Thanks to both Dave Z. and David R. for recommending The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay. As I mentioned earlier, I would not have read this otherwise, as the title and concept struck me as too much of a gimmick. And for fans of non-padded books, this one fits the bill as well. You can read it in one sitting.
I also recently finished Jess Walters' The Financial Lives of the Poets. I loved his Citizen Vince a few years back and his latest novel is perfect for these economic times (sorry, I don't know how to avoid that cliche when describing this one). It's not as brutal as Westlake's The Ax, but dark and funny nevertheless. One of my favorites of 2009.
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