Like my writing, my reading tastes in thriller mysteries are rather bizarre. I like humorous thrillers and so absorb gleefully anything by Michael Dibdin, who passed away too young in 2007. Especially enjoy his Aurello Zen detective / Mafia novels based in the Mezzogiorno in Italy - Back to Bolgna is a favourite. Also his Dirty Tricks is a classic for me. I'm also a big fan of Tibor Fischer, who writes literary thrillers ie he plays around with the sounds and prosody of words. When I discovered his The Thought Gang I was inspired to write my own thrillers. Fischers' book starts with the premise that a few years ago most bank robbers got away with their crime. Also, most bank robbers were below average intelligence (not sure that's true now that banks are trickier to rob!) and so if you take a group of unemployed philosophers, they are sure to make a success of bank robbery as they travel North to South down France.