Recommended Reading: American political thrillers
As everyone knows, the main purpose of going on holiday is to read books. If you want a series of books which are stay-up-late to read just one more chapter, ignore-your-friends because they are interfering with reading time, and get-up-early to read another chapter, then I recommend books by Richard North Patterson, who writes American political thrillers.
I've read Conviction, which is a standalone, and the trilogy, No Safe Place, Protect and Defend, and Balance of Power. It's good in the same way that the West Wing is good - liberal American comfort-reading/viewing, with the idealistic Democrat hero struggling against the Republicans (boo!) and the big American political issues like abortion and gun control.