If you're looking for something really different in a speculative thriller, I just read "Lucas Manson" by Thomas Hauck. It's a genre-busting rollercoaster ride that begins with a farm boy named Hiram Leary. He re-invents himself as cult leader Lucas Manson, and he leads his followers in the Kingdom Seven Family Temple as they build a secret nation-within-a-nation based in Arizona. As the body count rises, FBI agent Mark Dylan is sent to investigate. He ends up (I won't spoil the incredible ending!) not being sure whose side he's on. It's funny and suspenseful and will keep you on the edge of your beach chair! Lucas Manson, the cult leader, is as vividly drawn a bad guy as you will ever meet. The scene where he gets an afternoon booty call in the family limo is worth the price of the book!
This is not a formulaic FBI-killer-thriller. "Lucas Manson" is more like "Catch-22"--it is not afraid to tackle a tired subject (vampires) and rip the genre apart. I've heard that this book is developing a big cult following among college kids. I can see why!
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