I tend to shy away from popular fiction by prolific writers, simply because it's not always that good, and for as much as 25 bucks a book, it had better be magnificent and rarely is. However, someone gifted me with a John Grisham book this week, "The Street Lawyer" and once I started it, had to just plow right through. Read it in one day, if not one sitting. Not a huge amount of grue (some writers, like Patricia Cornwell, seem to be of the splattered brains genre, and it gets wayyy overdone), and a good steady march to the end.
I have reached the fifth book in the six-novel "Lucia" series, always fun, although by this time parts of it are becoming tedious--been there, done that about nine times--but it was and is still fun to read.
And a stunning book, gently written, by Gail Tsukiyama, "The Samurai's Garden" about a 20 year old Chinese boy who is sent to Japan for his health in 1937 just after the begining of the Sino-Japanese war, and what happens to him there. It's the kind of novel that stays with you afterwards, for quite some time.