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Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing's news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant, from a donor who vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shock: the boy is Myron's son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man.

Stunned by the news, Myron plunges into a desperate search for the missing donor. But finding him means unravelling a dark mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. Somewhere in the sordid mess is the donor who disappeared. And as doubts emerge about Jeremy's true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of heartbreaking truth and chilling revelation.

©2000 Harlan Coben; (P)2000 Books on Tape

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"Don't let Coben's wry observations fool you. They gift wrap keen insights into our society." (Washington Post Book World)

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Myron Bolitar retires. Harlan Coben moves on.

This is the seventh Myron Bolitar novel, I believe, and we can see why Mr. Coben decided to put the character to rest. Coben had clearly taken this character as far as he could. The book is certainly readable, and Jonathan Marosz makes it listenable. But the cast of characters seems tired rather than fresh, and each of them has become unidimensional, with the possible exception of Windsor Locke Horne III, who is something of a cartoon anyway. The plot has devolved into something resembling supermarket paperback stuff. Coben has by this time amassed a large audience, and I really believe that he did not want to milk this character, his first creation, to the bitter end. Unfortunately, the humor by this point is pretty much gone. We were delighted at first by Esperanza and Big Cindi, along with Myron and Win and Myron's parents, but none of them has grown. The story involves a 13-year-old boy who is Myron's son by an old flame named Emily. The boy needs a bone marrow transplant, for which there are very few donors. Near the end we learn that the father of a journalist friend has kidnapped Jeremy, the boy, but frankly the plot has twisted so many times and turned for no reason other than to complicate things, that Coben actually manages to squeeze this stuff so hard that it's a little boring. Good thing he began writing other books.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 11-30-13

Best Yet

I've really enjoyed all this series, but this has been the best one yet. The plot has many twists, but there all set up and all fair.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another great thriller from Coben

This is the first Harlan Coben novel I've listened to and I loved it. The dialogue between his characters really came alive. I've read most of his books and really enjoy his style. This book keeps you guessing all the way through.

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  • Trista
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-26-12

Great listen!

Just a well written story. Hard to turn it off. Didn't get a lot of work done, but I did stay on the treadmill longer and cleaned more house while I couldn't turn off the audio!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Darkest Fear

Harlan Coben knows how to write. This was suspenseful and exciting. Another good one by the author.

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  • Danyel
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 10-13-10

Not bad

I am a big fan of the Myron Bolitar series. This book was slow to start and lacked some of the banter that the characters delivered in other books; Coben spent a little too much time on background info related to the characters so it took awhile to get into the mystery. .It ended pretty well.

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  • Evelyn
  • Duncans Mills, CA, United States
  • 07-06-08

I hope that there will be others

I have read all the Myron Bolitar series and I can't find another to compare. I enjoy the wit and high jinx of the two. the plots are second

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 03-13-13

Hey... It's Myron Bolitar and Crew!

Okay... the ending's either a hair ragged or I needed to pay a tad more attention. But this is an ensemble that's always fun to visit. Myron's growing darker with each new novel in this series and I'm worried that Coben might be beginning with this installment to be finding it difficult to carve the stone as sharply as he's done before. Still, Jonathan Marosz continues to create Coben's cast in ways that resonate with me. I'll find the next book in this series. But, reward yourself and don't start with "Darket Fears". Go to the beginning of this Bolitar story and work forward. This experience will be a lot fuller if you do.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Clever tale, witty prose , properly snide delivery

To quote Myron Bolitar, "Good one." No one can deliver the repartee between these characters better than Jonathan Marosz. It ain't no Pulitzer, but superior in its genre.

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Favorite Again!

Once again, Mr. Hoban has written a book with the right blend of mystery, intrigue, family and teaching. The humor is great and the story line is captivating. Twists and turns keep the listener involved. Great author and great series.