Harlan Coben books in order
Harlan Coben is an American award winning writer of mystery novels and thrillers.
Born in 1962 in Newark, New Jersey, Coben went to Livingston High School before studying political science at Amherst College where he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity-alongside Dan Brown who would similarly go on to become a household name in the writing world.
Coben is a perpetual #1 New York Times author of thirty novels; most prominent of all being FOOL ME ONCE, TELL NO ONE, NO SECOND CHANCE and the acclaimed Myron Bolitar Series.
He has sold over 70 million printed copies worldwide, with his books being published in 43 languages around the globe.
Coben lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their four children.
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
- Play Dead (1990)
- Miracle Cure (1991)
- Tell No One (2001)
- Gone for Good (2002)
- No Second Chance (2003)
- Just One Look (2004)
- The Innocent (2005)
- The Woods (2007)
- Hold Tight (2008)
- Caught (2010)
- Stay Close (2012)
- Six Years (2013)
- Missing You (2014)
- The Stranger (2015)
- Fool Me Once (2016)
- Don't Let Go (2017)
- Run Away (2019)
- I Will Find You (2023)
- The Boy from the Woods (2020)
- The Match (2022)
Windsor Horne Lockwood III
- Win (2021)
- Shelter (2011)
- Seconds Away (2012)
- Found (2014)
Myron Bolitar Series
- Deal Breaker (1995)
- Drop Shot (1996)
- Fade Away (1996)
- Back Spin (1997)
- One False Move (1998)
- The Final Detail (1999)
- Darkest Fear (2000)
- Promise Me (2006)
- Long Lost (2009)
- Live Wire (2011)
- Home (2016)
More about Mickey Bolitar
High school student Mickey Bolitar is forced to live with his estranged uncle and sports agent, Myron Bolitar, after his father is killed in a car crash.
He is sharp and perceptive just like his uncle, and will go to great lengths to help those he cares about.
Mickey switches high school after his father dies and his mother is taken to rehab, but things start getting better for him after he gets an amazing new girlfriend named Ashley.
He and his loyal new friends Ema and Spoon however find themselves caught up in the mystery involving the shooting of their friend Rachel.
Mickey and his friends aren’t afraid to put their lives in the way of danger, if it means getting the answers they are looking for.
In this series, internationally best-selling author Harlan Coben introduces a whole new generation of fans to the witty and gleefully plotting that made him a celebrated author.
More about Myron Bolitar
Myron Bolitar, the main character in the series, is a former basketball player turned sports agent.
Signs that Myron was a gifted basketball player were evident as early as the 6th grade, and he went on to be drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round, until he shattered his knee during a preseason game against Washington Bullets—ending his career.
It is this setback that inspired Myron to return to college, studying Law at the prestigious Harvard before becoming a sports agent.
Two other characters mentioned prominently in the series are his best friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III, fondly known as "Win", and Esperanza Diaz, his assistant at his agency MB SportsReps.
Win is a flirtatious and unconventional billionaire who owns the building where their offices are located while Esperanza is a determined assistant who makes partner later in the series after obtaining a Law degree from New York University.
Detailed book overview
When supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin exchanged their marriage vows, their much envied union seemed like a match made in heaven. But no sooner had they gotten married, than calamity struck.
While enjoying their honeymoon on the renowned Great Barrier Reef in Australia, David went out for a swim-only to never return.
Widowed soon after their marriage, Laura holds many unanswered questions. A desperate attempt to uncover the truth will see her tossed into a labyrinth of lies and deceit that stretches back to three decades ago.
Meanwhile, an outstandingly talented rookie makes his spectacular debut on the Boston Garden court…
First Release: 1990
TV journalist Sara Lowell and Michael Silverman, New York’s most blistering basketball star, are the most envied couple on television. Their family, coupled with their far reaching social connections, links them to the very elite in the political, medical, and sports world; a web that will unreservedly tangle them up in a dilemma as controversial as it is destructive.
In an Upper West Side Manhattan clinic, a doctor- who has dedicated his entire life to eradicating a deadly disease- looks to be on the brink of breakthrough as his patients are getting well one by one; yet one by one, they are being targeted by a serial killer on the loose.
