I'm actually going to be going to the library later on today and I've made a list of the books that have been suggested. Thanks again everyone! I'm pretty excited to check out all your recommendations. Keep 'em coming
If you are looking for more recommendations, I'll add my own two cents:
To my mind, detective fiction begins and ends with Rex Stout. Some of the Nero Wolfe mysteries are better than others, but they are all good.
I also greatly enjoyed John Dunnings first two mysteries set in the world of rare books (The Bookman's Wake & Booked to Die). They work as mysteries without relying on genre claptrap like so many of today's niche mysteries.
If you'd like to try something a little off the beaten path, look for Eric Garcia's Rex series. Again, they are well written noir-ish mysteries that just happen to have a dinosaur as the lead character.
Also, more on the thriller side of things, I highly recommend Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. It's more than just a thriller, but is also a great thriller.
One of my all-time favorite detective mysteries is The Main by Trevanian. it is about a police lieutenant in Montreal. I have read it numerous times. Can usually find it at used book shop, as it is pretty old.
Just wanted to throw in another "Thank You" for the recommendations! I can't wait to get cracking on all these new book ideas; I've been really busy lately and as a reward to myself am planing to go on a book shopping spree. I'm pretty excited now for it actually.
and I agree, The Butcher, Bosch is the coolest detective in literature.
I posted this list in another thread but probably should post it here for you, too, since you were asking for suggestions. In my first reply to you mentioned Harlan Coben but I have a much larger list for you to choose from (some of these authors have probably already been mentioned by other members):
Lee Child, Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, Allison Brennan, David Balducci, Sandra Brown, Beverly Connor, Patricia Cornwall, Jeffrey Deaver, Nelson DeMille, Eileen Dryer, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerriten, Kay Hooper, Tami Hoag, Gregg Hurwitz, Greg Iles, Christine Heggan, both Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Philip Margolin, Steve Martini, Christine McGuire, both James and Richard North Patterson, T. Jefferson Parker, Thom Racina, Kathy Reichs (if you like the "Bones" tv series, you'll love Reichs' books), Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, Lisa Scottoline, Taylor Smith, Erica Spindler, John Sandford, Tom Savage, Mariah Stewart, Stephen White and, last but certainly not least, Stuart Woods.
In my opinion, pick up a book by any of these authors and you will be pleased with your choice ... all terrific writers of thriller mysteries.