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updated 7/16/2012 6:06:20 PM ET 2012-07-16T22:06:20

We took the opportunity to ask New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva, whose new thriller, “ The Fallen Angel ” arrives in stores this week, about his choices for this summer's sizzling reads for three specific criteria: a book for the beach, a book for a rainy day and a book for under the covers. Check out the titles he selected.

At the beach

“The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln”
By Stephen Carter
(Knopf)
“It’s great alternative history by a great American novelist and legal scholar who also happens to be a great friend.”

For a Rainy Day

“The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a Museum Director's Eye”
By Maxwell Anderson
(American Association of Museums)
Anderson is the Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. “Max will take you behind the scenes of a museum and teach you how to look at pieces of art and understand why they’re important, why they’re worthy of being displayed on a museum’s wall.”

Under the Covers

“Spies Against Armageddon”
By Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman
(Levant Books)
“I write about fictitious spies, but Dan and Yossi write about real Israeli operatives. These two journalists know more about the Israeli intelligence community than anyone.”

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