Harlan Coben Books In Order
Harlan Coben Book List - Definitely Worth Reading!
When it comes to reading the Harlan Coben books in order, based on my own experience I can tell you this: you should read the Myron Bolitar series in order, however the stand alone novels, read them as you find them. There is also the Mickry Bolitar series of currently 2 books only, that caters to young adults. I think those should be read in order as well.
While Harlan Coben's stand alone books grabbed me, the Myron Bolitar series was the one that kept me on checking this writer's every single book. Myron is funny, witty and always solves the problems. Of course it does help that while reading this series I had a minor crush on the enigmatic and extremely rich, Win, and with each new book I couldn't wait to read more about him.
So let's see what is the right order of the Myron Bolitar series, his stand alone novels and his Mickey Bolitar series, along with a short review of each book.
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Should We Read the Harlan Coben Books In Order?
First of all the stand-alone novels are just that, stand alone, so they can be read starting from whichever one you get your hands on first.
The Myron Bolitar series, well, when it comes to the plot, I think the books do stand up on their own. However, if you're like me and get engrossed in the characters themselves and want to see how they develop, I think you're missing out if you don't read them in order.
Myron's character really blossoms with each new book, and when it comes to my favorite, Win, there are just so many things that are discussed bit by bit in the books that you really are well served to enjoy the books in the order of publication. I might be just anal about it, but truly I think you will get the most out of this series if you read the books in order.
As for the new Mickey Bolitar series, it's also good to read them in order, but so far there are only two books, so it's not much development yet in terms of plot of characters to make a really big difference. However you do get the story about how he went to his uncle Myron to live there and why there is a friction between the two...
A few Harlan Coben books from my collection
Myron Bolitar Series - An Overview Of The Books In The Proper Order
Because Harlan Coben wrote several novels - two different series, plus a few stand alone novels as well, I have decided to split them in 3 parts: The Myron Bolitar series, the Mickey Bolitar series, and the stand alone novels.
The third category can be easily read in any order you choose, but I do suggest for the previous two to read them in the order I show them below, starting with Deal Breaker because that's what introduces us to the world of Myron and his best friend, Win.
So here are the books in the Myron Bolitar series in order
- Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar book #1) - Deal Breaker was the first ever Myron Bolitar book published in 1995.
- Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar book #2) - Drop Shot was the second Myron Bolitar book, which was published in 1996.
- Fade Away (Myron Bolitar book #3) - Book 3 in the Myron Bolitar series, it was published later in 1996 after Drop Shot.
- Backspin (Myron Bolitar book #4) - Back Spin, book 4 in the popular series was published in 1997.
- One False Move (Myron Bolitar book #5) - Book 5, One False Move, was first published in 1998.
- The Final Detail (Myron Bolitar book #6) - The Final Detail is book 6 in the Myron Bolitar series and it was published in 1999.
- Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar book #7) - Book 7, Darkest Fear, was published for the first time in 2000.
- Promise Me (Myron Bolitar book #8) - His 8th book in the Myron Bolitar series, Promise Me, was published in 2006, after a 6 year pause. During that pause he was busy writing several stand-alone novels.
- Long Lost (Myron Bolitar book #9) - Long Lost is the 9th book in this very popular series by Harlan Coben, and it was first published in 2009.
- Live Wire (Myron Bolitar book #10) - The 10th and so far the last book in the Myron Bolitar series was published in 2011.
Do You Prefer The Myron Bolitar Series Or His Stand Alone Novels?
Which is your favorite by Harlan Coben
The Myron Bolitar Series
Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar Book #1)
Deal Breaker is the first in the Harlan Coben books in order with Myron Bolitar as main protagonist. I've already been enjoying his previous two stand alone novels before I got my hands on this book, and I remember my surprise while reading it when I realized how different the writing style was here. However shortly I got hooked and I eventually I started enjoying the adventures of Myron with his friend Win more than the stand alone novels by Harlan Coben.
Basically Myron Bolitar is a sports agent (ex-NCAA champion basketballer who had to give up his dream of playing due to an accident that left him unable to play anymore), always on the lookout to defend the honor (and life) of his proteges. Here the story is about Christian Steele, a newbie quarterback who's ex girlfriend seemingly rises from the dead...
One of the things that totally drew me in to this book was the sometimes hilarious dialogues, the dry humour and um...his filthy rich and exccentric (and seemingly dangerous) Windsor Lockwood III, aka Win.
Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar Book #2)
Here comes Drop Shot, the second Myron Bolitar book. Here we have the Myron-Win team dealing with Valerie Simpson, a previous tennis star who wants to hire Myron as her agent for a full-force come back to the scene. Unfortunately her come-back dream is short lived as she is soon shot dead at one of the most important tennis games.
Now Myron is hell-bent on finding out who killed her and why.
Thus starts a great engaging mystery that doesn't require you to know anything about the world of sports or tennis at all. I found myself chuckling out loud at times, the book is way too funny and doesn't take itself too seriously.
At the same time it is quite engaging too making us trying to figure out along Myron and Win who actually killed Valerie. And the end is a shocker that I honestly didn't see coming...
Fade Away - (Myron Bolitar Book #3)
Fade Away is the third acclaimed book in the Myron Bolitar series. Here we find Myron come across one of his old shadows - Greg Downing, whom he fought against years ago when he was still in the game. Now Greg is missing, his basement is full of blood and a body turns up - not of Greg's, however. So where is Greg, his old nemesis?
This book is a fascinating read, maybe my favorite from the first 3 I read in the series. Still funny with witty dialogues, the characters are developed even more, and the mystery is really strong here with a much more developed plot. I was practically sitting at the edge of my seat while reading this novel.
This book reminded more and more of his previous two stand-alone novels that are rather dark, gripping and full of suspense.
About to re-read fade away - one of my favorites in the series
Love This Myron Bolitar Quote
"So basically, that entire theory is blown to hell."
Not basically," Win corrected. "Entirely."
~Harlan Coben, Fade Away
Back Spin (Myron Bolitar Book #4)
Back Spin is his 4th Myron Bolitar book in order of publication. In this book the son of a prominent golfer star, Linda Coldren, is kidnapped and Myron has the job to find him and bring him back. I liked this book because it focused more on my secret crush, Win. It evolves around his family and his mother who is dying.
Also the kidnapped boy is related by marriage to him, and as he's not in speaking terms with his family, he doesn't want to touch the case with a foot pole. Oh and I forgot to mention Esperanza, the 'little' former female wrestler who gets a more prominent role in this book - I really like her too!
Full of wit, fun and crack-me up dialogues, this is still a serious crime mystery novel, which is what Harlan Coben does best.
One False Move (Myron Bolitar Book #5)
One False Move is the 5ths in the Harlan Coben books in order with Myron Bolitar as main hero. And here we're talking about basketball. And a beautiful woman. And Myron playing bodyguard.
I think what stood out for me in this book is how dark it really was. Don't get me wrong, there is still the humor and wit and lout out loud moments, however the entire story was darker and more sombre than the previous ones. I think also that's why I liked this book more than any of the before ones. Here we see change, something that Myron is not well accustomed to, but he has to adapt.
Here we have a love story full of dark holes, we have mafia, kidnapping and death - more of it than Myron would like to see. So far the best in the series, at least in my opinion.
A Short And Fun Interview With Harlan Coben About His Earlier Books - I love these interviews, they speak so much about the person behind the author
The Final Detail (Myron Bolitar Book #6)
The 6th book in the series follows Myron trying to free Esperanza, his petite aid (ex-wrestler) who's been arrested for the murder of an ex-baseball star who was pushing for a strong comeback. The main problem is that Esperanza doesn't want to help Myron help her.
She doesn't give him any information and rather goes to prison than telling him anything. In fact she doesn't want him anywhere near her during the entire trial. But of course, Myron can't stay away, he has to solve the case, even if the terrible secret that Esperanza holds in herself has to come out.
Every new book I read in the series made me like Myron and his gang even more. This one is gripping, it focuses more on Esperanza, and it focused more on Myron and Win working together to help her. Again I had a ton of laugh out loud moments here, the charm and wit of the dialogues is ever present.
I think this is one of the main reasons why I love this series - the fun is not forgotten while focusing on the seriousness of the plot. It's a great balance, one that Harlan Coben can juggle very well in his books.
"..."better to have loved and lost" bullshit. Don't show me paradise and then burn it down."— ~Harlan Coben
Darkest Fear - (Myron Bolitar Book #7)
Oh here the plot really thickens when Myron gets a bomb thrown at it out of nowhere. He finds out that he's just become a father...of a 13 year old boy who needs an urgent bone marrow transplant, else he will die. Talk about not one, but 3 bombs at the same time. When it rains, it pours...
In fact Jeremy Downing is the son of Myron's old nemesis, Greg, first featured in Fade Away (remember when Greg went missing and his basement was full of blood...). Apparently Jeremy was conceived the night before Emily would marry Greg. Emily was Myron's first serious love, but she left him for Greg.
