Long Lost (Myron Bolitar Series #9)

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"Myron Bolitar hasn't heard from Terese Collins since their torrid affair ended ten years ago, so her desperate phone call from Paris catches him completely off guard. In a shattering admission, Terese reveals the tragic story behind her disappearance - her struggles to get pregnant, the greatest moment of her life when her baby was born...and the fatal accident that robbed her of it all: her marriage, her happiness, and her beloved only daughter." "Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband in Paris, Terese has nowhere else to turn for help.
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"Myron Bolitar hasn't heard from Terese Collins since their torrid affair ended ten years ago, so her desperate phone call from Paris catches him completely off guard. In a shattering admission, Terese reveals the tragic story behind her disappearance - her struggles to get pregnant, the greatest moment of her life when her baby was born...and the fatal accident that robbed her of it all: her marriage, her happiness, and her beloved only daughter." "Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband in Paris, Terese has nowhere else to turn for help. Myron heeds the call. But then a startling piece of evidence turns the entire case upside down, laying bare Terese's long-buried family secrets...and the very real possibility that her daughter may still be alive." In grave danger from unknown assailants in a country where nothing is as it seems, Myron and Terese race to stay a step ahead of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Mossad. Soon they are working at breakneck pace not only to learn what really happened to Terese's long-lost little girl - but to uncover a sinister plot with shocking global implications.
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When ex-girlfriend Terese Collins pops back into Myron Bolitar's life, the least of his problems is reliving their brief fling. Instead, he is confronted with a bizarre story about Terese's pregnancy, marriage, divorce, and a planned meeting in Paris that ends with murder. Before he can say "déjà vu," he and Terese are running frantically, trying to keep a half step ahead of Homeland Security while simultaneously piecing together the bloody puzzle.
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Crime-stopper extraordinaire Myron Bolitar returns in this rousing thriller by bestseller Coben. This time around, Bolitar heads to Paris to heed the distress call from his former lover, Terese Collins, whom he hasn't seen in more than 10 years. She has since lived out her dream of marrying and starting a family, but her perfect life has been shattered, and Bolitar must pick up the pieces. Steven Weber gives an inspired, well-crafted reading that elevates Bolitar from flat, one-dimensionality to a flawed and fully believable character. Weber's other characterizations are equally original; he is interested and invested in the story from the get-go. A Dutton hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 2). (May)
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Agent Myron Bolitar returns in a case as twisty and ambitious as Coben's highly successful stand-alones (Hold Tight, 2008, etc.). It's been almost ten years since Myron last saw one-time news anchor Terese Collins in The Final Detail (1999). But that doesn't prevent her from emerging from seclusion in Angola to invite him for a weekend in Paris. Romance isn't all she has in mind, she confesses when Myron joins her. Her ex-husband Rick, a CNN investigative reporter, summoned her to the City of Lights because he had something desperately important to tell her. Before he can share his news, he's killed, and the blood found on the scene includes some that matches the DNA of his daughter Miriam-which would be a shocking development even if Miriam hadn't been killed in a car accident ten years ago. At least now Myron has a hint as to what Rick wanted to tell his ex. And that's nice, because the mystery of the dead girl's blood rapidly balloons to involve Interpol, the FBI and a notorious international terrorist. As usual, Coben piles on the complications with a generous hand-here's the fertility clinic that helped Terese get pregnant, there's the adoption agency Rick was investigating, and let's not forget the jurisdictional squabbles between different law-enforcement agencies. Fans are strongly advised to leave plenty of time to plow through the case at one sitting, as any delay would be fatal to the suspension of disbelief it demands. On the other hand, those few hours will leave the easy chair smoking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455853786
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Myron Bolitar Series , #9
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben is the bestselling author of eighteen novels, including The Woods, Promise Me, and The Innocent, and is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

Biography

Harlan Coben may be the only mystery writer to have inspired the dubious endorsement, "Raymond Chandler meets Bridget Jones" (as the Chicago Tribune wrote about Darkest Fear). But it's not hard to see what the critic means: Coben knows how to create a good chase, but he is also adept at generating laughs along the way. His books often start with a few pieces of bad news and end with the closet door flung open to reveal a few skeletons.

Debuting in 1995, the series that cemented Coben's reputation revolves around Myron Bolitar, a wisecracking sports agent who always finds himself getting into trouble, via his clients or his own past. What's endearing about these books is Coben's willingness to have fun as he spins a story. He might poke fun the yuppie wardrobe of Bolitar's partner, Win, or his gal Friday (and sometime female wrestler), Big Cyndi's, tendency to wear "more makeup than the cast of Cats." There's a slight boys' club air to the series, but it's more frat house than locker room -- or more appropriately, rec room, since Bolitar finds himself still living at his parents' in his early 30s.

