The first modern mystery novel I ever read was John Sanford's Winter Prey. My professor made us read it, and though I read it begrudgingly, Sanford turned me instantly into a mystery-loving fool. He's a great writer. Tremendous. I don't know how I ever missed Heat Lightning, but I think it's his best. I love the ethos and strength of the main character, who maintains an air of incompetence and weakness until the bad guys realize that they've been lured in. I love his pattern on falling in love with every woman he dates. I even love the fishing. A fantastic book.