Win Book Review

Win Book Review

Title: Win
Author: Harlan Coben
Published: March 16, 2021, Grand Central Publishing
No. of Pages: 384
Cover Price: $29.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Win is Harlan Coben’s latest, and the protagonist is Windsor Horne Lockwood III, a character most Coben fans are familiar with from the bestselling Myron Bolitar series. Win is rich, very rich, as well as narcissistic, entitled, and selfish, and while there is a mystery to solve in this fast-moving, fun novel, it seems to be a satire on moneyed people and the way their norms and lack of morals are different from most of us. Win’s cousin, Patricia Lockwood, was abducted many years prior, and some of the family’s priceless paintings were stolen. Although Patricia escaped her captors, the case was never solved and the paintings were never recovered. Win is called to a scene where a recluse has been found dead and one of those stolen paintings is in his apartment along with a suitcase that once belonged to Win. Win has plenty of contacts, and works with the police to delve into the recluse’s death, Patricia’s kidnapping, and the theft of the paintings.

One of the trademarks of Harlan Coben novels is the dry humor, and this novel has plenty. In fact, even though it is a viable thriller with a mystery to solve, readers will find themselves smiling throughout. The characters are extremely well-developed – Coben is a master – and whether they be good or bad, readers will have no doubt about their personalities. They absolutely seem real.

Coben’s storytelling genius is also evident in this novel. No one gets bored or confused when reading a Coben novel. It may be that this is a new series about Win, and if it is, Coben fans will be lining up for the next installment. There is also plenty of building suspense, albeit humorous suspense, which makes for good reading.

Any thriller fan who has a sense of humor or appreciates a sense of humor will enjoy this novel. Coben has outdone himself again, and will remain one of America’s favorite novelists for millions of thriller fans. You can’t go wrong with Harlan Coben and this fun, fast-moving novel.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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