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For some of us, this year has delivered enough drama to last a lifetime. But if you’re still after more drama, then these five great novels will add some blood pumping tension to your summer break.

This list is a who’s who of the world’s greatest storytellers, from Pulitzer Prize winner (twice!) Colson Whitehead to those authors who go straight to the bestseller list with every new book: John Grisham, Nora Roberts, Stephen King and Elizabeth George. Readers love these authors because they know that they’ll deliver a great story, filled with drama and intrigue, each and every time.

The Judge’s List by John Grisham

Investigator Lacy Stoltz is following the trail of a serial killer, and it leads to a shocking suspect – a sitting judge. Can Lacy pursue him and get the evidence she needs to catch him without becoming one of his victims? No-one writes drama like Grisham.

Billy Summers by Stephen King

Contract killer Billy Summers has one last contract hit before he retires. What could go wrong? King has written one of the most compelling and surprising duos of his career here. High drama from this master storyteller.

The Becoming by Nora Roberts

Nobody delivers like Nora Roberts. This legendary author now returns with Book Two in the Dragon Heart Legacy series. Looking for drama? You’ll get that, plus adventure and magic on a supernatural scale.

Something to Hide by Elizabeth George

A Nigerian-born detective is murdered and DI Thomas Lynley, DS Barbara Havers and DS Winston Nkata are called in to investigate a case that uncovers a controversial cultural tradition. Elizabeth George delivers yet another gripping Lynley novel. This will add some drama to your holidays.

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

When Harlem furniture salesman Ray begins to navigate a double life, drama abounds. Harlem Shuffle, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, is a gloriously entertaining novel merging crime, family, race and power. It’s a 1960’s morality play you won’t be able to put down.

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