Harlan Coben


Myron Bolitar - Basketball player turned sports agent and P.I., New York and New Jersey

"Long Lost"

(Reviewed by Chuck Barksdale APR 4, 2009)

Two days before I learned the secret she’d kept buried for a decade—the seemingly personal secret that would not only devastate the two of us but change the world forever—Terese Collins called me at five AM, pushing me from one quasi-erotic dream into another. She simply said, “Come to Paris.”

I had not heard her voice in, what, seven years maybe, and the line had static and she didn’t bother with hello or any preamble. I stirred and said, “Terese? Where are you?”

“In a cozy hotel on the Left Bank. You’ll love it here. There’s an Air France flight leaving tonight at seven.”

I sat up. Terese Collins. Imagery flooded in—her Class-B-felony bikini, that private sland, the sun-kissed beach, her gaze that could melt teeth, her Class-B-felony bikini.

It’s worth mentioning the bikini twice.

Long Lost, the ninth book in Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series is arguably the best one (so far). When Myron gets a mysterious call from former anchorwoman Terese Collins, who he hasn’t heard from in years, he at first is not sure if he should go to Paris to help. But relationship problems with girlfriend Ali Wilder lead him to get on a plane to Paris. Terese has asked Myron to help him find her ex-husband Rick Collins, an investigative reporter who had pulled her out of her self-imposed exile to meet him in Paris. Unfortunately, Rick is not where he told her to meet him.

Myron gets into trouble as soon as he reaches Paris as he is pulled from Customs to talk to what he at first believes is an Immigration Officer, but later finds out is Captain Berleand of the French police. After a short interrogation, he is released and when he meets Terese in a café in Paris, he is again confronted by Captain Berleand and both Myron and Terese are brought to the police headquarters. Myron soon realizes based on all of the questions by the police that Terese’s ex-husband was found murdered in Paris and he and Terese are obvious suspects. The police soon realize that Terese’s husband was murdered before Myron arrived and he is released.

While in Paris, Terese finally tells Myron her big secret and why she was so quick to go away with him ten years previously. Although Myron and Terese discussed some things in the past, they believed at the time it was just a fling and their inner secrets were not shared. Now, years later, in what could possibly be related to what had happened in the past, Terese tells Myron about her difficulty in having children only to finally have a baby girl. Unfortunately, in a rush to drop her daughter with a friend so she could get to work, Terese gets into a major car accident and her seven year old daughter is killed. Terese has felt guilty about it every day since, but when blood that shares the DNA of her husband is found of her ex-husband's murder scene, the impossible thought that Terese’s daughter is still alive sets off even more emotions in Terese.

Soon after his release, Myron is confronted by a strange man in what looks to be a kidnapping. Myron manages to surprise the man and shoot one of the other kidnappers and escape. Although Myron escapes the kidnappers, he is arrested for all of the shooting and soon is back talking to Captain Berleand. When Myron is able to identify his potential kidnapper, Captain Berleand tells him that he is dealing with something that he should avoid. Myron points out he has his loyal friend Windsor Lockwood III on his side but Berleand is not impressed. Myron later finds out that this strange man is tied to terrorists and is somehow involved in the murder of Rick Collins who apparently as part of his investigation was too close to the terrorists.

Myron, along with Win and several of his other friends and co-workers, work to uncover who is after him and how what appears to be Terese Collins' DNA can be mixed up in the murder of her ex-husband. This book has lots of twists and unexpected turns typical of Coben’s suspense novels that keep the reader’s interest all through the book.

I’ve been fortunate to have read over the last four years all of Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar books, plus one non-series book, Tell No One. Although I have enjoyed them all, I thought that Tell No One was better than any of the Bolitar books. After having written the first seven Bolitar books finishing with Darkest Fear in 2001, Coben decided to write more suspense oriented non-series books, until returning to the Bolitar books with Promise Me (2006) and now Long Lost (2009). With these past two books, more so with Long Lost, Coben is putting the great characters he created for the series in the suspenseful situations more typical of his stand alone books.

Although fans of the Bolitar series will be happy with the return of Myron and friends, Harlan Coben does a very good job of reintroducing all of the characters so that even first time readers of the series will not be confused. Long Lost is a great combination of likeable and interesting characters typical of the Bolitar books with Myron and Win and to a lesser extent the other regular characters, in a very exciting book that can not be put down until the end. Fortunately, Coben still manages several humorous parts, especially with Win, that add to the enjoyment. Coben also manages to reinvigorate Myron’s love life in a way most acceptable to all of his friends. As I said, this is my favorite of the Bolitar series and I can only hope that Harlan Coben continues to find time to fit in the occasional Myron Bolitar book along with his stand alone books.

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About the Author:

Harlan CobenHarlan Coben was born in 1962 n Newark, New Jersey but was raised and schooled in Livingston, New Jersey. While at Amherst College, he belonged to the same fraternity as author Dan Brown and they remain good friends to this day. Coben was in his senior year at college when he realized he wanted to write. After graduating from Amherst College as a political science major, he worked in the travel industry, in a company owned by his grandfather.

His first book was accepted when he was twenty-six but after publishing two stand-alone thrillers in his twenties he decided on a change of direction and began a series featuring his character Myron Bolitar.

Coben has won an Edgar Award, a Shamus Award and an Anthony Award, and is the first writer to have received all three. He is also the first writer in more than a decade to be invited to write fiction for the New York Times op-ed page.

He lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.

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