The link above is the book i am reading right now. It has a lot of good info in it to help you to design a suspension that will work with you. I bought the book hopeing it would help me with my suspension decision and it has. Once i have the time i will be designing my rear suspension to get what i want out of it.
There are lots of other books out there like this one some more advance and some less. From what I have been told this is a good book to start with.
if you wish to run drag suspension may i also recomend this book. this will be my next book will be http://www.swracecars.com/pdf/CATpg57.PDF
doorslammers the chassis book.
hope this helped some