No matter what genre(s) he's writing in, it's hard to top Neal Barrett. In my mind, only Joe Lansdale, Andrew Vachss, and Lawrence Block are writing crime/mystery fiction of this caliber. If you like the non-traditional approach, and lean-and-mean prose, check out this Wiley Moss "Blues" series by Neal Barrett. Then, if you can, track down a copy of "The Hereafter Gang", a masterpiece that is sadly out of print. The reading public at large will discover Neal Barrett's awesome body of work someday, and I hope I'm around to see it.