“For years, readers of American crime thrillers have been rating Harlan Coben as one of the most sheerly entertaining and accomplished writers in the genre.”



Do you remember Bookers book stores? I say stores not shops because of the sheer size their places. Well, at one time they were selling huge three book volumes which contained books of just one writer, Coben was one of those writers that I had bought then.

It’s been some time now since I last read one of his books, and I have to say that I enjoyed this, even if Win didn’t get to kick someone half to death in this one.

In this one we have Myron Bolitar who’s past catches up with him when he is approached by an old girlfriend who wants him to find a bone marrow donor who has disappeared. The reason for the hunt is because of a 13-year-old boy who needs that bone marrow transplant to save his life. During the hunt Myron runs slap bang into a family who guards their privacy fiercely, and gets involved in an FBI investigation too. The feds are looking into a kidnapper who kills his victims as soon as they are taken, but strings their families along and taunts them over several years. Also thrown into the mix is a case of plagiarism committed by a journalist who is disgraced by his act of theft.

So how do all these threads come together then? Well, that’s what the story is all about and it rattles along for 338 pages of easy reading, always a plus for me. But now for a shameless plug …

The bone marrow register is vital for people up and down the country and I would ask everyone who reads this join the register. But not just that register, do the same with organ donations. Jan and I are on that one and carry a donor card, and even have a tattoo of it too. We have both tried to give blood too at various times and have always been turned away because of various medical problems and medications. So come on and join in folks … and don’t forget to read Coben’s book.


Reviewed by:

Ron Clark

Added 8th November 2017

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