Sports-averse readers should not avoid the Bolitar books; in the end, sports play only a peripheral role in the story, which is primarily about the mystery. Given this, it's not surprising that Coben has called William Goldman's Marathon Man one of his favorite thrillers and has cited Philip Roth and Alfred Hitchcock as influences.

And yes, there's certainly life beyond Bolitar! Coben has crafted a number of superb stand-alone thrillers filled with tortuous twists and turns and peopled with characters you can't help but root for. In a 2001 interview, the author stated, "I love a book that sneaks up behind you at the end and slaps you in the back of the head." Ultimately, that describes everything in Harlan Coben's oeuvre.

Good To Know

Coben has four children with wife Anne, his sweetheart since age 20.

Coben advises aspiring writers thusly: "Write. Don't take classes. Don't join workshops. Don't listen to me," he told the Charlotte Austin Review. "Just write. Oh, and cut. Cut a lot. You're probably not editing yourself enough. Then rewrite. Then rewrite again. Repeat. Like with shampooing."

Coben says his mother was his best literary inspiration in an interview with the Page One literary newsletter. "We'd go to the old Barnes & Noble in Manhattan (back then, if you can believe this, I think there was only one) and spend the entire day. We didn't have much money back then and we almost never bought toys -- but we were always allowed to get whatever books we wanted."

In our interview, Coben shared more fun facts:

"I once worked as a tour guide in the Costa del Sol of Spain."

"I pretty much only wear Lilly Pulitzer ties because my best friend owns the company."

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    1. Hometown:
      Ridgewood, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 4, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Amherst College, 1984
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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Long Lost but Not the Best

    I love Myron's character and the whole cast of characters, but this was not the Coben with heart and enthusiasm that I loved so much in the previous Myron novels. It is good, but not great. It seems that the long wait was because Coben has lost a connection with Myron. Is Myron too old, too stayed to really be out fighting the evils of the world, or is he becoming a lot like Lucas Davenport just old hat to the writer who wants to move on? I liked the novel but it was slow and somewhat unbelievable. Harlan, I see you in Myron, and maybe you need to liven up your life?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    Harlan Coben kept me up all night

    I should know better than to start a Harlan Coben book ten minutes before the World Series game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. Thinking I could start Long Lost and then put the book down while I watched the game was foolish.

    Once Coben gets his hooks into you, you're stuck. His tightly crafted story keeps you turning the pages until you finish the book and realize that not only has three hours flown by, but so has the baseball game.

    But during those three hours, the reader is captivated. Long Lost is the newest entry in Coben's Myron Bolitar series, but if you haven't read any of his other Myron books, you will still be able to enjoy the story without being lost.

    Bolitar is a sports/entertainment agent in New York City. He receives a phone call from a woman he had a torrid affair with ten years ago, asking him to join her in Paris. Although memories might make any man run for the first available flight, Myron is involved with a single mom who lost her husband in 9/11.

    Myron and his loyal best friend/multimillionaire Win (think Bruce Wayne/Batman) are forced into a fight with a bully of a middle school basketball coach (anyone who has ever been involved in youth athletics will recognize the type). The coach humiliated Myron's girlfriend's son in front of a gym full of people, and when Myron calls him out on it, violence follows.

    Myron's girlfriend tells him that she is moving to Arizona, and when word comes down that the coach and his buddies are cops and Myron and Win could be in serious legal trouble for the beating they gave them, Myron decides that a trip to Paris is a good idea.

    Nothing is ever easy in Myron's life, so naturally his trip to Paris is fraught with danger. Terese, his long lost love, has brought him to Paris to help her find her ex-husband, whom she believes is in trouble.

    Terese's ex-husband is murdered, and she becomes a suspect. While Myron tries to help her clear her name, he runs afoul of Paris law enforcement, and somehow Homeland Security, Israeli Mossad, and Interpol become involved. Add in some weird kind of cult, genetic disease, and the possibility that Terese's daughter whom she believed she killed in a car crash years ago may still be alive, and you've got yourself a barn burner of a story.

    The great thing about Coben's books is that you never know where he is taking you. You can try to figure out where it is all going, but he always manages to surprise the reader in the end. You find yourself literally holding your breath as you read, and when you get to the end, you can finally let it out. Sometimes I'm surprised that I don't pass out from lack of oxygen before I finish reading.

