Leading on from the thread about ranking John le Carre's books (and the kicking we seem to have given him forhis later efforts), just who are the best reads out there? I tend to be a creature of habit when I find someone good - the missus always laughs that there'll suddenly seem to be a glut of books by the same author kicking around the place. I've just come out of another Len Deighton-fest, for instance. But, in the interest of expanding my and others' horizons, who's good... or good right now? I'll lead with a long-standing favourite in Martin Cruz Smith. His books featuring Arkady Renko (the central character in the film Gorky Park) have been very consistent over the years, as have his others, and I can't recommend him enough. I've also been a fan of Alan Furst over the years; although his inter-war espionage tales tend to take some getting through they do sustain to the end. I know though that I tend towards the same genres (espionage and crime). But who/what is worth a look elsewhere?