It was still a great read, but I do remember that I didn't find it as gripping as the previous novels, despite the strong premise. It was just as witty and it's a great read, particularly if you like to learn more about the past of the main characters - you'll learn here about Myron plenty. Still worth reading.
Promise Me (Myron Bolitar Book #8)
The 8th book in the Myron Bolitar series, Promise Me starts a bit slow, but if you stick with it, it will really pick up and you'll be glad you stuck with it. Here is about the daughter of Myron's current passion and her friend. He is afraid that they would do something dumb like get in a car with a drunk driver, so he makes them promise that if any trouble is on the horizon, he'll be the first they would call.
Of course as expected, the call comes,he drives her where she wants to go and next day the girl conveniently disappears. And Myron is the last person to have seen her alive.
Now Myron is a suspect and of course, he works hard to find her and clear his name. A great plot, a great comeback from Harlan Coben, and a lot of wit and fun commentary from Myron - just what we're used to from the older books. Dark, yet funny, this is another fun book to pick up and read all in one sitting.
Harlan Coben books make for such great beach reads :)
Long Lost (Myron Bolitar Book #9)
Long Lost is about a long lost flame, one that Myron had with Terese Collins about 10 years ago after which she suddenly disappeared. Now she's calling him from France where she's been accused of murdering her husband. She tells him her tragic story how her daughter died in a car accident, and now her husband died too and asks Myron for help.
I think up so far this is the darkest of the Myron Bolitar series. There are some really strong twists and turns that leave you breathlessly flip pages. Torture, frozen embryos, CIA, Homeland Security and the Interpol are all involved, and Myron discovers that the Terese's daughter might not be dead at all. In this book Myron also ends up killing a major player in the story line and suddenly everyone is after him...
And yet against all this dark backdrop, the fun and light banter between Myron and Win is still there, and you still have those giggle moments that we're so used to. In all, I think it's a great book, one that is worth picking up if you haven't done it so far.
Live Wire (Myron Bolitar Book #10)
And here we have so far the last published Myron Bolitar book - I'm quite saddened that there hasn't been any new book in this series published after this one. Sure, I like the Mickey Bolitar series too, but my main love is Myron and his friend Win. Oh well...
Here we go back to the world of tennis, introducing also Facebook and the quest to finding out what happened with Myron's 15-yrs-gone brother. Initially, however, Myron is asked to look into the disappearance of the husband of Suzze T, a previous tennis star. While snooping around, he comes across his estranged sister in law, Kitty, and is determined to rekindle his family relationship with Kitty and his own brother, Brad.
What initially looks like two different story lines, they seem now to be connected. Plenty of twists and turns along the way, as we are already used to from these books, and the crack-me-up dialogue and narration doesn't get left behind. Myron is as usual helped by Win and Esperanza, and I truly love the banters between them.
Some people found this book rather weak and out of steam, but truly, I loved it just as much as I liked the previous ones. I'm so familiar with the characters already that I see this story as simply another exciting event in the lives of my favorite trio team with the usual suspense, giggle and excitement. I really hope there will be soon another Myron Bolitar book!
Who Is Your Favorite Character In The Myron Bolitar Series?
Who Is Your Favorite Character In The Myron Bolitar Series?
The Mickey Bolitar Series
Mickey Bolitar Series - An Overview Of The Books In The Proper Order
1. Shelter (Mickey Bolitar book #1) - the first book in the series, first published in 2011
2. Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar book #2) - the second book came out in 2012
3. Found (Mickey Bolitar book #3) - Found came out recently in 2014
Shelter (Mickey Bolitar Book #1)
Shelter is the first book by Harlan Coben geared towards a younger audience. In fact he's not the first mystery author to cater at some point to a young crowd as well with a new series featuring a younger relative of the main character. For example if you remember the Kathy Reichs series Bones featuring Temperance Brennan, in 2010 she started a new series as well featuring Tory Brennan, Tempe's niece with her own mystery adventures.
In this first book, Micky is Myron's nephew (the son of Brad) who comes to live with him after his dad died and his mom went to rehab. In fact Mickey Bolitar was first introduced in Live Wire, the 10th book in the Myron Bolitar series. Now Mickey has to go to a new school where he finds new friends, among them Ashley, who becomes his girlfriend, and who vanishes just like that. And it's up to Mickey and his two new friends, the outcast Spoon and the weirdly tattooed Emma, to find out what happened with Ashley.
Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar Book #2)
I've just finished reading the downloadable version of the book, since I didn't want to wait until it arrived in the post, and I have to say - it's awesome! Really. I didn't realize I'd enjoy so much reading a young adult novel. I think one of the things that draws me to this new 16 year old character is that he's like the spit image (in a younger version) of Myron.
I imagine that this is how Myron must have looked like and behaved when he was teen. He's courageous, full of heart and compassion and always wanting to help those in need.
In this second adventure Mickey, with his friends Spoon and Ema, has to uncover what happened to his friend Rachel. Great twists and turns, quite captivating and a lot of mystery and suspense, it is a book that sometimes makes you forget that you're actually reading the adventures of a young guy.
On the other hand I love it how Harlan Coben managed to so greatly write in the style of a teen, you're reading the book and it flows very naturally - you don't feel like an adult wrote a teen book. Really awesome and I'm looking now forward to the third book in the series, whenever that will be published - hopefully soon!
Found (Mickey Bolitar Book #3)
Did You Enjoy The Micky Bolitar Series?
Did You Enjoy The Micky Bolitar Series?
The Harlan Coben Stand Alone Novels
My Review Of The Harlan Coben Non-Series Books
I've read most of the standalone novels by Harlan Coben, and I've reviewed them below. As there are many books to write about, I've aligned them side by side - the order of the books follow from left down to right down (first column, and then second column)
* The Innocent
The Innocent is Harlan Coben's 7th stand alone thriller about a regular guy who becomes a killer almost by mistake. He pays for his sins, goes to the prison and when he comes out, he tries to pick up his life again. His wife is pregnant and they're looking for a new house for the new family when the wife goes on a trip and she sends him a message with a picture of a guy and her in a wig. Suddenly nothing is as it seems and the plot really gets to a point where you're left wondering 'what next'.
Harlan Coben definitely has the art of suspensful plot writing down pat. You're reading this book and practically every chapter ends up with a cliffhanger that pushes you to start the next chapter just to find out what comes now and what is the story of the wife anyway. Truly a brilliant page turner: dark, mysterious, focusing on average suburbia folks who are left to fend for themselves in a world of scare, terror, where the twists and turns come into their paths every step of the way. Literally.
* The Woods
This book starts out with a bang: 4 young campers walk in the woods and no one comes out...2 are dead and 2 disappeared. And that was only in the prologue. Now years after we're looking at Paul Copeland, a county prosecutor who is taking care of his daughter after his wife died of cancer.
He stumbles onto something that turned out to be related to that old murder in the woods. And again, this is is just the start of the book. The plot really thickens, the twists and turns are fast to come every few pages and the mystery gets deeper with every page. I find it amazing how Harlan Coben can dream up all these different facets of the story that make it a gripping read.
Again, it was one of my favorite stand alone books by Harlan Coben
* Hold Tight
Oh man, this is the story of the nightmare of every parent: having to trace the son's movements through the computer because they no longer trust him. That's the basic premise, but the actual story is so much more than that. Adam, the son of Mike and Tia, is preparing to go to a party with drinks and drugs.
The parents bug his computer with a spyware so they can keep track of him and prevent him from going to that party in the first place. Anyway, the guy goes off, and the parents soon learn that there is no party at all. So if there is no party, where is Adam?
Thus starts the chase of the father after his son, involving him almost getting killed. And that's not all. A parallel story emerges when one of their neighbors's son needs a kidney transplant and when the blood tests show that the father is not the actual father at all.
Again this is one heck of a story where you have to really think to keep the plots right. Yet they all mesh nicely together, so they're not disjointed stories at all. Really gripping and terrifying, this is a top notch thriller by Harlan Coben that is worth checking out if you haven't done it so yet.
Caught was published in 2010 and it's one of Harlan Coben's recent novels. Again it's about a regular suburbia family with a working mother and a teend daughter who intends to go off to college the next year. To make a long story short, the daughter disappears one night and so starts the major plot, which eventually breaks down in tons of mini-plots, as it is usual with Harlan Coben's book.
And each of these small plots is gripping and engaging, you simply want to know what happens next. This author is really a master at telling a story so terrifying that you want to leave open the lights if you read the book during the night, just in case...
Lots of adrenaline pumping and page turning until you finish the novel and the ending is ... well really surprising, at least it was for me, as I never saw it coming. When reading one of these novels I'm actually thinking whether I do like the Myron Bolitar series more or the stand alone novels. I'm still not quite sure...
