Tuesday 16 March 2021

✪ Harlan Coben ✪ WIN ✪ #MyronBolitarWorld12 ✪ #WindsorHorneLockwoodIII #1 ✪


• 16/18/23 March 2021 (US/UK/DE)
Windsor Horne Lockwood III #1
4.9 Stars

From the #1 bestselling author and creator of the hit Netflix series The Stranger comes a riveting new thriller, starring the new hero Windsor Horne Lockwood III or Win, as he is known to his (few) friends

Over twenty years ago, heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family's estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors, and the items stolen from her family were never recovered.

Until now.

On New York's Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead not only on Patricia's kidnapping but also on another FBI cold case - with the suitcase and painting both pointing them towards one man.

Windsor Horne Lockwood III - or Win as his few friends call him - doesn't know how his suitcase and his family's stolen painting ended up in this dead man's apartment. But he's interested - especially when the FBI tell him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism, and that he may still be at large.

The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades. But Win has three things the FBI does not:: a personal connection to the case, a large fortune, and his own unique brand of justice ...

Before I start my review.... If you have never ever read a Harlan Coben book, you can still read this one. Win has been in all 11 Myron Bolitar books, but this is a complete standalone mystery. BUT, if I were you, I would start with book #1 - Dealbreaker! Please! ☺

With his own book!
I was so excited to get started with this, I almost didn't start it at all.
I was just too excited. And afraid. Once you start it, it will inevitable end. Ugh.
If I had to pick one book-world to read for the rest of eternity ... it would be Win and Myron's world!

Ok... back to WIN. The book.
Win is still his usual waspy legend self. Living his best Manhattan bachelor life.
And now he's a little bit of a suspect in a murder/theft combo.
But Win has never seen the dead guy. But what he has seen before, is the 200 million dollar painting on the dead guy's wall. A painting that was stolen from his grandfather's study 20 years ago.
What he also knows or recognizes ... is the custom-made suitcase with his initials - also found in the dead man's apartment.
What is happening?
And what does his cousin Patricia's kidnapping two decades ago have to do with things???



I know - he would Win-roll his beautiful eyes at this.
But it's true.
I just loved reading this!
I was so excited and shocked when Harlan announced this book. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
And now that I'm done with it ... I'm sad. Why didn't Harlan write some tiny 134224 more pages???
Ugh. ☺
But still - it was a beautiful story.
Well, not beautiful as in a cute romance or something.
It was a WIN story. With lots of Myron mentionings - but he's not in this! But he was definitely here in spirit. Win loves Myron and he loves to quote him, Adorable.
The story is great too. Typical Win/Myron/Harlan mystery.
You can guess all you want, but you won't ever guess what's happening. So I never even try to guess, I just enjoy reading. And I loved the story. I loved the moments when we see a different Win. We never really heard his thoughts or saw his secret emotional smiles. He loves Myron, Ema, his family and close friends. He doesn't really have many people in his life. Ugh, I could write so much about poor Win.
But he's a happy little dude. He loves life. He loves himself. LOL. Now he just needs to find out what is happening with this case!
And he does of course, but it takes us a while to get there. I wouldn't have minded a few thousand more whiles ...
I just love Harlan's books! And this time, with Win having to do it all by himself? Just as amazing as Myron. But I also want them to work together again one day soon! Would next week be good for you Harlan? K. Thanks.
Please Netflix... find the perfect Win & Myron and let Harlan write the script. I so need this!

WiN was the perfect Harlan Coben Mystery! But it was also so much more! I just loved it! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Win - this one is MINE! 

ARC received for an honest review 
If you have read any of the Myron Bolitar series by HarlanCoben, then you have met the enigma that is Windsor Horne Lockwood III 
I was like a pre-teen at a One Direction concert when I found out that we would be getting a Win series.
And I was not disappointed with Win.
This book is just so Win-ny. There is something about that man that over the years just makes me smile big. But we are seeing a side to him that has been hidden before, and I like it. 

Throw him in the middle of a murder mystery, and he is at his best.  Just when you think you know what is happening, we are thrown another curve ball.  So many red herrings that will have you chasing your tail. So just go with the flow and let the story unfold before you.

Now I have finished this book, would it be too much to ask for another book next week, Mr Coben?

Because I need more.

 Links to the Book & Author 

Myron Bolitar Series Book #1 - where we meet Win for the first time!

With over 75 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of thirty one novels including THE BOY FROM THE WOODS, RUN AWAY, FOOL ME ONCE, TELL NO ONE and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in 45 languages around the globe.

Harlan is the creator and executive producer of several Netflix television dramas including THE STRANGER, SAFE, THE FIVE, and THE WOODS.
  Harlan was also showrunner and executive producer for two French TV mini-series, UNE CHANCE DE TROP (NO SECOND CHANCE) and JUST UN REGARD (JUST ONE LOOK). KEINE ZWEIT CHANCE, also based on Harlan’s novel, aired in Germany on Sat1.

Harlan’s novel TELL NO ONE (NE LE DIS A PERSONNE) was turned into the renowned French film, directed by Guillaume Canet and starring Francois Cluzet. The movie was the top box office foreign-language film of the year in USA, won the Lumiere (French Golden Globe) for best picture and was nominated for nine Cesars (French Oscar) and won four, including best actor, best director and best music.

Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven books Coben wanted to try something different. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller TELL NO ONE, which became the most decorated thriller of the year. Two books later, Bookspan, recognizing Coben’s broad international appeal, named NO SECOND CHANCE its first ever International Book of the Month in 2003 – the Main Selection in 15 different countries.

Harlan was the first writer in more than a decade to be invited to write fiction for the NEW YORK TIMES op-ed page. His Father’s Day short story, THE KEY TO MY FATHER, appeared June 15, 2003. His essays and columns have appeared in many top publications including the New York Times, Parade Magazine and Bloomberg Views.

Harlan has received an eclectic variety of honors from all over the world. In Paris, he was awarded the prestigious Vermeil Medal of Honor for contributions to culture and society by the Mayor of Paris. He was won the El Premio del Novela Negra RBA in Spain, the Grand Prix de Lectrices in France, and the CWA/ITV3 Bestseller Dagger for favorite crime novelist in England. On the other end of the spectrum, Little League Baseball inducted Harlan into their Hall of Excellence in 2013, and Harlan is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame from his playing days at Amherst College.

Harlan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He still lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.