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Darkest Fear by Harlan Coben
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Apr 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery

7th in the Myron Bolitar series.[return][return]Coben continues in this installment to deal with more serious issues other than a witty approach to the mystery genre. [return][return]Aging parents particularly his increasingly fragile father and the sale of the only home he has ever known have sobered Bolitar.[return][return]Then lightning strikes in the form of his former lover Emily Downing and, we discovered in the last book, the mother of his 13 year old son. Jeremy is dying and needs a bone marrow transplant. But the one potential donor that has been located so far has vanished and there is not much time left for Jeremy. Myron and Win start a frantic search for the missing donor having no idea that on the way they would uncover the traces of a serial murderer who may still be at large. [return][return]The plot is excellent and has enough twists and turns to satisfy. Coben s writing is up to his usual standard, with a different take on the serial killer genre. The FBI makes an unflattering appearance. The hallmark wit is still there, and Win is still the same lovable sociopath, but this book, like recent ones, is more subdued, grimmer, as Coben continues to explore the personal impact of the mortality of one s parents and (worse) children. Highly recommended.

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