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Fans of Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar mysteries will be thrilled to see that Myron’s sidekick, Win, now has his own series. Win, whose real name is Windsor Horne Lockwood III, is an uber-wealthy, blue-blooded American who prides himself on his impeccable and expensive taste in everything --- fashion, cars, hotels, vacations and exclusive clubs. But his best characteristic is his wit; he takes very little seriously and always has a clever comment.

A former FBI agent with extensive martial arts and combat skills, not to mention a vigilante-style view of justice, Win lives by his own code and feels beholden to very few. When an elderly recluse is found dead in a penthouse apartment with a Vermeer painting that was stolen from the Lockwood family years ago, he is called to the scene to identify the man. Baffled because this individual appears to have no connection to the robbery and doesn’t fit the profile of someone who could afford to live in an expensive penthouse overlooking Central Park, Win is even more confused when he learns that a suitcase bearing his initials is in the man’s closet.

"[Coben] masterfully unveils each detail that propels the narrative along with various twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until almost the last page."

The suitcase ties the deceased to another Lockwood family cold case --- the horrific murder of Win’s uncle and the abduction and subsequent recovery of his cousin Patricia decades earlier, a case that has stumped the FBI for years. When the man in the penthouse is identified, yet another cold case becomes intertwined with the first two: the disappearance of the Jane Street Six, a domestic terrorist group that committed a brutal act of violence in Manhattan in the 1970s. As Win works to determine and understand how three seemingly unrelated cases are interconnected, he slowly unravels family secrets kept hidden from him for decades.

While there are a lot of characters and plotlines here, Coben blends them together seamlessly, providing just enough information about each story and character to keep the novel moving forward but not so much that the tale bogs down. He masterfully unveils each detail that propels the narrative along with various twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until almost the last page. Coben’s decision to have Win tell his own story works exceptionally well, especially because he has not been privy to his family’s secrets.

For those who love to learn about the latest luxury goods and trends, WIN will read like a primer for what to buy or what to covet. Others will find it easy to just keep reading and pass over those details. While the focus on extravagant items and such is occasionally a bit over the top, the story does not suffer in the slightest.

WIN would be a five-star read if not for a small hiccup near the end that is unrealistic and therefore hampers how the tale is resolved, but overall it is a vastly entertaining and page-turning mystery. Hopefully Coben will keep writing Win’s story for a while. Those unfamiliar with Myron and Win from the previous series will find it quite easy to jump right into this one.

Reviewed by Cindy Burnett on March 19, 2021

by Harlan Coben

  • Publication Date: October 19, 2021
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1538748231
  • ISBN-13: 9781538748237