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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752867830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752867830
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:

Deal Breaker
Drop Shot
Fade Away
Back Spin
One False Move
The Final Detail
Darkest Fear
Promise Me
Long Lost

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Like Harlan Coben's other recent novels of suspense, The Innocent starts in the green suburbs of New Jersey and takes us off into the dark heart of the secrets and lies that often lie at the centre of American life. Matt has rebuilt his life after a brawl that left him serving four years hard time for manslaughter. He has clawed back some of the dreams of his young manhood--in particular, Olivia, the girl he met once, dreamed of and then found again. Now someone is sending him phone images of Olivia, in a blonde wig, with another man... Local cop Loren is trying to find out who smothered a teacher at the local convent, and why the dead nun had breast implants; over-the-hill stripper Kimmy is visited by the daughter of a long-dead friend...

This is a plot as well constructed as a good watch, yet as unpredictable as a fairground ride, but what gives Coben's books their unique quality is the fact that his writing always has heart. We care about even the most minor and venal of his characters, because Coben knows that often, what divides heroism from crime is the consequences of one bad day. ---Roz Kaveney


"Harlan Coben always has a good tale to tell, and he knows how to present it with elegance, pace and loads of tension." (Matthew Lewin THE GUARDIAN)

"The enjoyably intricate plot takes several turns before we are fooled for the last time and the villains and motive are revealed. A book to read in one gulp." (Susanna Yager THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

"A typically brilliant offering from Harlan Coben, with the storyline gripping you from the first line... another excellent thriller that you will be unable to put down. Highly recommended. Absolutely vintage Harlan Coben." (

"This is familiar Coben territory -- dark, twisted and gripping." (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL, 22 April)

"Unpretentious fun." (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 18 June)

"Another smash hit" (Janet Devlin THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 23 April)

"A narrative that springs a non-stop series of surprises on the reader and scabrously witty dialogue.." (Barry Forshaw DAILY EXPRESS, 3 June)

"Coben's forte is the creation of complex plots, peopled with characters that the reader likes and identifies with. He has a great talent for keeping the reader guessing as to what is really going on -- and turning the pages to find out." (DEADLY PLEASURES, Spring 2005)

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2005
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I had never heard of Harlen Coben until this book was recommended to my by the Amazon "I will sell you stuff" recommendation system. What I found was a well written, entertaining, riviting and thoroughly gripping book. Now that's high praise from me as I'm not a big fan of crime fiction, but I really enjoyed the structure of the book. It may be that I'm new to Coben's style of writing but I liked the way that multiple interlocking story lines were played out in real time in the book and I liked the characterisation that he gave to the characters. I had worked out quite a few of the plot lines before they were laid out bare for us, but that doesn't destract from the quality of the story telling (surely the author should scatter clues throughout the novel and if you pick enough of them up then you should be able to work out where the plat is going). There we several twists in the story and a breathless finish....
Now that I have discovered Coben, unfortuanately for my bank balance, I am going to have to get some more!
I really enjoyed this 9/10
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DevJohn01 on 10 Feb. 2006
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I think that it is safe to say that Harlan Coben is one of the best suspense writers of our time, and obviously as a winner of the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony awards I am not the only one who thinks so. In his latest novel `THE INNOCENT' we are introduced to Matthew Hunter a man who, because of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, spent four years of his life in a maximum-security prison for murder. Nine years later he is happily married to a beautiful woman named Olivia and they are expecting their first child. Finally Matt is beginning to let go of his past and look forward to his future with Olivia until he receives pictures on his camera phone that are meant to lead him to believe that his wife is having an affair. But as we know with any book written by Coben things aren't always what they seem. As Matt searches for clues as to why these pictures of his wife in a hotel room with another man were sent to him his life begins to spiral out of control and his past mistakes as well as the mistakes of others come back to haunt him. Because once you are an ex-con no one ever looks at you the same and as the body count begins to rise all suspicions are directed toward one Matthew Hunter.
`THE INNOCENT' is non-stop action and will have you turning the pages so quickly your fingers will burn. Every character is strong and well developed and the story is thoroughly engrossing. So you may be wondering why with all of this high praise did I only give it 4 stars? Well, while I knew to expect Coben's signature twist at the end, I thought that maybe there was just one twist to many in this ending. Just as in Coben's previous thriller `JUST ONE LOOK' I thought that the ending got a little complicated, but overall I loved this book just as I do all books Harlan Coben. I am sure that you will not be disappointed with this latest by Coben whether you are a long time fan or a first time reader, 4 ½ stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clarence T. Henry on 24 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
Matt Hunter went to prison nine years ago after a brawl at a frat party that went bad. Now an ex-con, he lives in New Jersey with his newly pregnant wife. After she leaves on a short business trip, he gets a call on his cell phone from his wife. It's a picture of a man waving at him. Then a minute later, he receives another call. This time, it's video footage of a woman who looks like his wife in a blonde wig sitting on a hotel bed. Is his wife cheating on him? She won't return his calls, and then he notices someone is following him. Thus begins an outstanding thriller. It's fast pace never lets up, and the reader is always caught off guard. Revelation after revelation and you're still stunned. But, as with all Harlan Coben thrillers, it all fits nicely into place in the end. This is truly one of the best thrillers I've read. It's right up there with my favorite thriller of all: Coben's "Tell No One." Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Clark on 26 Feb. 2010
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I am a big fan of Harlan Coben and this adventure was no exception to the rule.
A fascinating story which intertwined a number of different strands together in a hugely engaging way.
It's about a guy called Matt Hunter, whose life was ruined by an incident in his 20's when got into a fight outside a party and accidentally killed someone.
He ended up spending 4 years in jail which, hardly suprisingly, changed him enormously.
When he got out of jail he got a job in a law firm where his highly successful brother worked.
He also married a beautiful woman called Olivia who we discover has become pregnant.
On a seemingly innocent (pardon the pun) decsion to buy matching camera phones Matt receives a strange video message on his phone and realises that something is very wrong.
He hires a spunky PI (a known associate) to help and they discover that an ex-con on his tail.
Then a number of seemingly unconnected events occur.
The death of a nun in a nearby convent which at first looks perfectly innocent appears to be the result of murder.
However circumstances seem to connect her to Matt, who had no known association with her at all.
The police start to piece bits of evidence together and keep tabs on Matt.
Loren Muse is one of them who has featured in other Coben books such as The Woods.
Suddenly his wife, who is alledegly on a business trip, is nowhere to be found not least where she says she's supposed to be.
And then someone seems to be following him, harassing him - threatening his new-found life and happiness.
What Matt doesn't know is that he is indirectly tied to events that occurred almost a decade ago.
The connection is one that neither he nor the reader will ever suspect.
All in all this book keeps you riveted until the very end and the result does not disappoint.
I have only two more of his books to read so I hope Harlan will up his output in future!
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