When Michael is diagnosed with the disease, there’s only one cure, but more than one way to die!
First Release: 1991
Lake Charmaine holds a special place in David and Elizabeth’s hearts, as it is where they grew up and shared their first kiss at the age of twelve. Now twenty-five years old and married just under a year ago, Dr. David Beck and his wife Elizabeth, return for a blissful weekend.
Misfortune however strikes their trip, as Elizabeth is abducted, murdered, and her body dumped in a ditch. Although her killers were caught and brought to book, for David, there could possibly be no closure.
On the eighth anniversary of her death, two unidentified bodies are discovered at the lake, several years after their deaths. What’s more, David receives a mysterious email with a specific phrase only known to him and Elizabeth - “kiss time”- 6:15pm.
First Release: 2001
For Will Klein, Ken-his older brother-was always his hero when they were growing up. But when a young woman, who Will once loved, is found heinously murdered in their lavish New Jersey neighborhood, his older brother becomes the primary suspect in the act.
With the evidence devastatingly pointing against him, Ken Klein vanishes; shattering his family as he is never heard from again.
More than a decade later, Will gathers proof that Ken is alive, but not without facing shocking truths about his brother-and about himself. Can he be able to overcome the violent mystery unwinds around him, and continue with his search till the very end?
First Release: 2002
Things go horribly wrong for Dr. Marc Seidman, almost too bad to believe. Marc lies in bed after being shot twice by an unidentified assailant; his wife has been murdered, and his six-month-old daughter, missing.
Just when it seems as though things can’t possibly get any worse than they already have, Marc receives a ransom note with a chilling message:
“We are watching. If you contact the authorities, you will never see your daughter again. There will be no second chance.”
Despite the warning, Marc sees only one thing; a chance to save his daughter, Tara.
With no one to trust, not even the police or the FBI, he clings on his only unfaltering vow; to rescue Tara at any cost!
First Release: 2003
Grace Lawson’s life immediately unravels when she collects a newly developed set of family photographs. One of the pictures, which doesn’t belong to her and is seemingly from at least twenty years ago, has a photo of five people: four are strangers, while the other one appears to be her husband, Jack.
Although Jack denies being the person on the photo, he drives away with no explanation in the dead of night—taking the photograph with him. Grace struggles to protect her children from their father’s absence in the ensuing days, as her marriage plunges further into uncertainty.
But when it turns out that a vicious silent killer is looking for Jack and the photograph, Grace faces dark corners of her own tragic past, as she strives to keep her children safe, and bring her husband home.
First Release: 2004
Matt Hunter is forever hunted by the horrors of the night he genuinely tried to break up a fight, only to end up a killer. Now nine years after his release from prison, with his innocence long forgotten, the ex-con takes nothing for granted.
Things look promising as Olivia, his wife, is pregnant and the two are looking to move to a house in his home town. All this however changes when he receives a puzzling video call from Olivia’s phone.
When an adored nun is then found murdered and a mysterious man—who was tailing Matt—turns up dead, all indications point to an ex-con who already served a sentence for a murder.
Determined not to lose everything he holds dear for a second time, Matt and his wife launch a desperate attempt to save their future.
First Release: 2005
Paul Copeland, a New Jersey county prosecutor, is still grieving over the loss of his sister when he loses his wife to cancer, leaving him to raise their six-year-old daughter alone.
His sister disappeared twenty years earlier when she walked into the woods one night, never to be seen again. But when a homicide victim—a boy who vanished along with Paul's sister—is discovered, the evidence links him to the disappearance.
Paul clings on the hope that she could still be alive given how the victim matches the boy who disappeared with his sister, but dangerous family secrets from the past threaten to shred apart everything Paul has been trying to hold together...
First Release: 2007
Never in their wildest dreams did Tia and Mike Baye ever imagine that they would spy on their kids. But they give in to worry and install a sophisticated spy program on Adam’s computer, after their sixteen-year-old son grew mysteriously distance following the suicide of his best friend, Spencer Hill.
In just a matter of days, they are shaken by a cryptic message from an unknown source:
“Just stay quiet and all safe.”
