Now Shadows of the Empire....there's a terrific SW novel.
The only Star Wars novel I read was one about an alien invasion - I cannot remember the name but it was dreadful and I never finished it. I swapped it with someone for a Parker
novel - I got the better end of the deal.
Vector Prime, perhaps? I know that book turned a lot of people off the EU--actually, I stopped following regularly cause of New Jedi Order.