Ludlum is a great author (Bourne trilogy) I've read all his stuff, don't limit yourself to just the Bourne books. That'll keep you busy for awhile!
Jonathan Kellerman writes great mystery (His Alex Delaware books rock)
ahhh famous last words (they'll never find out).
Like Antarctican said, you know your girlfried best but, *if* she was to find out, it is going to be a whole lot worse that she didn't hear it from you. It'll might feel to her like you had something to hide.
(wow... poor guy, tag teamed by...
Expense is relative. I can't think of any hobby (that you get 'serious' about) that is cheap. It's all about what you want to do and/or accomplish in that hobby. If you want to take great snaps, then you can do it fairly inexpensively.
Before you invest any big bucks, you should take the...