I'm going to start a series of posts that basically cure reader's block. Tired of browsing library shelves until your eyes are sore? Then come on over here and get tips on books that are worth your while.
Night Train To Rigel, by Timothy Zahn
Genre: Sci-fi and mystery
Age range: teen-adult
Ex-intelligence agent Frank Compton is drafted to help the Spiders, beings who control an interstellar train system, prevent a war. He is assigned an enigmatic partner named Bayta, and soon he discovers that everything - the train system, Bayta, the Spiders, his mission - isn't what he thought it was.
This is pretty hard sci-fi. Not too much violence, except at the end, and don't read it at night because it'll keep you up wondering what's going to happen next. I think the proper literary term is tour de force.
It's the first in a series. The other books are The Third Lynx, Odd Girl Out, The Domino Pattern, and Judgement At Proteus.