My "Never Fail" Fiction Authors

Authors who never fail to please me

Rex Stout - The Nero Wolfe series

Edgar Allan Poe

Dick Francis

Janet Evanovich - The Stephanie Plum series

Patrick F. McManus - His website

Carl Hiaasen

P.J. O'Rourke

Dave Barry

Robert B. Parker

Doug Allyn

What I'm reading now

When I'm not working on my own writing, I'm reading:

     Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

     Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

     The Strand magazine

     and I'm working my way through the "stack" of books queued up in my Kindle.

     This stack can be as many as 90 books but has never dipped below 70.


Historical Shout-outs

A couple of books stand out in my memory from my earliest reading days.  One was The Mystery of the Witch's Bridge by Barbee Oliver Carleton.  This book has the song Danny Boy featured throughout, and as I'm supposed to be named for that song, it stuck in my mind.  The other was Dominic by William Stieg, a book my grandfather LeBoeuf gave me that I still have.

"I guess there are never enough books" - John Steinbeck

“Emotions are inherent in your nature, but their content is dictated by your mind. Your emotional capacity is an empty motor, and your values are the fuel with which your mind fills it.” | Atlas Shrugged

Posted by Ayn Rand on Sunday, September 13, 2015

Suggested Reading List

Interesting books that speak to humanity


This Perfect Day - Ira Levin

Animal Farm - George Orwell

1984 - George Orwell

The Road to Serfdom - Friedrich von Hayek

The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Daniel LeBoeuf

Great Books!

A group of books I've particularly enjoyed

The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw - Patrick F. McManus.  The essay "Sequences" should be required reading for every person on earth.

Chesapeake; Caribbean; Hawaii - all 3 by James Michener

Holidays in Hell - P.J. O'Rourke

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams

Life, the Universe, and Everything - Douglas Adams

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish - Douglas Adams

Fall of Giants - Ken Follett

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

World Without End - Ken Follett

Dave Barry Does Japan - Dave Barry

Proof - Dick Francis

The Alex McKnight series by Stephen Hamilton

The Wine Bible - Karen McNeil (a life changing book for me)

My "A" list

The books that have most shaped me, my world view, and my life


Anthem - Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Crowning the Customer - Feargal Quinn

History of Western Philosophy - Bertrand Russell

Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu

The Holy Bible

The Quran

Parliament of Whores - P.J. O'Rourke

The Federalist Papers

The Anti-Federalist Papers

Human Capability - Eliott Jaques  (link here to see Jaques' work in action today)

A General Theory of Bureaucracy - Eliott Jaques