In his mysteries -- many of which star sports agent Myron Bolitar -- Harlan Coben leavens the intrigue with a surprise ingredient: humor. The result: books as fun to read as they are to solve, with distinct and colorful characters the reader is always happy to visit with, again and again. "What's key about the form of crime fiction is, I have to tell a story," Coben explains in our interview. "It compels you to keep the pages moving. I don't get lost in the beauty of my own words, or the bliss of my own genius. I always stay on track to make you turn the pages."