Betsy Hill on the other hand makes a terrible discovery while browsing through an online memorial for her late son, Spencer. But before she gets the chance to find out more, Adam vanishes: taking the truth with him in a move that sends massive shock waves across the entire neighborhood.
First Release: 2008
Captain of the lacrosse team and a decent girl poised to join college next year with all the hopes and dreams her adoring parents, 17 year-old Haley McWaid is the pride of her suburban New Jersey family. So when she fails to come home one night, and three seemingly long months pass by without any word from her, everyone assumes the worst.
Reporter Wendy Tynes is on a mission to identify and bring down sexual predators through highly televised sting operations. Wendy and her team, with the help of the local police, have publicly shamed dozens of men through her news program “Caught in the Act”.
But when social worker Dan Mercer walks into her trap over the disappearance of Haley, shocking consequences will have Wendy doubting her instincts.
First Release: 2010
The days of walking on the wild side are long gone for Megan, as she is now a suburban soccer mom with two kids, a perfect husband, the a dream home, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction.
Ray was once a talented documentary photographer, but he at the age of forty has a dead-end job: reduced to a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids.
Seventeen years later, Broome, a detective, is yet to find closure in a cold case that involved the disappearance of a local husband and father.
As the dreadful consequences of distant events collide in the present, three people leading lives they never wanted—with closely guarded secrets that no one could ever suspect—will come to realize that the past never truly fades away.
First Release: 2012
It’s been six years since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, tie the knot with another man. Six years of burying his broken heart in work as a college professor. Six years of upholding the promise to leave Natalie and her new husband, Todd, alone.
So when he stumbles upon Todd’s obituary, he can’t help but attend the funeral. While hoping to catch a glimpse of Todd’s wife, he realizes that the mourning widow—who has been married to the deceased for more than a decade—isn’t Natalie!
No one has seen Natalie in years, and mutual friends of the couple either can’t be traced or just don’t remember Jake.
Desperate, Jake puts his own life at risk as he searches for the very woman who broke his heart.
First Release: 2013
As Kat Donovan, an NYPD Detective, surfs on an online dating site, she comes across a profile that makes emotions of a long forgotten heartbreak come crashing back. On the accompanying picture is Jeff, her ex-fiancé, and the man who broke her heart 18 years ago.
Feeling a spark, she reaches out to the man in the profile, but her rejuvenated hope quickly translates into suspicion and terror as an indescribable conspiracy—where monsters prey on the most defenseless—is revealed.
With the body counts increasing, and her dreams of a second chance with Jeff becoming ever so unattainable, Kat becomes entirely drawn into the investigation; one that challenges her feelings about everyone she has ever loved—her ex-fiancé, her mother, and even her cruelly murdered father whose killing has never been fully explained.
First Release: 2014
Publisher: Signet Books
The Stranger appears from nowhere, whispers a few words in your ear and then disappears.
A congenial marriage to a stunning woman, two wonderful sons, a big house and a good job: Adam Price has a lot to lose.
So when he runs into the stranger—whose motives are unclear and information is irrefutable—it turns his life upside down. No sooner does he confront his wife, Corinne, about the devastating secret he learns, than his mirage of a perfect life disappears as though it never existed.
As Adam finds himself entwined in something far greater than Corinne’s deception, he realizes that one wrong move will not only ruin lives, but unequivocally end them.
First Release: 2015
Home after the war, former special ops pilot, Maya, sees an unsettling image of her two-year-old daughter as captured by her nanny cam while she is at work. She sees her daughter playing with Joe, her husband, but there’s only one problem; Joe was brutally murdered two weeks earlier.
That begs the heart-wrenching question; can you always believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you hopelessly want to?
In order to uncover the mystery, Maya must face the deeply guarded secrets and deceptions from her own past before coming to terms with the inconceivable truth about her husband, and quite assuredly, herself.
Cast: Julia Roberts, Tucker Tooley, Lisa Gillan, Marisa Yeres Gill
First Release: 2016
Napoleon “Nap” Dumas’s life has never been the same since the senior year of high school. It was a dreadful year on which the bodies of his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found on the railroad tracks, whereas Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, ended their relationship before vanishing with no explanation.