    His characters are well drawn, and Myron is one of the classic good guys in comtemporary fiction. His relationship with his parents is touching, and he and Win make one of the best buddy teams around.

    One section of the book particularly interested me- Myron makes a visit to a doctor at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center in New York, and I was so excited when I read that because my husband has a connection to the center. It was such a cool shout-out!

    I give Long Lost my highest recommendation. If you are looking a thriller with terrific characters, a fun sense of humor (his one-liners are hysterical)and one that will keep you turning the pages, pick this one up. Then get busy with the rest of the Myron Bolitar novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    far-fetched

    This book was like marshmellow fluff. Mr. Coben's books are usually thrillers that you do not want to put down. This book was a struggle to finish. Mr. Coben is capable of much better, this was one of his worst books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    exciting but not memorable

    I will continue to read Cobin's books because it is like James Patterson - easy read without troubling the mind

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

    Form Over Substance

    Harlan Coben remains one of my favorite authors. While his books are usually about someone thought long gone who suddenly reappears, his writing ability, pace and plot twists make for exciting reads. Long Lost shares the issue of the "found again" person and the pace of this novel keeps one on the edge of their seat. But the plot is weak, the supporting characters peculiar and unlikable, and the premise underlying this work is unbelievable while being trite at the same time. The book is elevated by his writing style while simultaneously being eroded by the story. If one can believe the premise then I have some land in Florida I would like to discuss with you. It reminded me of the last Lee Childs (Jack Reacher) novel in its attempting to jump on the bandwagon of modern day issues without the foggiest notion of how those things play out. Its like someone supporting a politician without having a clue what the politician stands for. Coben has done better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    This book was a waste of money!

    I have read all of Coben's books and have liked them all. This one was horrible. A total waste of my money. The plot was unbelievable and the usually crisp dialogue was absent. The best part of the Myron books has always been the relationship between Myron, Winn and Esperanza. Well that is totally missing in this book.
    I bought the audio edition and the reader was even worse than HORRIBLE if that is possible. What happened to Jonathon Mayrose??? I'd bet he read the book and refused to read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Myron needs to find new friends.

    I usually enjoy Myron Bolitar plots, but the woman character was crazy. The entire book was off center and had a very strange ending. I still don't know if the girl was hers. Did Myron stay with her? Who knows?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    A decent read, but...

    Harlen Coben is one of my favorite authors. Ever since being turned on to him a few years ago, I've read almost all he's written. This is a good book, but the plot twists just seemed a little unbelievable to me. The first two thirds of the book moved at a rocket pace. The last third seemed to crawl with a somewhat anti-climatic ending. Still, it was an enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    Very exciting, non-stop thrill

    I have never read anything by this author before, but I am very impressed and would definitely purchase other works by him. The entire book was well written, with good characters, and kept you wanting to know more. The action starts out early in the book and just keeps going until the last few pages. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves thrills, murder, and mystery!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

    Disappointing

    I've been a big fan of Harlan Coben for years and haven't read anything by him that I didn't like until Long Lost. It's probably natural for a series to start to seem a bit repetitive and formulaic, but this book just seems like a lazy effort. A throwaway story with a kernel of cleverness in the plot. Reads like a mediocre episode of CSI. Nothing here I haven't seen before and not as fun as all the other Bolitar books. Coben's luster has faded a bit on this one, but will hope for a strong bounce back.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Okay,not great

    Major switch from the style of all the other Bolitar novels. International intrigue, a little far fetched. Still an ok read, but I miss the old Bolitar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Terrible

    Do not get this book!!! It is a waste of your money!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    O Its a really good book for people who like action and a little crime

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    excellent!

    Loved it - Myron Bolitar (and Harlan Coben) Rocks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Amazingg

    Best book yet (after caught)! Definitely recommend. Keeps you turning pages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Good Read!

    I really liked this story, but what I found to be quite chilling is this is something that could happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Great read

    Loved this book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    he is one my favorite authors-great

    read for pleasure-got it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Another great Myron Bolitar novel.

    Any of my favorite author's books are are great way to pass the time.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Not Coben's Best

    I have long been a big fan of Harlan Coben, with both his stand-alone novels and his Myron Bolitar series. While still an enjoyable read, Long Lost is far from Coben's best work. Some things were lacking for me, such as the usual banter between Myron and his best friend Win. The plot was a little over the top and at times stretched my ability to believe. In an attempt to create mystery and suspense, the story often lingered in a foggy mist that was more irritating than interesting.

    That being said, this is a quick, entertaining read that will appeal to many Harlan Coben fans. If you have yet to read a book from the Myron Bolitar series, I would not recommend starting with this one.

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