Salon's Favorite Thrillers
5 gripping novels for those long summer days
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 6:09 PM CDT
The cover of Harlan Coben's 'Hold Tight.'
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(Newser) – Memorial Day means beaches, languid hours, and a page-turner within reach—so Salon has collared the season's best thrillers. This year's lineup includes: An art forger who gets in too deep; a Stalinist official who tries to do good; and a college prof who needs help solving an imaginary murder. Let's dive in!

  1. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (Dutton Adult)
  2. The Forgery of Venus - Michael Gruber (William Morrow)
  3. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith (Grand Central Publishing)
  4. Obedience - Will Lavender (Shaye Areheart Books)
  5. Losing You - Nicci French (St. Martin's Minotaur)