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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, [2021]
Edition: Large print edition, first edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY COB
Characteristics: 469 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
large print
ISBN: 9781538706411


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May 09, 2021

I feel like this book is a by product of a bet he made- and we lost. Win is a presence in the Myron Bolitar books, but is best take in small doses. Corben seems to have wearied over the Bolitar novels so perhaps his muses told him to write about Win and only mention Bolitar in passing. To amuse himself, Corben must have decided to create the mos repulsive protagonist he could conjure up. Win has no socially redeeming values, his deeds and actions are deliberately cruel or violent.

The result of this bet is a Harlan Corben story that suffers from that conceit. Even the plot as it develops is telegraphed so the reader figures the twists and turns out pretty quickly, and there is no surprise at the ending.

May 02, 2021

I have read most of Harlan Coben's books, but I could not read beyond the first 70 pages. Very disappointed with the content. I wanted a good mystery and waited a long time for it. It started out as usual setting the scenes and characters. Then it got very sordid with his personal life and psychotic behavior. I returned it.

Apr 24, 2021

I haved loved all his books and was really looking forward to reading Win but it was a struggle. Too many characters to remember who was who. After getting through three quarters of the book I jumped to the final two chapters to end the story. It may be someone elses challenge but it was too intense for me.

Apr 16, 2021

I have always been a great fan of Harlan Coban but this one doesn't come close to what I
have been accustomed to read. He totally missed the mark with this one. I loved all of the other books he has done but I think this time that he ran out of an interesting story. Maybe he will get back on track with his next book.

Apr 13, 2021

I loved this book from the beginning to the end. For the 142 people who are waiting to read this will not be disappointed. Enjoy.

Apr 12, 2021

Excellent book!!! It's a must read so don't read the comments below and spoil the story. You will not be able to put this one down. Enjoy!!!!

Apr 11, 2021

From the very first pages of Harlan Coben's first book, I was hooked. Same every book since then including this one, WIN. No spoilers from me. This book has a great story line and a ton of characters, none of whom you really know about for sure until the end. The main character, Win, is used brilliantly by Coben to shine a light on certain social issues and to do so in a very deliberative way that comments on the way things are around us, without messing up the fictional story he is telling. Can't wait of Coben's next one.

Apr 09, 2021

in the annals of detective fiction, elvis cole had joe pike, spenser had hawk, and myron bolitar had windsor horne lockwood III, the yin to the protagonists' yang, the darker side that doesn't follow rules but still is on the side of justice.
win gives a back story and family to the mysterious best friend of myron bolitar. i wish i remembered the more recent books before i read this one.

Apr 09, 2021

First Harlan Coben novel that I have ever read. Good plot, fast beach-y read. Totally unlikeable main character.

Apr 07, 2021

Harlen Coben is back, with his best thriller in quite a while. Win is Windsor Thorne Lockwood, III, a very, very wealthy guy from a very very wealthy, old-money family, and was previously best known as the side-kick/financial advisor-consultant/lethal weapon of his best friend, Myron Bolitar. Myron is out of the picture (I hope temporarily, he's a good character, and he and Win together are great fun), so we follow Win's first person account of his investigation into the murder of a now-elderly 60's Weather Underground type who was involved in a deadly Molotov cocktail blast and subsequent death of an FBI agent and has been "underground" for several decades. A rare, wildly valuable Vermeer painting - one of two masterpieces stolen 25 years earlier from Win's home - was found at the scene of the crime, along with a briefcase that has Win's initials, but that he gave to his cousin Patricia when they were teenagers. And off we go. Coben at the top of his game is as good as there is among writers of thrillers, and Win is Coben at his best, featuring taut plotting, a compelling page turner (I finished it in 2 days) and interesting characters, chief among them Win himself, who is shown to be marginally more human than he was in the Bolitar stories, but not at the expense of his particular cold blooded skill set. An author's Acknowledgement after the novel informs us that this novel's editor is one he hasn't worked with since Tell No One, the movie version of which catapulted Coben to international stardom, and in my opinion remains his best work. Whether the pleasure of this book is the result of his collaboration with the editor is beyond my reach, but it's a welcome return to form.

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