Degree of Guilt by Richard North Patterson. I've read many of Patterson's books and enjoyed most of them. This wasn't his best but it was still good. It concerns an attorney who defends his former lover, who is accused of murdering a famous author. Patterson, a former attorney, knows how to portray courtroom scenes. This story has a lot of twists and turns that keep it interesting.
Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman. Klosterman is best known for essays about pop culture. This quirky novel takes place in a small town in North Dakota and is written from three points of view: a high school senior, an elderly widower and a first year teacher. I enjoyed it. It's a quick read and most of it is very funny.