I'm not strictly opposed to the "classics"...but just don't do it! Something modern. Let's say Graham Greene is the cut off--you know what I mean!
Me to you:
Gillian Flynn - Sharp Objects. Story of 2nd rate newspaper gal, who has a sharp wit and likes to cut herself, investigating a murder in her home town.
"My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly. It was May 12 but the temperature had dipped to the forties, and after four days shivering in my shirtsleeves, I grabbed cover at a tag sale rather than dig through my boxed-up winter clothes. Spring in Chicago.
In my gunny-covered cubicle I sat staring at the computer screen. My story for the day was a limp sort of evil...."
A limp sort of evil!! This chick, Flynn, has a way with words, seriously!! I highly recommend.