* Stay Close
Stay Close is Harlan Coben's 11th standalone novel. As usual, the story involves a suburbia family, this time a soccer mom who is happy with a house of her own, two kids and the knowledge that she's made it. Until her past slips up to her and breaks havoc in her life.
Basically she was part of a murder story 17 years ago, along with 2 of her friends, and now she can't keep thinking about that past. And so are Ray and Broome, the other two parties involved in that old story. Of course it is expected that the story line brings all three together in a clash that opens up old wounds and creates new mysteries.
It is a real page turner, full of the usual twists and turns, and while by now we do know the style of formulaic writing by Harlan Coben, we can't stop from reading this last novel as well, all in one sitting while getting shocked every couple of pages. Overall a great read!
* Six Years (published 2013) - review coming soon
* Missing You (published 2014) - review coming soon
* The Stranger (coming 2015) - review coming soon
* Play Dead
Play Dead was the first novel written by the author Harlan Coben back in 1990. It was also the very first novel I read by him. Unlike his Myron Bolitar series which are funny and witty, the stand alone novels are different.
Much darker, more somber, it was a great read. Interestingly enough it still evolves around the sports industry. The main plot is about the girlfriend of a major basketball player who disappears (fakes his own death really), who is hell-bent on finding him.
Lots of interesting twists and turns in the plot, which hints of the next great books to come by Harlan Coben. Btw, Play Dead has been recently reissues, most probably because of the increasing fan base of this author.
* Miracle Cure
Miracle Cure was Harlan Coben's second book in order of publication, published in 1991. To me this book was more of a medical thriller than a regular mystery, going around the still very actual topic of AIDS, doctors trying to find a cure and of course, a killer who kills all the patients that seem to get better. I liked this book because I love reading medical thrillers, and this really kept me at the edge of my seat.
One thing to note is that if you've read the Myron Bolitar series and expecting the same wit and funny dialogue in the stand alone books by Harlan Coben, you will not find it. These books are written in a completely different, much more serious style, like the typical thrillers and hardcore mysteries.
* Tell No One
Tell No One is the third of Harlan Coben books in order of publication as stand alone books. I think so far this book was my favorite. The novels tells the story of Dr. David Beck who keeps rewinding the scenes when he last saw his wife at the lake. While everyone tells him to move on with his life as his wife is gone for good, he can't let it go - and with good right, as after 8 years he suddenly gets a message on his laptop screen...a message that only his wife could have written.
This is one of the very typical mystery novels that I so enjoy. Very well put together, very suspenseful which keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Also you'll notice if you read the books in order that this is much more polished, the writing is much better and less choppy, so to speak. I think this is the book that made many readers get hooked on Harlan Coben and searching for his other novels.
* Gone for Good
Gone for Good is his fifth stand alone novel, this time about two brothers, Will and Ken Klein. The main plot is about Will thinking all along the Ken is long dead, only to find proof that he might in fact be alive. Now in search for his long lost brother, Will comes across a lot of mysteries and puzzles to solve, and we're seeing twists and turn practically at each chapter.
I like it how the end of each chapter had a cliffhanger - just like the suspense TV series where you can't wait to watch the next week's episode.
A very fast paced thriller that shapes more and more Harlan Coben's writing.
* No Second Chance
No Second Chance is the next stand alone novel, published in 2003 for the first time. It is again one of my favorite novels by Harlan Coben. Here we find plastic surgeon Marc Seidman waking up at the hospital only to find out that his wife was killed and his daughter, Tara, has gone missing. He shortly receives a frightening message telling him that 'they' are watching and daughter is alive, but he should not contact the police if he ever wants to see her again.
With this starts a new gripping and extremely suspenseful story which really gets more and more complicated as we read along. The interesting thing here is that this book focuses on a regular guy who overnight has his life turned upside down and is left to find his way out of this mess searching for his daughter. Really a great read!
* Just One Look
Published in 2004 this is Harlan Coben's 6th stand alone book, again focusing on a regular person, a mother of two children who's life gets turned upside down one day when she sees an old photo with some guys along with her husband - before she even knew him.
When she shows him the photo, he takes off and simply disappears. Now Grace is left to find her husband and come out of this fearful and gripping situation alive.
A really unpredictable plot (at least for me), one that made me read the book within a day. A typical awesome thriller!
Did You Know
The book Tell No One was made into a French movie available at Amazon called in French Ne le dis Ã personne. During its first week of showing in cinemas it generated $17 million in sales!