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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.

More about Harlan Coben

Website: https://www.harlancoben.com/

Born: 1962

No Serie
  • Play Dead
  • Gone for Good
  • The Woods
  • Fool Me Once
  • The Stranger
  • Miracle Cure
  • Tell No One
  • No Second Chance
  • Just One Look
  • The Innocent
  • Hold Tight
  • Caught
  • Stay Close
  • Six Years
  • Missing You
  • Don't Let Go
  • Run Away
Mickey Bolitar
  1. Shelter
  2. Seconds Away
  3. Found
Myron Bolitar Series
  1. Deal Breaker
  2. Drop Shot
  3. Fade Away
  4. Back Spin
  5. One False Move
  6. The Final Detail
  7. Darkest Fear
  8. Promise Me
  9. Long Lost
  10. Live Wire
  11. Home

Detailed book overview

No Serie

Play Dead

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…

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 1990
ISBN: 978-0451231741
Publisher: Dutton
Gone for Good

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?

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-1409117087
Publisher: Orion
The Woods

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...

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0451235824
Publisher: Dutton
Fool Me Once

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.

Fool Me Once
Cast: Julia Roberts, Tucker Tooley, Lisa Gillan, Marisa Yeres Gill
Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1101984352
Publisher: Dutton
The Stranger

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0451414137
Publisher: Dutton
Miracle Cure

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!

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 1991
ISBN: 978-0451234919
Publisher: Dutton
Tell No One

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-0440245902
Publisher: Dell
No Second Chance

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!

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0451233929
Publisher: Dutton
Just One Look

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0451235039
Publisher: Dutton
The Innocent

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0451215772
Publisher: Dutton
Hold Tight

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0451236791
Publisher: Dutton
Caught

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0451232700
Publisher: Dutton
Stay Close

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0451233967
Publisher: Dutton
Six Years

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0451414113
Publisher: Dutton
Missing You

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0451414120
Publisher: Signet Books
Don't Let Go

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1101984277
Publisher: Dutton
Run Away

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!

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B0791ZS353
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital

Mickey Bolitar

Shelter

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0142422038
Publisher: Speak
Seconds Away

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?

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0142426357
Publisher: Speak
Found

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0147515742
Publisher: Speak

Myron Bolitar Series

Deal Breaker

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 1995
ISBN: 978-1409150541
Publisher: Orion
Drop Shot

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 1996
Ebook: B004LJVVOU
Fade Away

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 1996
ISBN: 978-0440246190
Publisher: Dell
Back Spin

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…

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-1407234472
Publisher: Orion Books
One False Move

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-1409150534
Publisher: Orion
The Final Detail

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!

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-1409150497
Publisher: Orion
Darkest Fear

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2000
Ebook: B00N4FJMVQ
Publisher: Dell
Promise Me

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0451219244
Publisher: Dutton; Mass Paperback Edition
Long Lost

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?

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0451236982
Publisher: Dutton
Live Wire

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.

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0451233936
Publisher: Dutton
Home

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?

Author: Harlan Coben
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1101984260
Publisher: Dutton