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Myron Bolitar Series, Book 11
THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home in Harlan Coben's gripping Myron Bolitar thriller.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.
THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home in Harlan Coben's gripping Myron Bolitar thriller.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.
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  • From the book ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2016 Harlan Coben

    Chapter 1


    The boy who has been missing for ten years steps into the light.

    I am not one for hysterics or even feeling much of what might be labeled astonishment. I have seen much in my forty-plus years. I have nearly been killed—and I have killed. I have seen depravity that most would find difficult, if not downright inconceivable, to comprehend—and some would argue that I have administered the same. I have learned over the years to control my emotions and, more important, my reactions during stressful, volatile situations. I may strike quickly and violently, but I do nothing without a certain level of deliberation and purpose.

    These qualities, if you will, have saved me and those who matter to me time and time again.

    Yet I confess that when I first see the boy—well, he is a teenager now, isn't he?—I can feel my pulse race. A thrumming sound echoes in my ears. Without conscious thought, my hands form two fists.

    Ten years—and now fifty yards, no more, separate me from the missing boy.

    Patrick Moore—that is the boy's name—leans against the graffiti-littered concrete support of the underpass. His shoulders are hunched. His eyes dart about before settling on the cracked pavement in front of him. His hair is closely cropped, what we used to call a crew cut. Two other teenage boys also mill about the underpass. One smokes a cigarette with so much gusto I fear the cigarette has offended him. The other wears a studded dog collar and mesh shirt, proclaiming his current profession in the most obvious of uniforms.

    Above, the cars roar past, oblivious to what is below them. We are in King's Cross, most of which has been "rejuvenated" over the past two decades with museums and libraries and the Eurostar and even a plaque for Platform 9¾, where Harry Potter boarded the train for Hogwarts. Much of the so-called undesirable element have fled these dangerous in-person transactions for the relative safety of online commerce—much less need for the risky drive-by sex trade, yet another positive by-product of the Internet—but if you go to the other side of the literal and figurative tracks, away from those shiny new towers, there are still places where the sleaze element survives in a concentrated form.

    That is where I found the missing boy.

    Part of me—the rash part I keep at bay—wants to sprint across the street and grab the boy. He would now be, if this is indeed Patrick and not a look-alike or mistake on my part, sixteen years old. From this distance, that looks about right to me. Ten years ago—you can do the math and calculate how young he'd been—in the über-affluent community of Alpine, Patrick had been on what they insist on calling a "playdate" with my cousin's son Rhys.

    That, of course, is my dilemma.

    If I grab Patrick now, just run across the street and snatch him, what would become of Rhys? I have one of the missing boys in sight, but I had come to rescue both. So that means taking care. No sudden moves. I must be patient. Whatever had happened ten years ago, whatever cruel twist of mankind (I don't believe so much in fate being cruel when the culprit is usually our fellow human beings) had taken this boy from the opulence of his stone mansion to this filthy toilet of an underpass, I worry now that if I make the wrong move, one or both boys might disappear again, this time forever.

    I will have to wait for Rhys. I will wait for Rhys and then I will grab both boys and bring them home.

    Two questions have...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 1, 2016
    Edgar-winner Coben's action-packed 11th thriller featuring sports agent Myron Bolitar (after 2011's Live Wire) blends family drama with a twisty plot. Six-year-old Patrick Moore and his classmate Rhys Baldwin are abducted from Rhys's New Jersey home in the middle of the day by two men who leave the Baldwins' Finnish au pair tied up in the basement. After a ransom is dropped off but not retrieved, the parents of Patrick and Rhys spend a decade without any leads as to their children's whereabouts, until Win Lockwood, Rhys's first cousin once removed, gets a tip that takes him to London, where he sees someone resembling Patrick being roughed up by three toughs. Win, whose dapper attire conceals the skills of a trained assassin, dispatches the assailants with ease, but he loses track of the teenager. Myron, Win's best friend, agrees to help him in his search, which ultimately ends with a reveal that few, if any, will anticipate. This page-turner is sure to please Coben's many fans. 5-city author tour. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    Ten years after a pair of 6-year-olds vanish from a suburban New Jersey home, one of them is spotted in London. But what about the other?Following an unlikely tip, Windsor Horne Lockwood III spots a boy he's sure is his missing cousin Rhys Baldwin's friend Patrick Moore working a rough-trade corner of London's King's Cross Station. Their potential reunion is disrupted by a trio of menacing toughs, and by the time Win looks up, the boy has taken off. But Win, whose stacks of old money have still left him powerless to track down Patrick and Rhys for a decade, isn't about to give up now. He phones an old buddy back in the U.S., sports agent-turned-detective Myron Bolitar (Live Wire, 2011), yanks him away from his fiancee, Terese Collins, once more, and jets him to London. Their inquiries lead the pair to a gamer called Fat Gandhi, who demands 100,000 pounds for each of the boys--a discount price, considering that the million-dollar ransom Rhys' father, hedge fund manager Chick Baldwin, dropped off 10 years ago led nowhere. Following an unexpectedly crooked road, Myron and Win eventually flush out Patrick again, and his now-divorced parents instantly spirit him back home. Their rejoicing is muted, though, by the continued absence of Rhys, which Chick and his wife, Brooke, feel all the more keenly because the Moores erect a protective wall of silence around Patrick. Even when Myron's nephew Mickey and his goth girlfriend, Ema Wyatt, figure out a way to get him to open up, he has nothing to add to the Finnish au pair's tale of the kidnapping. Is it possible the rescued boy isn't even Patrick?Coben, who normally has few rivals at keeping the pot boiling (Fool Me Once, 2016, etc.), this time settles for a simmer until unleashing his trademark twists late in the proceedings. This one is for fans with even more patience than the parents of those kidnapped boys. COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    April 15, 2016
    Ten years after two boys from golden-glazed families are kidnapped, Myron Bolitar finds one. What about his friend? From Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony award winner Coben.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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