I think I've found a new author that I love. Markus Zusak's I am the Messenger is even better than The Book Thief (which is the first of his books that I read). After stopping a bank robbery, Ed Kennedy receives a playing card in the mail with three addresses and he has to figure out what to do with it. The story follows him as he deals with his friends and trying to figure out what he has to do.
The book is brilliantly written. I love Zusak's way of telling a story. It is wonderful and he has a different way of explaining and describing than you usually see. One little piece of the story is fairly predictable, but there are so many surprises that it's barely noticeable and doesn't take anything away from the story. His characters are very well-developed and all have their own personalities. Ed, our narrator, is flawed but he tries so hard to do what's right, which makes him a great character.
I can say with certainty that I'll be picking up more books by Zusak in the future.