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Long Lost (Myron Bolitar #9)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  14,829 ratings  ·  1,247 reviews
It begins with an early morning phone call to Myron Bolitar. His old flame Terese Collins is in Paris, and she needs his help. In her debt, Myron makes the trip, and learns of a decade-long secret: Terese once had a daughter who died in a car accident. Now it seems as though that daughter may be alive-and tied to a sinister plot with shocking global implications.

LCCN: 2008
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Hardcover, First Edition, 374 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Dutton Adult (first published 2009)
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Annie
I liked Myron Bolitar better when he was in just paperback. Ever since these hard back Bolitars, he's weaker. I don't know if Harlan Coben things sissyness comes with age but after his return to his Myron Bolitar character, he's made Myron a total wimp--always crying and saying cheesy things and the way he has Myron describe his feelings towards whoever his current love interest is at the time, it's like Michael Bolton is singing it. I'm not digging the Hardback Myron. I want Paperback Myron bac ...more
Melissa
Myron and I go way back. I first discovered the series around the third or fourth book so that's at least ten years ago. And boy, was I hooked! Coben really ruined Myron when he "gave" Myron a son. Myron is not the kind of person who can be a father without being a daddy. Maybe that's why he took several years away from Myron and focused on standalones (never as good as Myron). So, the last one (Promise Me) was good but I think Coben didn't quite know how to deal with son, parents, and an aging ...more
Joe
One theme of the book is that sometimes it is necessary to torture people to get access to their secrets. It is odious, but it saves lives, so isn't it morally acceptable to do so?

I viscerally hate this kind of thinking, even in fiction, and must speak against it.

When people are tortured, they are tortured until they say what they say what their captors want to hear. If they don't know details of a terrorist plot, the torture will continue until they cough something up, true or not. This alone
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Brian Toohey
Coben's really lost his thread on Myron Bolitar. The guy used to be a snarky sports agent, and the books were somewhat light and breezy and fun. Remember the days when each book featured a case set around a different professional sport? And the violence in the books, when it happened, was somewhat personal. It didn't need to be extreme because it was real, and real for the characters, and that gave it all the weight it needed.

Now Coben's become more interested in writing standalone thrillers, so
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Tempo de Ler
Não sei qual é exatamente o meu problema com Harlan Coben, um autor de renome que parece agradar bastante à generalidade dos leitores. Daí que parto do princípio que o 'problema' seja meu porque não consigo (!) ultrapassar diversos pormenores/irregularidades/incoerências embutidas na escrita do autor. Estas vão acumulando e acabam por me provocar uma irritação crescente em relação ao livro ao ponto de a leitura se tornar bastante desagradável.

A investigação por detrás do enredo, que o fundament
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Jeffrey
May 03, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cobin fans of the Bolitar series
That was easy.

The latest Myron Bolitar mystery/thriller is a fast easy read. Bolitar, is a sports agent, but sometimes gets involved in solving mysteries. Several years before he had a relationship with Teresa Collins, a beautiful news anchor who fell off the grid. He receives a call from her to come to Paris and when he meets up with her gets involved in a mystery concerning her ex husband's death and seemingly sees a blond teenager who may or may not be Collins's daughter. The same daughter wh
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Frozenwaffle
Such awful writing! Every dialog, every encounter, every event to drive the plot forward sounds forced. The plot itself... Poor.
Why have deductive or investigation skills when you have a best friend (a bad-ass killing machine and filthy rich) whose life is solely dedicated to your hopes, feelings and problems?

Police is chasing you? Here comes Win in his private jet with falsified documents to get you out of the country.

A group of meanies is threatening to shoot you? Here comes Win with a sni
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Simeon
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Leslie
I love Harlan..Myron and Win but this adventure was waaaaaay too out there for my taste. I liked the old Myron that was witty while he was looking for who hit who over the head at the country club. Good writing..just too far fetched for me. Harlan..bring back the old Myron.
John
LONG LOST is a mixed bag. It has a great plot, but suffers from some of the most horribly lame jokey dialog I've ever read. What was Coben thinking? If this is what passes for "witty banter" these days, the future of pop-lit is doomed. Other than that, the book is OK. Great action, an improbable plot, and supporting characters who are either completely stereotypical or feel like they belong in a cartoon. Like most modern thrillers, LONG LOST moves at a breathless pace. It feels a lot like one of ...more
Lisa
Jun 07, 2013 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mendy-Sue, Linda, Denny, and Shae
I have never read this author before...WOW! This book had me from the first page!
Do you ever picture "Hollywood Stars" as the characters while you are reading a book? Since I don't ever want to divulge information about a book...I will just tell you this...