Now a suburban New Jersey detective, and after fifteen long years of searching, he seems to have finally found what he has been looking for.
Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, prompting Nap to embark on a quest for answers. But this only leads to more questions about the woman he loved, and about the death of Leo and Diana.
First Release: 2017
Your daughter disappears. She’s addicted to drugs, has an abusive boyfriend, and has made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.
You by chance see her playing guitar in Central Park, but she’s almost unrecognizable. She looks frightened and clearly in trouble.
Without giving it much thought, you approach her, and plead with her to come home—she runs.
On seeing that, you do what any parent in that position would do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed.
Things escalate quickly, and your life and that of your family is endangered. In order to protect your “little girl” from the evils of that world, you must face them head on!
First Release: 2019
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Five years ago, an innocent man began a life sentence for murdering his own son. Today he found out his son is still alive.
David Burroughs was once a devoted father to his three-year-old son Matthew, living a dream life just a short drive away from the working-class suburb where he and his wife, Cheryl, first fell in love--until one fateful night when David woke suddenly to discover Matthew had been murdered while David was asleep just down the hall.
Half a decade later, David’s been wrongly accused and convicted of the murder, left to serve out his time in a maximum-security prison—a fate which, grieving and wracked with guilt, David didn’t have the will to fight. The world has moved on without him. Then Cheryl’s younger sister, Rachel, makes a surprise appearance during visiting hours bearing a strange photograph.
It’s a vacation shot of a bustling amusement park a friend shared with her, and in the background, just barely in frame, is a boy bearing an eerie resemblance to David’s son. Even though it can’t be, David just knows: Matthew is still alive.
David plans a harrowing escape, determined to achieve the impossible – save his son, clear his own name, and discover the real story of what happened. But with his life on the line and the FBI following his every move, can David evade capture long enough to reveal the shocking truth?
First Release: 2023
Three decades ago, a child was found in the New Jersey backwoods. With no recollection of who he was and where he came from, everyone simply called him Wilde.
Now an ex-soldier and security specialist, his services are desperately needed after a child goes missing.
When Naomi Pine mysteriously disappeared, not many people seemed to care—least of all her family.
Criminal attorney Hester Crimstein however makes it her mission to find the girl, enlisting the help of Wilde who can’t ignore an outcast in trouble.
When three days of searching prove futile, only for a human finger to show up in the mail on the fourth day, Wilde knows it’s a race against time to save the girl’s life and unmask the town’s shadowy secrets.
First Release: 2020
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
After months away, Wilde has returned to the Ramapo Mountains in the wake of a failed bid at domesticity that confirms what he’s known all along: He belongs on his own, free from the comforts and constraints of modern life.
Suddenly, a DNA match on an online ancestry database brings Wilde closer to his past than he’s ever dreamed, and finally gives Wilde the opening he needs to track down his father. But meeting the man brings up more questions than answers. So Wilde reaches out to his last, most desperate lead, a second cousin who disappears as quickly as he resurfaces, having experienced an epic fall from grace that can only be described as a waking nightmare.
Was his cousin’s downfall a long time coming? Or was he the victim of a conspiracy as cunning as it is complex? And how does it all connect to the man once known as The Stranger, a treacherous fugitive with a growing following whose mission and methods have only turned more dangerous with time?
First Release: 2022
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Windsor Horne Lockwood III
Over twenty years ago, the young, wealthy heiress Patricia Lockwood was kidnapped during a robbery at her family estate. She managed to escape after months of solitary confinement, but there was no trace of her kidnappers. Until now.
A murdered man is found in a penthouse on New York's Upper West Side. There are two notable items in the apartment: a stolen Vermeer and a leather suitcase with the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, authorities have a new lead in Patricia Lockwood's kidnapping case.
Windsor Horne Lockwood III - "Win" to his friends - will not rest until he knows how his suitcase and the stolen painting ended up in the dead man's possession. Especially when the FBI tells him that his cousin Patricia's kidnapper is still at large.
