Well, I finally have some progress to report! I'm not done with my chunksters yet (it would help if I picked them up every once in a while) but I did finish Linda Ferri's historical novel Cecilia, about the Roman woman who became a Christian martyr. I have a review drafted and plan to put it up later.
Anyway now I'm reading The Night of the Hunter, Davis Grubb's Depression-era thriller about a serial-killing preacher hunting a stolen fortune. It's so good, you guys. If you don't believe me, read Margaret Atwood's essay, Why I Love Night of the Hunter. Also, the movie is fantastic. It's creepy enough for Halloween but used to show up at my local revival theater for Christmas, because it ends at Christmastime.
Both are well worth your time. I'm savoring my re-read of Hunter. I first read it as a teen and had never read anything like it before, and now that I've read more crime fiction and some comparable titles like Nightmare Alley, I'm getting a new perspective on it.