Blackburn by Bradley Denton is back in print. Denton, a non-prolific author, usually writes in the SF&F categories, and his stuff is worth searching for, but Blackburn is mainstream contemporary. It's not a big spoiler to reveal that the title character is a serial killer. But he is a semi-likable serial killer, and the reader finds himself agreeing that at least most of his victims are better dead. The book has some dark humor. The characterization is strong. The style is excellent. Some of the situations are bizarre, a Denton trademark. But all things considered, it isn't a comfortable read. If you are looking for something that is more toward the literary side of things, though, I recommend it.