First Release: 2021
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Mickey Bolitar has endured a rough year. He has witnessed his father's death, sent his mom to rehab, and is forced to switch high schools and live with his estranged uncle Myron. For once, things seem to be improving when he meets a great girl, Ashley—only for her to suddenly vanish.
Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a sordid underworld; one that shockingly reveals that both his father and Ashley aren’t who they claimed to be.
First Release: 2011
When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends—the sharp-witted Ema and the enchantingly charming Spoon—find themselves entangled in a horrific mystery involving the shooting of their friend Rachel.
On top of trying to unearth the truth about the Abeona Shelter, the Butcher of Lodz and the inexplicable death of his father, Mickey now has to figure out who shot Rachel, at all costs!
Mickey has always been willing to put everything on the line to in order to help those he loves, but with danger only seconds away, how can he protect them when he is unsure who or what he is protecting them from?
First Release: 2012
Eight months have passed since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the unfortunate death of his father: eight months of lies, dark secrets, and unanswered questions. As he desperately seeks for answers, Mickey’s sophomore year of high school presents its own fair share of challenges. His basketball teammates detest him, Spoon is in the hospital, Rachel won’t tell him where he stands, and Ema has an online boyfriend who has disappeared.
As Mickey searches for Ema’s missing boyfriend, who quite possibly doesn't even exist, he finds himself helping Troy Taylor—his sworn enemy. All the while, Mickey and his friends are drawn deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Abeona Shelter, putting their lives at risk as they seek to find the answers.
First Release: 2014
Myron Bolitar Series
Sports agent Myron Bolitar is on the brink of a groundbreaking deal, as is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron’s prized client.
But the deal starts to deteriorate when Christian receives a phone call from his former girlfriend-a woman thought by everyone, including the police, to be dead.
In a bid to unfurl the truth about a family’s tragedy, a woman’s secret, and a man’s lies, Myron pits himself against the dark side of his business; a place where talent will make you wealthy, but the truth can unequivocally get you killed.
The book marks the debut of Myron Bolitar, an impulsive and kind-hearted sports agent; a hero in suspense fiction as told by the celebrated Harlan Coben.
First Release: 1995
There was once a time when Valerie Simpson’s tennis career took off, bearing nothing but great promise for the future. But now, all the headlines are that of a player completely off track.
When Valerie is murdered in cold blood and her body dumped right outside the stadium at the U.S. Open, Myron Bolitar, a renowned sports agent, steps in to investigate the killing; one that will unearth a gut-wrenching connection between two players and a six-year-old murder at an affluent mainline club.
As Myron delves deeper into the case, along with a dirty U.S. senator, a jealous mother, and the mob, he finds himself caught between a killer and the evasive truth.
First Release: 1996
Myron Bolitar, a sports agent and occasional investigator, is summoned by Clip Arnstein, the owner of the New Jersey Dragons, following the mysterious disappearance of star player Greg Downing.
Greg and Myron have a history together, as they had a fierce rivalry throughout their youth and college days, although Myron never made it to pro-ball after a freak knee injury.
As he conducts investigations into Greg’s disappearance, he discovers that Greg, a compulsive gambler, had been blackmailed by a mysterious woman who was a member of The Raven Brigade-a Sixties radical group.
With investigations further providing leads to a custody battle, a murder weapon and a sex tape, solving the puzzle will cause Myron both physical and emotional danger.
First Release: 1996
Myron Bolitar is brought in to investigate the mysterious kidnapping of Chad Coldren, the son of two professional golfers; with the abduction conveniently occurring while Jack, his father, is assuredly on his way to winning the U.S. Open.
Just when the plot tracks back to twenty-three years ago which was the last time Jack Coldren nearly won the U.S. Open, Myron's attention quickly shifts after Chad is released, but his father is murdered.
As Myron connects the murder to Jack's wife Linda, what he discovers next will be beyond his wildest imaginations…
First Release: 1997
Publisher: Orion Books
Norm Zuckerman, CEO of Zoom sports manufacturing company, invites Myron Bolitar to protect his prized player, Brenda Slaughter, who has been receiving anonymous threats.
