By Ken Tucker
Updated July 24, 2009 at 03:11 PM EDT
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Okay, the weekend is coming, and I’d like to read a good thriller. Can you recommend one to me?

Before you answer, here’s my deal: I like pretty hardboiled stuff. I don’t much care for private eyes. (Sorry, Ross Macdonald.) I’ve been through all of Elmore Leonard, most of Donald Westlake‘s Parker novels, most of James Ellroy.

I just finished a fine example of the tough stuff: Jason Starr’s Fake I.D., which came out a couple months ago, about a Manhattan bar bouncer who’s out for a big score. Loved it.

Among current thriller writers, I really like Duane Swierczynski, Ken Bruen, Megan Abbott.

Who are your favorite thriller writers, and what book do you think I should read this weekend?

Much appreciated.