Saturday, July 31, 2021

Book Review of WIN by Harlan Coben

Book Review of the Harlan Coben novel WIN

Best-selling author Harlan Coben has written 18 Non-series stand-alone suspense books, the latest of which is WIN. Coben is also well-known for his Myron Bolitar series. Throughout the Bolitar series, we follow the interaction between Myron and his best friend and 'side kick' in solving crimes, Windsor Horne Lockwood III - or Win. It wasn't until I began reading Coben's newest book WIN that I realized the story was about Myron's friend.


For the first time, we get the true inside story of Win. Myron Bolitar is not featured in this book, except for a few references about the two of them together.  Instead, for the first time, this book gives us the background on the Win we have known and loved throughout the Bolitar series.


Windsor Horne Lockwood III (Win) is an extremely wealthy man with impeccable taste and a personal approach to justice that too often lands him on the wrong side of the law.


Synopsis


When the FBI takes Win to a murder scene in the upper West Side apartment of a recluse, Win doesn't know why. Then he sees two objects there, a stolen Vermeer painting and a suitcase bearing the initials WHL3 - his initials


Win is baffled how his family heirlooms came to be in a dead man's apartment. All he knows is that they were stolen from Lockwood Manor over twenty years ago when his Uncle was murdered and his cousin Patricia was kidnapped. Even though Patricia escaped her captors, they were never apprehended, the murder of her father was never solved, and the stolen items were never recovered. 


Now the FBI reveals that the murder victim in the apartment was also the mastermind behind a notorious act of domestic terrorism. Win must figure out the connection between the two cases. 


Summary


WIN by Harlan Coben

A dead man's secrets lead our hero down a dangerous road in this thriller from the author of the Myron Bolitar series – where we first meet Win. Harlan Coben writes with wit and irony in each of his suspenseful outings . A master storyteller ~ always a delightful read.


Quick Links to more reviews of Harlan Coben:

  • Book Review of CAUGHT by Wednesday Elf
  • TV Series Review of THE STRANGER by Lou16 aka Louanne Cox
  • Book Review of WIN by Wednesday Elf


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15 comments:

  1. What a terrific idea to write a novel focused on Myron’s crime-solving sidekick! Even though thrillers generally aren’t my cup of tea, based on your excellent review I think I might quite enjoy this one.

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    1. Yes, it was really clever of Harlan Coben to change the direction of his focus on the main character of his Myron Bolitar series and give us, as readers, a chance to see who Win really is, the 'man behind the legend' so to speak.

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  2. This sounds very interesting. Another book to put on my to read list

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    1. I am in the process of re-reading my way through all my Harlan Coben books, Mary Beth, so was delighted to find this newest one and find it featured Win.

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  3. What a compelling review! You certainly made me want to read WIN and as you know, mystery is not my first genre choice. However, it easily takes second place and is a nice break from historical romance novels. WIN is definitely going on my reading list! Thank you for the recommendation.

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    1. Thank you, Sylvestermouse. After having been a fan of the Myron Bolitor series for several years, and enjoying Win's interaction with the main character, it was fun to finally have a story about Win and learn his 'backstory'.

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  4. I haven't read any of the Myron Bolitar series but I certainly loved The Stranger. Do you think this book would be good as a stand alone or should I wait until after reading the series (they are on my to read list)? It certainly sounds right up my alley :)

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    1. It is fine as a stand alone, Lou. But to get a really good overview of Win, you would enjoy him in his interactions with Myron Bolitar. I also have an inkling that Win may be the beginning of another series by Harlan Coben.

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  5. Another terrific book review thank you. I rely on this site to select books for my mother - many of you seem to have her taste in books. This is one I know she'll enjoy.

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    1. Your mom and I do indeed seem to both enjoy the same type of books, Barbara.

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  6. Murder, mayhem and mystery are a trio that I can't get enough of! This sounds like a winning book that should be on my To Be Read Soon pile. Thanks for a great review and adding to my list!

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  7. This sounds a very intriguing mystery. It sounds like it really develops the background and character of Win and has a good story line. Thank you for your review and recommendation!

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    1. It was a fun read, Jasmine. I enjoyed following Win throughout the whole Myron Bolitar series as a secondary character to Myron, so it was fun to learn more about Win in his own book. Clever of the author, Harlan Coben, to develop a secondary character into his own story.

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  8. Another compelling book review. I do love a good mystery and Have not read any of these. I must add this one to my list for sure.

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