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Book Review

by Harlan Coben

Category:  Mystery

Average Rating:  4.0

This thrilling story shows what happens when a dead man's secrets fall into the hands of a vigilante antihero -- drawing him down a dangerous road.

Over twenty years ago, the 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.

Until now. On the 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 toward 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 with a dead man. But his interest is piqued, especially when the FBI tells him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism - and that the conspirators may still be at large. The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades, but Win has three things the FBI doesn't: a personal connection to the case; an ungodly fortune; and his own unique brand of justice.


[2021-04-05 14:24:23]

Rating:  4

There's much to like about Win, but overall, he's not a very likable character. It's refreshing to see Win's attitude about sex and religion portrayed in a protagonist, and I like that his self-evaluation is honest, but his arrogance and sense of entitlement are definite turn-offs.

Perhaps there aren't as many surprising twists as in some Coben novels, but the mystery is engaging and suspenseful. Unfortunately, as too many novels in this genre exhibit, serious injuries heal too quickly to be believable.

Steven Weber's excellent performance makes this a great listen.

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