Listened to Stephen Hunter's Dirty White Boys. Kept expecting it to get better, ended up listening to the second half at 2x speed and even so skipping bits. Meh. Hard to believe it's by the same guy who wrote Point of Impact. Even harder to believe that it was well-received, but it apparently was.
Now listening to A Buyer's Market, second part of his "Dance to the Music of Time." It's amazing how enthralling Powell makes this story where really nothing happens. (At least, not in the first quarter). Beautiful writing, and he slips nicely through time, as one thing reminds him of another.