The Accident, by Chris PavoneRead about another entry on the list.
Any novel that can make a character a “subsidiary-rights director” without boring the pants off the reader is a great achievement—but Pavone, who surely lost a friend or two in the publishing industry with this thriller, pulls it off and much more. Literary agent Isabel Reed receives an anonymous manuscript called The Accident that reveals dirt on a powerful media magnate, and finds herself at the center of a ruthless effort to keep the book from being published—an effort that include killing Isabel herself, if necessary. Throughout the tense, fast-moving story, Pavone sprinkles in wonderful observations and revelations about publishing clearly sourced from his own experiences. This not only lends the book an aura of realism that serves the thriller plotting well, it makes it a secret guidebook to modern publishing.
The Page 69 Test: The Accident.