Home by Harlan Coben

Myron Bolitar is back!! It has been 5 years since we got to hang out with Myron and Win as they quipped and joked their way through an investigation. This time Win calls on Myron for help in the 10 year old kidnapping of his then 6 year-old nephew. Win has a lead in London, and of course, things get sticky.

homeFor those who are new to Harlan Coben, he has this wonderful series with Myron, a sports agent of sorts who helps clients and friends out of problems – think Jack Reacher with a great sense of humor. Coben also has 15 stand-alone thrillers which are good, but his Myron Bolitar series is where he excels.

This series reminds me of Louise Penny’s Gamache series combined with Robert Parker’s original series staring Spenser. Like with Penny, you quickly grow to love the characters who come back time and again. Esperanza and Big Cyndi (female wrestlers and Myron partners) make an appearance in Home, as well as Myron’s mom, dad, and nephew Mickey who has his own 3-book YA series now by Coben. And then there is Win, Myron’s mega-rich college buddy who I would really want as a friend if I had problems. Or even if I didn’t!

I don’t want to give the impression that the books are light or silly. The story line is quite serious, but the characters are enjoyable and sassy like Parker’s Spenser and Hawk. This plot is well played out and challenging to fully guess how it will go. You could not ask for a better book in this genre.

Coben’s stand-alone thrillers are good, some really good, but he finds his true form with  Myron, Win and the rest of the cast. If you are new to the Bolitar series, which has 11 books in it now, you might want to start with Deal Breaker, his first from 1995. Lucky you!

My rating 5 of 5.

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2 thoughts on “Home by Harlan Coben

  1. Jan Cook October 22, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Thanks – I will look at them. Just read Jade Dragon Mountain and really liked it! I would like to give my sister a mystery for Christmas. She likes legal ones. Do you have any recommendations? I loved I Am Pilgrim! Is there anything else like this? Miss you. Hugs Jan

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  2. Pam October 22, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Some of my favorite legal mystery authors are Gianrico Carofiglio (Italian), David Ellis (mostly courtroom), Michael Nava (gay), CJ Sansom (King Henry VIII era) and David Rosenfelt (dogs). Terry Hayes’ I AM PILGRIM is my favorite book of the year….MGM bought the movie rights for the book and are set to target a series of films, similar to the Bond franchise. His second book, THE YEAR OF THE LOCUST, will be out in 2018. Hugs to you, Jan!

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