Any author who writes with a "pack-as-much-unrelated-stuff-in-there-as-you-can" style and somehow makes it work deserves some notice. Night of Thunder, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and film critic Stephen Hunter's fifth Bob Lee Swagger novel, features (try to keep up here) an ex-Marine sniper/Vietnam vet (Swagger), his journalist daughter in a coma, a doggedly determined hit man, a meth lab on the Tennessee-Virginia border, a NASCAR weekend, loads of violence, death threats, corrupt police officers, psychotic evangelicals, longtime enemies and the Dixie Mafia. Come on, you know you wanna find out how it all ends. See what hints you can pick up at today's reading. 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Thu., Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., 2008