Saturday, September 19, 2009

Long Lost - Book #84

Title Long Lost
Author Harlan Coben
Genre Mystery
Pages 384
Publisher Dutton
Copyright 2009

Synopsis (from web-site)
Myron Bolitar hasn't heard from Terese Collins since their torrid affair ended ten years ago, so her desperate phone call from Paris catches him completely off guard. Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband in Paris, Terese has nowhere else to turn for help. Myron heeds the call but then a startling piece of evidence turns the entire case upside down.

Why I read It
Mr. Coben made his start writing a series of books featuring the irrepressible Myron Bolitar, former pro athlete turned Sports Agent turned Private Investigator for his clients; and his sociopathic and highly successful best friend Win. Together they are a great combination of smart ass and kick ass that make the books fun to read. I believe this is the 9th in the series and he has almost as many stand alone novels as well.

The Good
Funny and fun to read. Here are two guys who actually follow through with their promises to even the score. Imagine Jack Bauer if he was funny.

The Bad
You have to accept some pretty stretched scenarios sometimes - just remember it is fiction.

The Ugly (my opinion)
It delivers exactly what I am looking for in a Bolitar novel. It may be more suited for guys, but you ladies feel free to give it a try. His stand alones might be a better first choice though.

The Truth? (other reviews)
Mysterious Reviews

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography
Harlan Coben (born January 4, 1962) is an American author of mystery novels and thrillers. The plots of his novels often involve the resurfacing of unresolved or misinterpreted events in the past (such as murders, fatal accidents, etc.) and often have multiple plot twists. Both series of Coben's books are set in and around New York and New Jersey, and some of the supporting characters in the two series have appeared in both. Coben was born to a Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey but was raised and schooled in Livingston, New Jersey. While at Amherst College, he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. Also a member of the Amherst chapter of Psi Upsilon at that time was Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code. They remain good friends to this day. After graduating from Amherst College as a political science major, he worked in the travel industry, in a company owned by his grandfather. He now lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.

Harlan Coben discussing the character

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