From the #1 bestselling author and creator of the hit Netflix series The Stranger comes a riveting new thriller, starring the new hero Windsor Horne Lockwood III – or Win, as he is known to his (few) friends …
Over twenty years ago, heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family's estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors, and the items stolen from her family were never recovered.
On New York's Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead not only on Patricia's kidnapping but also on another FBI cold case - with the suitcase and painting both pointing them towards one man.
Windsor Horne Lockwood III - or Win as his few friends call him - doesn't know how his suitcase and his family's stolen painting ended up in this dead man's apartment. But he's interested - especially when the FBI tell him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism, and that he may still be at large.
The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades. But Win has three things the FBI does not:: a personal connection to the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice ...
‘Coben never, ever lets you down’ LEE CHILD
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‘The modern master of the hook and twist’ DAN BROWN
‘One of the world’s finest thriller writers’ PETER JAMES
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Harlan Coben has to be one of my all time favourite authors. I've been reading fiction from him for years. Win didn't disappoint and it was good to read about Win in his own spin-off without Myron Bolitar. When a suitcase that has Win"s initials on turns up at a murder scene, Win is called in to help investigate under the radar, using his own vigelante detective skills. During the course of the investigation Win discovers some family secrets that they had hoped would remain a secret. A must read, keeps you hooked until the end.
Man, what can I say but Harlan Coben is just amazing. He always hits the nail on the head with his books - I genuinely love Coben as author; always so suspenseful and thrilling. I was hooked from the first chapter. A recluse, hoarder found dead in his apartment... and the rest is history! I couldn't recommend this book enough. I definitely will be buying this book so I have a physical copy. Thank you Harlan Coben and Netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC.
Warning - gushing review ahead! As a long time reader and fan of Harlan Coben novels, Win is a familiar character to me. I was so excited when I heard that there was going to be a book (and a series?? please a series!!) focusing on Win. I wanted to read this book with no interruptions and I managed to read it in a day. I really didn't want it to end, even as my eyes were struggling to stay open. If you have ever read any of the Myron Bolitar books you will know Win - Windsor Horne Lockwood III. Win is Myron's best friend, his right hand man who pushes the limits of the law. His name, his money and his reputation get him along way and gets him results. I wouldn't want to agree with him that is for sure. His family and Myron come first, loyal to a fault. He come across as rough and arrogant, but deep down he is insecure and troubled. Being from old money brings its share of problems as well, I absolutely loved getting to know more about him, and understanding a bit better why he is like he is. This is a case that is personal to Win. A recluse, hoarder, an old man is found murdered in his penthouse apartment in New York. Police ask Win to come to the crime scene as they have found something that belongs to his family - a painting that was stolen many years ago. As he starts to look into why and how this man had the artwork, he discovers links to another family event that has never been solved. The more he looks, the more somebody wants him to stop. The twists in this story were just fantastic. At no time did I guess what was going to happen next and the ending blew my mind . Harlan Coben is a master storyteller, his books are addictive and always leave you wanting more. That is why he is one of my all time favourite writers, and I will buy his books without reading the blurb. If you have never read a Coben book - why? You seriously need to amend that and get reading - there are so many fantastic books for you to catch up on. While Win is a character from the Myron books, this book can be read easily as a standalone. That being said, it will make you want to grab the other books. A massive thanks to Netgalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone, Century for approving my request for this early copy. Do yourself a favour and grab this book.
I love Harlan Coben and I love Win and I absolutely loved this book. I loved hearing more about one of my favourite characters and the story was mind blowing as always xx
This is the first time I have read one of the books from his Myron Bolitar series and I have only just realised what I must have missed. A hermit-like hoarder is discovered murdered in his exclusive penthouse and a priceless, stolen painting is displayed on the wall. The murder victim is soon linked not only to an art heist but to a terrorist incident years earlier, where there were several victims. The art work is owned by the wealthy Lockwood family and their son Win becomes involved in trying to discover the mystery of the original theft and tracing a second masterpiece which has not been recovered. The murder of his uncle and the abduction and abuse of his cousin also motive his search for justice. This was a fast paced, exciting story. I was gripped from the beginning and hooked until the ending, which was totally unexpected. At the end, everything came together perfectly, but I had not anticipated any of it. I would wholeheartedly recommend it.
