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April 21, 2010


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Hiaasen's the best! But be sure to check out the earlier books, like "Tourist Season," "Big Whammy," "Native Tongue" (one of the laugh-out-loud funniest) and, of course, "Striptease." "Skin Tight" is good, but a little dark. And if you like Hiassen, you need to go back to John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. MacDonald sort of invented the Florida caper novel genre. "The Deep Blue Goodbye" is the first of the series, and all of the Travis McGee novels have a color in the title. And if you can't get enough Florida caper novels, check out Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series. Elmore Leonard's "Maximum Bob" is another classic, as is "Rum Punch."

Tim Zinnecker

Here are twenty (of the too many to mention) books on my list of "need to buy and read":

The Rembrandt Affair (Daniel Silva)
Prayers for Sale (Sandra Dallas)
The First Tycoon (T. J. Stiles)
Sworn to Silence (Linda Castillo)
The Devil’s Company (David Liss)
Bloodroot (Amy Greene)
Pulitzer (James McGrath Morris)
One Amazing Thing (Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni)
The Postmistress (Sarah Blake)
When Money Was In Fashion (June Breton Fisher)
Caught (Harlan Coben)
The Kitchen House (Kathleen Grissom)
The Surrendered (Chang-Rae Lee)
Heresy (S. J. Parris)
The Scent of Rain and Lightning (Nancy Pickard)
Roger Maris (Tom Clavin and Danny Peary)
False Mermaid (Erin Hart)
Willie Mays (James Hirsch)
Innocent (Scott Turow)
Moment of Glory: The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf (John Feinstein)


You don't actually have to wait for the third Dragon Tattoo book -- just order it from and get the British version. This last one actually has some trial scenes, with more of Blomkvist's sister the lawyer.

Eric Fink

I'm starting with Joseph O'Neill's Netherland and Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger. Also reading some classic adventure books (King Arthur, Robin Hood, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World) aloud with my young son.

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