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It's not a Myron Bolitar novel, but it's enjoyable nonetheless...

  • May 20, 2012
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I recently finished the latest book from Harlan Coben titled Stay Close. My favorite books by Coben are the ones in the Myron Bolitar series, but the stand-alone titles aren't too bad either. Stay Close is in the stand-alone category, and I thought it was an enjoyable read. If I were headed on vacation for a week or so, packing this book as reading material would have been worth the weight...

The general story revolves around three individuals who are all trying to figure out what happened on a single night 18 years ago. Ray Levine was an award-winning photographer until that night... now he's down and out, working as a fake paparazzi for hire. Megan Pierce was a stripper who ran away that night and put the life behind her. Her past remained buried for all these years, but people who know her real identity are starting to show up, threatening to disrupt her safe and secure existence. Broome is a detective who is haunted by the disappearance of a man that night, and checks in with the wife on each anniversary, each year telling her that there have been no new leads. These three lives start to intertwine when Ray is mugged after a job, but something is off. The attacker is only interested in his camera, and Ray can't figure out why when the attacker could have also taken his money and what few valuables he had. But when he reviews the pictures previously uploaded prior to the mugging, he finds that he has one image that someone may want to keep hidden... and will do anything to make sure it stays that way.

Overall, I liked the story. I would have preferred the pace to be a little faster, as some of the action drifted a bit in the middle with no clear sense of where things were headed or why certain things were happening. I would have also liked to have known a bit more about the background of the two "freelancers", and why they were as screwed up as they were. Still, I wasn't putting the book down very often, and as of late, that's saying something.

I would have preferred to have another Bolitar to dive into, but Stay Close was an acceptable substitute... this time. :)

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Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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"[A] masterful stand-alone…. Coben writes with wit and irony, and his flair for exposing the frail balance point between order and chaos in our lives has never been stronger than in this suspenseful outing.”  
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] tour-de-force stand-alone…. [with] some of the most shocking action scenes in current crime fiction."
Booklist, starred review

"[Coben] engages readers from the first page. A plot layered with twists, action, and a scandalous history will have his many fans flying through this new offering. Coben devotees have come to expect certain thrills, and they will not be disappointed."
-Library Journal

"A solid mystery from a powerful writer." -San Jose Mercury News

"A superb stand-along thriller."-Mystery Tribune

"Harlan Coben has long been one of today’s top thriller writers, for his gripping, thought-provoking standalones as well as his Myron Bolitar novels. In Stay Close, he masterfully portrays the violent intersection of several lives, overshadowed by past events….Don’t missSTAY CLOSE, a stupendous read."

“When you read a Coben novel you are absorbed by it. His writing draws you into the world he has created and you get to know the characters totally…. [Stay Close] is intense, the characters are interesting, and the writing is magnificent. Coben's talent is in high gear as he takes his readers to the ...
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