I’m a huge fan of Harlan Coben’s work and Win is up there with the best. Win is short for Windsor Horne Lockwood lll and he is best known as the powerful, very rich and slightly sociopathic best friend of Myron Bolitar who has had a series of books written about him. I was thrilled to discover that this novel is written from Win’s perspective and was about his life. Twenty years ago Win’s cousin, Patricia, was kidnapped and her father was murdered. After some months she escaped her captors who were never identified. In the present day a recluse is murdered in his New York apartment. Amongst his belongings are a piece of artwork which was owned by the Lockwood family and a suitcase which belonged to Patricia. The cases have to be linked and Win, using his power, resources and connections beings to investigate. As he looks into the cases sub-plots being to emerge including five missing hippies, a vigilante bombing and an organised crime family seeking revenge. There’s a lot going on and Coben blends the action with all his usual skill. As the story develops Win is forced to confront some long held family secrets. Win has everything you would expect from a novel by this author; an artful plot, plenty of clever twists and turns, lots of action and smart narrative. Whilst Win has always been an intriguing character in previous novels, he has always lurked in the shadows, he now has the limelight all to himself and it was fascinating to learn more about his personality and, dare I say it, some of his insecurities. It’s a straight 5 stars from me. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book that focuses on Win, who is the best friend of Myron Bolitar in another series of Harlan Coben books. I was so excited to receive a free advanced reader copy of this not only because I absolutely love Harlan Coben books but because I love the character of Win and I was so excited to see him feature as a main character. First and foremost, this book has everything that you may have come to expect from a Harlan Coben novel, its got plenty of twists and turns, an unpredictable ending and lots of funny witty comments. More than that it’s nice to have an insight into Win’s innermost thoughts, his character is very grey which some people may not like or agree with but I find that there is something so inherently likeable about him, possible because it feels like even when he’s doing the wrong thing he’s doing it for the right reasons or possibly because his close relationships and loyalties redeem him for the darker sides to his personality. If this is the first book that you’re considering reading of Harlan Coben then it can be read as a stand-alone and if you’re already a fan then I highly recommend it just to be able to read more of Win. As always Harlan has written yet another brilliant book and I’m already excited for the next chapter of Win’s story!
An absolutely brilliant book, lots of twists and turns. The main character was one of those that I couldn’t decide whether I liked them or not, I really think Harlan Coben is such a fantastic writer, and he really gives his characters depth. I got to the point where I was going without sleep to read, so that’s when you know the book is a good one! Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to review this, I’m really glad I did.
When an unknown body is discovered in the Beresford, an apartment building on eighty-first street, Windsor Horne Lockwood III known to his friends and associates as Win, is asked to accompany some officers to the crime scene. Having never been to the Beresford, Win has no idea what he’s doing there, that is until his family’s stolen piece of art, the girl at the piano by Johannes Vermeer is found at the unknown mans disheveled home along with a suitcase that had been made for Win and has his initials on it. Unfortunately this particular suitcase was given to another family member and he’d not seen it in years. Win is perplexed and after speaking to a long time friend and associate who once worked for the FBI the murdered man is identified and that is where things become more twisted and complicated. Win has a lot of work ahead of him and it may not be as simple as it first seems. This is the first book I’ve read by Harlan Coben although I have had the pleasure of watching some of his work that has been televised. I’ve been wanting to read his books for a while and what a book to start with. It was absolutely amazing. From the get go you are drawn in to Wins world and his story. No part of it is ever as it seems and there are so many twists and turns you are constantly kept thinking and wondering where things will go next. It goes into so much detail, and everything in the story is believable and at the same time unbelievable. What a book. Another of my favourites this year. What a privilege to get to read it before it’s release.
And boom! Cohen's back with a bang. From the first paragraph your hooked and gripped. At the end of every chapter you are so on edge you just have to read another! Very fast paced, tense and exceptionally gripping. Cohen's style of writing and the American story telling along with the engaging writing engineers a heart pulsating rollercoaster of a story. Told in 1st person, you really feel part of the journey. Each new chapter steering you to wanting to know more and understand where the story goes. Which so many twists anx burning need to have questions answers you just have to keep reading. Read in the space of just 24 hours, this is Coben at his best. Following the resurfacing of a family painting, questions arise as to who had these family belongings and painting and why. Intwined with a link to a past event of a family kinnapping is there links to the resurfacing of family heir looms? So intricately told with action, tension and dramatics it is yet another outstanding one from the great Coben. The language and style is chatty and engaging making you feel as if you actually have a conversation with Win. Linking past characters and other books spurs the story on and help develop this three dimensional character. Overall it's a nitty gritty fast paced win-win again!
A book by the master of this genre is something to be savoured, every page lingered over as if viewing a masterpiece. Why therefore does the reader feel a compulsion to race ahead greedy for more: simply because authors such as Harlan Coben make every word of every page an exquisite joy, events unfolding in a tangled mystery of unrelated characters and facts that only his complex protagonist, Win will have the ability to decipher. and solve. A group of well intentioned students in the seventies orchestrate a demonstration which not only does not go to plan but causes the death of innocent victims. Decades later a recluse is found murdered in a wealthy apartment. Links are found in the apartment to the murder of a male from a wealthy family and abduction of his teenage daughter , a cold case that was never solved. And if this was not sufficient to satisfy his harshest critic, the author gradually allows us access to the background and family circumstances that became the very essence and foundations of this amazing protagonist as complex and multilayered as the thrilling mystery we devour unfolding on each page. To review a Harlan Coben is an impossible task as superlatives fail to do justice to the book or author. I cannot find the words to thank author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to savour yet another best seller from this fictional genius.
Harlan Coben is still on the top of his game. This novel starring Windsor Lockwood III is a fast-paced thriller of a mystery. The intricate plot unfolds at just the right rate to keep it all making sense. I’m a big Myron Bolitar fan, and having Win step out as the lead character was a treat. Super well-written first person POV that paints Win’s character to perfection. The first book I’ve read in a while that I read nearly straight through. Well done.
I have read all of Harlan Coben’s previous books so I’m no stranger to Win. This book allowed you to get a more rounded view of him. He’s the guy you want on your side. A steadfast friend , a relentless enemy. It’s fast paced with many twists and turns, you know what’s happened al those years ago. You’re wrong.! I couldn’t put this book down and read it far to quickly. As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to read it again but slower. Thank you for the opportunity to read this #Netgalley. #Harlon Coban #Win