It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, but I love the Hard Case Crime series. You can’t get crime fiction cheaper outside of your local used bookshop. I just finished of two of these in a matter of days. The Last Quarry by Max Collins is reminiscent of Mickey Spillaine, plus it includes a sexy librarian character (to me, irresistible.) If you want crime fiction for women, check out Money Shot by Christa Faust. The lead character might qualify as a “third-wave feminist” since she is a porn actress out for revenge. Decide for yourself.