The Rogues' Game
This is an absolutely marvelous retro mystery, set after WWII, it captures not only the atmosphere of the post-war era but also the topsy-turvy effect of the oil boom in small-town Texas. It's a film-noirish grifter story with larger-than-life characters drawn beautifully by a modern writer. It's a shame that Humphrey Bogart or William Holden or some other wonderful 40s or 50s type movie star isn't around to play these characters in a film of this book. This is the first book by this author and I can't wait for his second one, due out next July 2006.