Since I read my first 4 southern books, I have read 2 books that are definitely not Southern. The author of both is Martha Grimes who is normally a mystery writer, but these two are more thrillers. The first is Biting the Moon and the second is Dakota.
Grimes is better than the average mystery writer. Her mysteries were also above average. I used to read mysteries all the time, but I have sworn off. The only thrillers that i usually read are Ken Follett and of course, John Grisham, since we went to school together.
If you can't take cruelty to animals, do not read these books. A lot of it was very hard for me to read. Of course, it is all to teach us about what is happening to animals in the world and to raise our conciousness about it, but it is very hard to know about. Especially when you are at Madidi's eating an 8 oz filet. Apparently, I eat all the wrong things. There is no such thing as too much bacon. I also take premarin. You don't even want to hear about that.