Reluctant at first, Myron undertakes to help her not just to become her agent, but because he realizes that they have tie from the past that binds them together. Horace, Brenda’s father, coached Myron during his heydays in basketball, although the two lost touch after Myron's career tragically ended following a nasty knee injury.
But as Myron works closely with Brenda to find her parents, he suddenly realizes that his feelings for her are growing ever so deeper; making him to question his long standing relationship with Jessica-his live-in lover.
First Release: 1998
Esperanza, Myron Bolitar’s colleague at MB SportsReps, has been taken into police custody on accusations of murdering a client-a crestfallen baseball star who was attempting to mount a career comeback.
Purposive to prove her innocence, Myron endeavors to uncover the truth, despite Esperanza’s refusal to speak to him on advisement by her lawyer who doesn’t want Myron anywhere near the case, or his client.
Myron is nonetheless already too involved, and with plenty at stake, he draws closer to uncovering the truth.
But the only problem is, the more he uncovers, the more the murder evidence points to him!
First Release: 1999
Being visited by his ex-girlfriend out of the blue is already disconcerting enough, but the news Emily Downing is bearing will bring Myron Bolitar to his knees. Jeremy, her son, is on his deathbed and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant but the donor has disappeared without a trace.
The biggest shock however is discovering that Jeremy is actually his son; conceived on the night prior Emily’s wedding to another man.
Myron is determined to help Jeremy, but finding the vanished donor would translate to opening up dark mysteries involving a broken family, a heinous kidnapping splurge and the FBI.
When doubts however emanate regarding Jeremy’s true paternity, a child vanishes-sparking a chain reaction of heart-rending truth and frightening revelation.
First Release: 2000
With the school year almost over, and kids making the dangerous mistake of drinking and driving as they await their college acceptances letters, Myron is determined to ensure the safety of his friend’s children. He thus makes two neighborhood girls give their word to call him should they ever find themselves in a dilemma, and are afraid to call their parents.
One of the girls, Aimee Biel, calls him in the dead of night several days later, and Myron picks her up in midtown Manhattan before dropping her to a quiet cul-de-sac in New Jersey where she claims a friend of hers lives.
Aimee however goes missing the following day, with Myron being the last person to see her. Determined to fulfill his well intended promise, Myron embarks on a mission to find the girl, but events from his past will haunt his every step.
First Release: 2006
Publisher: Dutton; Mass Paperback Edition
When Myron Bolitar receives an unexpected early morning phone call from ex-lover, Terese, he immediately travels to Paris only to be informed by the French authorities that she has been arrested. Terese is the key suspect in the murder of her ex-husband Rick, although she is soon cleared of the charges.
Blood discovered at the scene of the murder surprisingly matches that of Rick’s daughter, Miriam, but Terese’s only daughter with Rick had been killed in a car accident ten years earlier; one that eventually led to their separation.
After evading his own kidnapping, Myron catches sight of a teenage blonde girl with a striking resemblance to Terese. Could it be that Miriam’s death had been staged?
First Release: 2009
When Suzze T, a former tennis star and her husband, Lex, a rock star, are targeted with an anonymous Facebook post questioning the fatherhood of their unborn child, Lex runs off-leaving Suzze alone at eight months pregnant.
Desperate to save her marriage, and quite possibly her husband’s life, Suzze turns to Myron Bolitar for help. Myron however not only finds Lex, but also crosses paths with Kitty; his sister-in-law who, alongside Myron’s brother, forswore the Bolitar family years ago.
As he races against time to find his missing brother whilst their father still clings on to dear life, Myron faces the very same lies that led to their separation.
First Release: 2011
Ten years ago, kidnappers, who had abducted two boys from well-to-do families, demanded ransom before suddenly going silent. For an entire decade, their families were left with nothing save for agonizing memories, with no trace of the boys ever surfacing.
Brighter days however seem to be on the horizon, as Myron Bolitar and his close friend, Win, are convinced they are on to something as they have located one of the boys-now a teenager.
Where could he have possibly been for the last ten years? Does he have any recollection of the day, more than half a life ago, that he was separated from his family?
What about his missing friend? Could his fate have already been sealed?
First Release: 2016