By Harlan Coben
Thorndike Press, Large Print Edition (2009), 461 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - November 13, 2009
This is best-selling author Harlan Coben's sixteenth book, another exciting Myron Bolitar thriller, with all of his helpers, his best pal, the strange gun-toting Win, his agency partner and aid in his all-too-frequent escapades Esperanza, and her ex-wrestling side-kick Big Cyndi.
Myron has to deal with French and American police, the CIA, Mossad and Al Qaeda, as well as Terese Collins, his ex girl friend from a torrid affair of ten years past, who begs him to fly to France to help her, while he is involved with another woman. Myron agrees and ends up being lied to, beat up, shot, held hostage and sought by the police as a murder suspect.
Terese's ex husband has been murdered. Who killed him and why? Blood is found at the scene of the crime and DNA reveals that it belongs to a child of Terese and her ex-husband, a child who was killed in a car crash ten years ago. How is this possible? Whose blood is it? Could the dead child still be alive? If so, where was she for the past ten years? Why has she suddenly reappeared?
The book has some unusual scenes, including drugging prisoners to make them talk with a drug that causes them not to remember their ordeal. Is this cruel? Is it moral? Also, doctors freeze the placenta of new born children for possible future use of stem cells. Also, the police reveal that they can now tell where an email account was created, making it easier for authorities to find the identity of people sending inappropriate email messages.
The book has an exciting out of the ordinary ending, different than most mystery book enthusiasts would expect. The ending raises many unanswered thought-provoking questions that add to the delight of reading this fine book.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.israelbooks.com.