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Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
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Book number Two in the Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben - 3.5 stars. This book picks up a couple days after book one ends - Mickey is still trying to get information from "Bat Lady" about his father and the Abeona Shelter. Bat Lady has just given Mickey a picture of the ambulance driver who told him his father was dead - only the man was dressed in a Nazi uniform at a WWII German concentration camp. To make it worse, only a few hours later the mother of one of his friends (Rachel) is murdered and Rachel is shot. Mickey sets out to find the truth about his father, help Rachel, and learn more about the Abeona Shelter - all with the help of his good friends Ema and Spoon.

The theme of the book is a continuation of the last couple Myron Bolitar book - lies cause continuing problems for everyone involved; even ugly truths are better than beautiful lies; and, when you try to help someone you have to be careful not to cause more damage than you prevent. (The prominence of these themes in the last few of Coben's books makes me wonder what's happening in his life these days.)

All in all, I enjoyed this book. The characters are mostly believable and well developed, the plots are engaging, and the underlying ideas are thought provoking. This is promoted as a YA book, but I suspect that most of Harlan Coben's fans will enjoy it - the only real differences between this and Myron Bolitar are language "adult" situations.
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