Just discovered Ben Rehder. Oh, what fun! He refers to his books as "comic crime novels." They are hugely funny, entertaining, educational and insightful.
Ben's ability to get into the language and world view of a character (of which he has plenty), is remarkable, as is his ability to create hugely complex plots.
He writes the kinds of books that you cannot put down, and you feel great reading; massive escapism which we all need at times.