Harlan Coben

Bestselling American thriller writer

Harlan Coben

Biography

Date of birth: 04 January 1962

Harlan Coben was born and brought up in New Jersey. He graduated from Amherst College, where he majored in political science, after which he went to work for his grandfather's travel company.

While still at university, Coben realised he wanted to write for a living. His first book was accepted when he was 26. After publishing two stand-alone thrillers in his twenties he began a series featuring Myron Bolitar, a former basketball player turned sports agent who finds himself investigating murders involving his clients.

In 2001 he released his first stand-alone thriller since the creation of the Myron Bolitar series in 1995, Tell No One. In 2006 it was filmed in France with Francois Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Coben lives in New Jersey with his wife and their four children.

Book and writing awards

Anthony Award 1996 (Deal Breaker), Edgar Award Best Paperback original 1997 (Fade Away), Barry Award 1998 (Back Spin) and RBA Interational Prize for Crim e Writing 2010 (Live Wire).

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George Pelecanos, Robert Crais and Ian Rankin.

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Missing You

Missing You

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It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her....
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Six Years (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 27/02/2014
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Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing... Read more

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Stay Close

Stay Close (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 14/03/2013
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A suburban wife and mother of two - with a dark and dangerous past. A promising photographer who now panders to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. A... Read more

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Caught

Caught (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 01/02/2011
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Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid never gave her parents a moment's worry. Until one morning her mother wakes to find that Haley didn't come... Read more

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Hold Tight

Hold Tight (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 08/01/2009
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Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has... Read more

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The Woods

The Woods (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 11/06/2009
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Paul Copeland's sister went missing twenty years ago. Now raising a daughter alone, Cope balances family life with a career as a prosecutor. But... Read more

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The Innocent

The Innocent (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 19/03/2009
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Matt Hunter's life has already been blown apart once. A fight, a friend in trouble, and the dull crack of someone's skull on the concrete... Read more

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No Second Chance

No Second Chance (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 19/03/2009
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Marc Seidman's idyllic world is brutally ripped apart when he is gunned down in his home. Twelve days later he wakes up in hospital to learn... Read more

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Gone for Good

Gone for Good (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 11/06/2009
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On October 17, eleven years ago, Julie Miller was found brutally strangled in the basement of her house in the township of Livingston, New Jersey.... Read more

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Tell No One

Tell No One (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 28/05/2009
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Eight years ago David Beck was knocked unconscious and left for dead, and his wife Elizabeth was kidnapped and murdered. Dr Beck re-lived the horror... Read more

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Miracle Cure (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 09/06/2011
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Coben's second novel - now back in print. They were looking for a miracle cure ...Sara and Michael. The ideal celebrity couple, darlings of the... Read more

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Play Dead

Play Dead (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 24/06/2010
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Ex fashion model and successful business woman Laura Ayars' perfect world is shattered at a time which should have been the happiest of her... Read more

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Seconds Away

Seconds Away (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 15/08/2013
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When tragedy strikes close to home, teenager Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the ever-charming Spoon - find... Read more

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Shelter

Shelter (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 21/06/2012
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When tragic events tear him away from his parents, 15-year-old Mickey Bolitar is sent to live with his estranged uncle, Myron. For a while, it seems... Read more

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Live Wire

Live Wire (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 05/01/2012
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A beautiful woman walking into Myron Bolitar's office asking for help should have been a dream come true. Only this woman, Suzze T, is in tears... Read more

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Long Lost

Long Lost (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 07/11/2013
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Myron is summoned to Paris at the behest of an old lover, Terese. She is in unspecified trouble and needs his help. When he gets there, he discovers... Read more

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Promise Me

Promise Me (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 19/03/2009
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The 2am phone call is from a young, frightened, lost girl who has called the one adult who had promised to help her if she ever got into any... Read more


Darkest Fear

Darkest Fear (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 07/11/2013
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Life isn't going well for Myron Bolitar. His business is struggling, and his father, recently recovered from a heart attack, is facing his own... Read more

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The Final Detail

The Final Detail (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 14/05/2009
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Myron screwed up. His job was to protect someone. He fell in love with that someone and then she died. End of story. So he's dropped out, left,... Read more


One False Move

One False Move (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 11/06/2009
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Myron Bolitar might have a slightly dubious past, but he knows how to handle himself and is doing just fine as a sports agent. And then he meets... Read more

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Back Spin

Back Spin (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 14/05/2009
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The boy was born and raised on the Main Line. But he vanished on Philadelphia's mean streets - last seen in a down-town cheater's hotel. For... Read more

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Fade Away

Fade Away (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 14/05/2009
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Myron Bolitar once had a promising career as a sportsman, until an accident forced him to quit. After a spell in the FBI he now runs his own... Read more

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Drop Shot

Drop Shot (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 14/05/2009
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The young woman was shot dead in cold blood, dropped outside the stadium, in front of a stand selling Moet for $7.50 a glass. Once her tennis career... Read more

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Deal Breaker

Deal Breaker (Paperback)

by Harlan Coben

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 25/06/2009
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Investigator and sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's... Read more

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