How about checking out a James Patterson book from the Monrovia Public Library? Patterson keeps a busy pace with lots of action and suspense. His novel Merry Christmas, Alex Cross may just fill the bill. Detective Cross can’t seem to sit down and take his first sip of eggnog on Christmas Eve before he's called on to save a local family that has been taken hostage. This is the nineteenth in the Alex Cross mystery series.
Although Stephen King once called Patterson a terrible writer, that hasn't stopped people from reading his books—he's sold almost 300 million. Incredibly prolific, he has two other popular mystery series (The Woman’s Murder Club and the Michael Bennett titles), writes teen books, sometimes partners with other authors to write novels and always finds time to promote reading and books (even those of Stephen King).
Patterson started the ReadKiddoRead program (at ReadKiddoRead.com) to encourage young people to read. So, maybe you would like to add a James Patterson book to your to-do list for the holidays.