I recently read Lawrence Block’s writing how-to book Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print to Pixel. Tons of great writing advice in there. Block has been around forever, but I discovered him only recently through Dean Wesley Smith.
I just finished the first book in his Matthew Scudder series (which was recently made into a movie starring Liam Neeson). It was terrific, so I bought the second one. Here’s a preview of book #1, in case you’d like to check it out (and you should).