Donald Westlake was one of the most prolific writers of pulps and paperback originals and one of my favorite authors. He's always interesting and makes a quick read.
Sadly he passed away on December 31, 2008. But he lives on through his bushels of books. You can always find something by him in the used book stores and he still has original works in the pipeline.
The Ax was written during the last recession and is apt for this one as well. His main character is laid off and in his two years of unemployment he uses a unique method of getting rid of his competition. Find out if he gets his dream job.