What am I reading? What books influence me? Why do certain books light a fire in me?

Each month I recommend one of the books that changed the way I write and stirred my passion for ideas. Each recommendation includes a summary, a short author bio, and a brief analysis of what inspired me. Enjoy my thoughts on and appreciation for the work of James Sallis, Jim Thompson, Frederic Brown, Lawrence Block, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Don DeLillo, Chester Himes, Bill Flanagan, and many more.