Barry Eisler has an award winning crime fiction series based on a character called "John Rain". There are many books in the series, but the first book is now being made into a movie starring Gary Oldman.
Best yet, Barry Eisler has a blog called Heart of the Matter that "primarily covers politics and language, particularly language as it
influences politics, with the occasional post on some miscellaneous
subject that catches my attention".
Great offline and online reading, especially for parents who need a thrilling escape!