Man, I read Richard' Condon's Manchurian Candidate and was blown away. So I got around to another candidate, Prizzi's Honor, thinking, "They can't all be this good."
Oh, my God.
Now I'm going to read everything Condon ever wrote. But every time I drop into the used book stores I haunt the answer is the same: There's a name I haven't heard in a long time. I don't see his books so often anymore. I'll keep an eye out for them.
If you've read this blog at all you can probably guess that finding overlooked gems like these in the world of letters is a special thrill for me. So put Condon in the little velvet bag of treasures that includes Trevanian, Maugham, the MacDonalds (John and Gregory), Pete Hamill, Vincent Patrick and others.