Human Cargo by Des Zamorano. What a fun time. It's about a sexy LA private investigator named Inez Leon who gets herself mixed up in a human cargo operation. There's seedy Russian gangsters, morally bankrupt rich guys, Israeli martial arts and serious gum shoeing in stilettos. In other words, it's a good way to unwind when your kids are yowling at each other and treating you like their sherpa!
This book opened my eyes. Everywhere I look I find stories about how publishing is changing. Usually the stories are depressing: Print sales down. Booksellers and publishing houses closing. Blah, blah, blah. But if Human Cargo is the result of a writer getting past the big six publishing houses/gatekeepers and getting her book to the public, I say bring it on. There are some really good independently published books out there! And they are really affordable! And the best part is you can usually download a good chunk of the book without paying, so it's a win-win for everyone. If you don't like the download you haven't lost a penny and you can just move on. If you like the download, you can pay for the rest of the book. You win and the author wins. How great is that?
Keep those recommendations coming. I'm going to compile a list of recommendations and post it for all of us to share.