"YOU don't know her secret," Win said to me.
"It's bad?" I asked.
"Very," Win said.
"Then maybe I don't want to know."
Two days before I learned the secret she'd kept buried for a decade-the seemingly personal secret that would not only devastate the two of us but change the world forever-Terese Collins called me at fi ve AM, pushing me from one quasi-erotic dream into another. She simply said, "Come to Paris."
I had not heard her voice in, what, seven years maybe, and the line had static and she didn't bother with hello or any preamble. I stirred and said, "Terese? Where are you?"
"In a cozy hotel on the Left Bank called d'Aubusson. You'll love it here. There's an Air France flight leaving tonight at seven."
I sat up. Terese Collins. Imagery flooded in-her Class-B-felony bikini, that private island, the sun-kissed beach, her gaze that could melt teeth, her Class-B-felony bikini.
It's worth mentioning the bikini twice.
"I can't," I said.
"Paris," she said.
Nearly a decade ago we ran away to an island as two lost souls. I thought that we would never see each other again, but we did. A few years later, she helped save my son's life. And then, poof, she was gone without a trace-until now.
"Think about it," she went on. "The City of Lights. We could make love all night long."
I managed a swallow. "Sure, yeah, but what would we do during the day?"
"If I remember correctly, you'd probably need to rest."
"And vitamin E," I said, smiling in spite of myself. "I can't, Terese. I'm involved."
"With the 9/11 widow?"
I wondered how she knew. "Yeah."
"This wouldn't be about her."
"Sorry, but I think it would."
"Are you in love?" she asked.
"Would it matter if I said yes?"
I switched hands. "What's wrong, Terese?"
"Nothing's wrong. I want to spend a romantic, sensual, fantasy filled weekend with you in Paris."
Another swallow. "I haven't heard from you in, what, seven years?"
"I called," I said. "Repeatedly."
"I left messages. I wrote letters. I tried to fi nd you."
"I know," she said again.
There was silence. I don't like silence.
"When you needed me," she said, "really needed me, I was there, wasn't I?"
"Come to Paris, Myron."
"Just like that?"
"Where have you been all this time?"
"I will tell you everything when you get here."
"I can't. I'm involved with someone."
That damn silence again.
"Do you remember when we met?"
Dan Brown calls Harlan Coben “the modern master of the hook-and-twist—luring you in on the first page...only to shock you on the last." But there are plenty of shocks all through Long Lost, as Coben brings celebrity agent Myron Bolitar face-to-face with a love from his past, who may or may not have blood on her hands.
Myron is pleased to see he‘s getting better at his sideline in sleuthing after he deduces, correctly, that his urgent summons to Paris at the behest of an old lover isn’t about rekindling their flame. But he didn’t expect to find Terese Collins the main suspect in a gruesome murder, the victim being her ex-husband. Terese swears she’s innocent, regaling Myron with the story of her marriage, assuring him it was good until the sad breakup she didn’t want, and never saw coming. But does he believe her, especially the part about not having heard from her ex until the phone call that brought her to Paris…and put her at the scene of the crime? Myron isn’t sure. And when a startling piece of evidence surfaces, baring Terese’s long-buried family secrets, Myron must seek answers that will take him where he’s never gone before, in a foreign country where nothing is as it seems.…
Hardcover Book : 304 pages
Publisher: Dutton, Div. of Penguin Putnam ( March 31, 2009 )
Item #: 12-542941
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.72inches
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What a great author. I couldn't hardly put this book down. I think this is one of Harlan Coben's best. The suspense grips you right away and just when you think Bolitar is in over his head, Win is there to save the day. Keep them coming. I can't wait for his next adventure.
He never fails. Unlike some writer who churn out books one after another that all seem alike Harlen stories are fresh and terrific.
I love Harlan Coben and I love the Myron Bolitar series. This one was even more fast-paced than usual when it comes to a Myron Bolitar adventure. Myron should be all kinds of grateful that he has a friend in Win!
My only quibble is that the story's climax was both chilling and very improbable, I would think. But don't worry about that, just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
Reviewer: Pam W
I really enjoyed this book. I am a Harlen Coben fan anyways, and recomend all of his books to anybody. I do not think I have read a bad one yet. Of course the Myron Bolitar books always have suspense, action, adventure, and everything else you want in a book. I recomend giving this book a read. I enjoyed it.
Coben is a natural. He creates an interesting plot with a unique ending and characters that are colorful and human. This book is pretty much a page turner. There was a lot of action with new developments. I really wanted to know what was going on. This wasn't as good as CAUGHT, but Coben is still becoming one of my new favorite mystery writers. He writes with vitality. I was very involved with the main characters and storyline. Engaging the reader is one sign of a GOOD book.