cover image Win


Harlan Coben. Grand Central, $29 (384p) ISBN 978-1-5387-4821-3

Early in this disappointing thriller from bestseller Coben (the Myron Bolitar series), FBI agents ask sports agent Myron’s wealthy blueblood sidekick, Windsor “Win” Horne Lockwood III, to accompany them to the Beresford, “one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan,” where an unidentified older man has been found in one of the Beresford’s tower rooms, dead of either strangulation or a slit throat. Win tells the agents he doesn’t know the victim, but the cluttered room includes a Vermeer that was stolen from the Lockwood family 20 years earlier and a suitcase with Win’s initials. The mystery deepens when the body is identified as the leader of a radical left group responsible for the accidental deaths of seven people. A connection to Win’s cousin Patricia Lockwood’s traumatic abduction, abuse, and captivity as a teen raises more questions, but the melodramatic plot developments that follow don’t live up to the tantalizing setup. Readers will struggle to empathize with Coben’s hedonistic lead, who can’t help viewing even his own aunt as a sexual object. Hopefully, Win will return to a supporting role in any future outings. [em]Agent: Lisa Vance, Aaron M. Priest Literary. (Mar.) [/em]