MP173 wrote: Try the Keller series (about the for hire killer)...excellent.
John Connolly is an excellent novelist, but it gets really really dark. I swear that every time one of his books was finished, my declaration was "never again" only to pickup another one later. He is very good.
Have you tried John Sandford? Greg Isles? Lee Child? All are excellent.
I've read all the Keller books and love them. I'm just afraid he's going to stop writing them. Maybe I'll try Connolly but I'm at a stage in life where "dark" is NOT what I want. I've read all of Sandford's books; I recently discovered Lee Child (strangely enough it was from a critical review of David Baldacci's [another author I like] "The Hit" which said, "In his Puller books, Baldacci shamelessly steals from Jack Reacher." I didn't find that true and I enjoy Lee Child but it's more something to read when I want to be totally distracted and brain dead. I'll have to look into Greg Isles. I'm really picky about the mysteries I read-- only American and only contemporary--strange, eh?
Nonnie-- PS--Interestingly enough, I just got a B&N email reminding me that Sanford's new Virgil Flower novel will be released 10/1. I'm receiving promo notices earlier and earlier sometimes even before it shows up on my library's "ordered and in process" list.