Name one or two off-beat authors that really float your boat.
Tim Dorsey - Florida writer. Hero is Serge, a mentally-impaired serial killer who has wonderfully inventive ways of murdering idiots (like salting a guy and leaving him staked on a FL rooftop). A whole series of Serge books, each one better than the last.
Anne George - deceased- Birmingham, Alabama writer. Hysterically funny series of mysteries involving two sisters.
Hey, I've found that many of my favorite authors resulted from tips from friends. This is a good way to discover new authors.