Myron = I would cast as Ben Affleck
Win = (whom I TOTALLY see as SO SEXY) Ryan Gossling
Terese = Charlez Theron (spelling ??)
Berealand = Ray Liotta (maybe...with corny glasses??)
Esperanza = Queen Latifa

Ok...good cast? This book was truly entert
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LJ
LONG LOST (Unl. Inv-Myron Bolitar-New Jersey/Paris-Cont) – G+
Coben, Harlan – 9th in series
Dutton, 2009, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780525951056

First Sentence: “YOU don’t know her secret,” Win said to me.

When talent/sports agent Myron Bolitar’s girlfriend, Ali, breaks it off, there is no reason not to respond to a call from his former lover, Terese Collins, and fly to Paris. Terese had married, had a daughter who died in a car accident, and divorced.

Myron is stopped, but released, by French Homeland
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Varsha
This was my first Harlan Coben and I am definitely going to read lots by him in the future. This book got me hooked from the beginning till the very end. It was fast paced and entertaining. Loved Myron Bolitar he was fun to be with. He was aggressive, witty, emotional and everything!! Didn't know this book was part of a series when i picked it up from my library, now that i know i am definitely going to continue with it as i am eager to know more about Myron and his history.
Darcia Helle
I have long been a big fan of Harlan Coben, with both his stand-alone novels and his Myron Bolitar series. While still an enjoyable read, Long Lost is far from Coben's best work. Some things were lacking for me, such as the usual banter between Myron and his best friend Win. The plot was a little over the top and at times stretched my ability to believe. In an attempt to create mystery and suspense, the story often lingered in a foggy mist that was more irritating than interesting.

That being sa
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J. Fielder
Thrillers come in many shapes and sizes, all of which land somewhere on the scale between plausible and readable. I've read thrillers that are plausible, but completely unreadable, and thrillers that are incredibly readable but utterly implausible. Long Lost (part of the Myron Bolitar series) falls squarely in the readable but implausible spectrum. That's not a bad thing. If you're familiar with Harlan Coben's work, you know what a great storyteller he is, and you know how readable his books are ...more
Catherine  Mustread
#9 in the Myron Bolitar series seemed a bit unbelievable (suspended belief not always necessary in this series) but also more current and up to date with Arab terrorists added to the mix of a possible not-dead daughter of Myron's one time lover, Teresa. Also seemed strange that a brother and sister to Myron, never previously mentioned that I can remember, are suddenly part of a conversation but no details except the brother is in South America. Perhaps this is a clue what #10 Live Wire, might be ...more
Paul Pessolano
Sometimes it is very difficult to put into words how good a book really is, "Long Lost" is such a book.

Those of you who red Harlan Coben know how good a mystey writer he is, and he has gone to another level with this book.

"Long Lost" brings back one of my favorite characters, Myron Bolitar. Myron receives a call from Teresa Collins, whom he had an affair with over 10 years ago. Teresa wants him to come to Paris and assist her.

Teresa turns he life, and Myrons, upside down when she explains what h
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Craig Sisterson
A high-octane tale that brought back Coben's popular recurring hero, sports/entertainment agent and occasional private investigator Myron Bolitar. A pleading phone call from a long-lost but never-forgotten ex-lover rocks the passionate and occasionally volatile Bolitar, and sends him, sans understanding, on a journey from his US home to Paris. What starts as a search for a missing ex-husband quickly spirals into a dangerous web of murder, murky histories, and startling complications. Coben ratch ...more
James Thane
In "Long Lost," Harlan Coben returns to his roots, reuniting his series characters Myron Bolitar and his sidekick, Win, along with the rest of the cast that populated Coben's early books.

