To those who do know me, this is no surprise, as my reading is recognized to be eclectic.
Many years ago, I recall seeing a TV series called The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167703/. The premise of the show was to show the viewers some stories of lesser known detectives of the era.
Of all the detectives in the series, one stood out for me. He was the blind detective Max Carrados created by Ernest Brammah https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Bramah. Not a lot is known about Mr. Brammah http://www.ernestbramah.com/ - like me - he kept his private life out of the public eye. Although not well known his works are compared favorably with writers of his era.
My current reading is The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/11/04/the-rum-diary-hunter-s-thompson-s-time-in-puerto-rico.html, for a long time I've been in search of Hunter's "The Great Shark hunt."
Was it reading Hemingway's The Old man and the Sea http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/oldman/ that started this retro urge? In my opinion reading the book was an extension of my tastes, as I have no set reading pattern, other than a good read - genre or sex of the author don't matter to me - I still surprise even the people who've known me for years.