comfort reading for me even though there is a lot of violence, not disturbing in any way.
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series is great, both interesting and amusing. Very easy reading and not overly lengthy. Several books in this series are made up of three shorter stories, but they each read in a way like a whole book, not like an excerpt or a filler. All strong stories. Non-violent in that the murder is generally committed before Nero Wolfe becomes involved. Again you like the characters and although written as early as the 1930's they are still contemporary today.
These authors write books that can be read as stand alone without spoiling the
books before or after in the series, and many are available from libraries in paper or ebook form. Easy to try out.
And no you are not weird, lotta people like this. Me I switch authors, and genres, almost as often as I change my clothes. I tend to burn out on a series if I read more than four in a row, blah blah, same old, where if I switch frequently, it is oh good, I really like these books
but more importantly I never want to reach the end of a series I love.
Anyway too many books too little time. Happy reading.
I agree about J. A. Jance to a point. The first books were better IMO and a lot of introspective rambling and self pity going on. But I pick up one occasionally.