In the ninth installment of this series, Myron's relationship with 9/11 widow Ali Wilder sputters to a convenient end when Ali decides to move to Scottsdale, Arizona. Right on cue, Myron's old girlfriend Terese Collins, whom he hasn't seen in seven years, phones from Paris, begging Myron to come help her. Terese
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Harry
Beginning to exhaust my hunt for the loner, the hunter as a singular and main hero...a new trend seems to be emerging, the disassociation of the hunter and conscientious hero into two separate characters: the main character and his loner side-kick. Several authors embrace this genre motif: Robert Crais's Elvis Cole and his side-kick Joe Pike and of course Harlan Coben's Mylor Bolitar and his elitist side-kick Win.

Of this genre, Coben is probably the most adept at creating complex and winning cha
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Jill
Fool me once... I keep trying to read these Harlan Coben books but I keep getting let down. I thought that the Myron Bolitar series of books was much better than his other books but now he has taken that beloved character and plopped him down into one of his typical mystery/action books. The books are well written but only manage hold my interest for about 2/3 of the way through the book, until the "big secret" is revealed and then my interested wains.

Maybe it is my pacifist-ism that prevents m
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Linda Alexander
Myron Bolitar and Terese Collins had a torrid affair on an island ten years previously, but he has neither seen nor heard from her since. He's become involved in a relationship with Ali Wilder, a widow with two children--one being ten year old Jack, whom is in fifth grade and is on the basketball team. Myron attends his games and ends up in a row with the coach from the other team and his buddies because of their ill treatment toward Jack during the game. Between he and Win, they badly injure tw ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Jones
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After getting into a fight at a basketball game, Myron and his friend Wyn think it advisable to leave town for a while.
A phone call from an old girlfriend asking for help takes Myron off to Paris, and there begins a whole tale of gunfights, kidnappings and gratuitous violence.
I found the story boring, repetitive and predictable - its bad when you are finishing the sentences in your head, almost word for word, slightly ahead of the narrator.
Coben has written better - The Woods for example.
Catherine Woodman
This book is equal in quality to prior Myron Bolitar books, and Win has less of a role than he has in a number of past books--which hopefully he will rake up and see that Myron cannot be left ot his own devices without getting into fairly complex trouble. This one has a rather far fetched plot line, with a long lost love recontacting him, just as he gets into deep trouble with his current significant other (for reasons that are a little unclear--these people react without talking about things, a ...more
Pete
Getting ready for the release of Live Wire on the 22nd, so I decided to re-read this one. Coming back to Myron, Win, Esperanza, and Big Cyndi is like coming back to old friends (admittedly the kind of old friends that I never had). I admit its infantile, but I giggle every time Myron decides not to turn on the full-wattage smile, lest some lady disrobe, every Mee joke, every description of Bid Cyndi. It takes a fair bit for me to laugh out loud at any book, but I do every time I read one of Cobe ...more
Corinne
Myron Bolitar is your basic gifted athlete who had his entire career turn to dust with a knee injury in his first NBA game. Following that he went to Harvard Law School, and now his is an entertainment agent. He also has a knack for some minor detective work, and a best friend Win with "special skills". In this novel, a long lost friend asks Myron to come to Paris. What starts out as search for a missing man, morphs into interactions with Interpol, the CIA and Homeland security. Add frozen embry ...more
Sandra de koning-vd pol
Spannuuuund! Mijn allereerste boek van Harlan Coben een aanrader van vriendin, dank Bar! Ga zeker meer van deze schrijver lezen, ik kon het uiteindelijk niet wegleggen, nachtwerk ;-)) En met humor geschreven! Hou ik van!
Linsey Lanier
This was one of the best Myron Bolitar books I've read. Emotional, intriguing, fascinating plot. Can't say enough good things about it.
Katie Lee
หลงรักวินเขาแลวเตมทรวง บอกเลย เทหอะ 555 ทำซีรียแยกไดมะ แคเลมนีไมรอนบูแหลกแหกกระจายมาก ตายสยองหลายศพ พลอตเรืองดี มีเหตุผล มีอะไรใหอึงเรือยๆ แตจบแบบยังไมสุด 4.5 เอา ...more
Dale Safford
Might just be my own preference, but I didn't care for the setting in Paris, where rules don't always seem to make sense. The change in the relationship of Myron & Terese from overly lustful to friends/lovers several years later seems natural. Didn't like the death of one character.

Myron once had a long weekend fling with Terese when they both needed reassurance in their lives, then she totally disappeared, despite his attempts to track her down. Now she has called from Paris needing his he
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