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"Over twenty years ago, the heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family's estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors -- and the items stolen from her family were never recovered. Until now. On the Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead -- not only on Patricia's kidnapping, but also on another FBI cold case -- with the suitcase and painting both pointing them toward one man. Windsor Horne Lockwood III -- or Win, as his few friends call him -- doesn't know how his suitcase and his family's stolen painting ended up with a dead man. But his interest is piqued, especially when the FBI tells him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism -- and that the conspirators may still be at large. The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades, but Win has three things the FBI doesn't: a personal connection to the case; an ungodly fortune; and his own unique brand of justice"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2021
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781538748213
Characteristics: 375 pages


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Jun 10, 2021

Good book. Little different writing than his other books. Win is rich and doesn't care about hurting bad people. In the end Patricia, Win's cousin is the one who steals the Vermeer and Picasso and finds negatives of Aldrich's victims in the paintings. She killed her father who was a pediofilia. He keeps his victims in the Hut of Horrors. Patricia makes up the story that she is abducted and goes through all this ordeal of sexual assault. She knows the many victims of her dad's. The Jane Street Six consisted of 6 college kids - Ry Strauss who was the leader and who threw the molotov cocktail, Arlo Sugarman shot the police out of defense. The police came up on him from the back and shot him, but the bullet missed and Arlo shot back killing the policeman. PT, Win's friend,made the mistake of not backing up the policeman , Patrick O'Malley and he has been guilty ever since. Patrick O'Malley may have been overzealous since they were the Jean Street Six and he wanted to be a hero. Arlo Sugarman loved the priest Calvin Sinclair and he said he was already dead from lung cancer. Arlo was behind the plan but he didn't throw the explosive. Lionel Underwood the black man did not throw the molotov cocktail but he is killed by Leo Sstaunch , Lake Davies - the only woman who turns herself in and since she is jailed tells on everyone else. She's released but changes her name and identity. Billy Rowan and Edie Parker are killed by Vanessa Hogan by luring them to her house and killing Billy with a baseball bat, then goes to the place where Edie is waiting for Billy and kills her. She does it to avenge the death of her son, Frederick. Patricia steals the Vermeer - Ian Cornwell is set up by Belinda ( Patricia) by doing secret trysts in the museum. She shows up one night with a guy and steals the paintings.She puts the negatives of her dad's victims in the back of the paintings. She threatens Ian with his life if he tells. He keeps his secret but doesn't really know that Belinda is Patricia. Leo Staunch wants revenge for Ry killing his daughter, Sophia so he sets out to kill all the Jean Street gang. Uncle Nero Staunch was going to avenge Sophia's death. Ema, Win's daughter, who has had no relationship shows up and wants to know what her father does. They seem to hit it off and Win is guilty he hasn't been a good father to her. Vanessa also kills Ry Strauss disguised as a man. Rich Aldrich throws the second explosive besides Ry Strauss - Patricia's dad. He was one of the Jane Street Six, which no one realized. Win's father put him in hiding as well as Ry for throwing the cocktails, plus his peeping Tom syndrome. He cut ties with his brother. She was in cahoots with Ry to steal the paintings. Her father ranted and raved about Win's father throwing him out of the family and he wanted what was rightly his - the paintings so they planned to steal them. The butterfly - Patricia has it on her body as a tattoo, and on Ry's corpse. It meant the goddess Abeona, of rescuing the young. Aldrich hid the negatives in the paintings and Patricia finds them. Patricia is told to run away by Aline, her mom in case the police would find her. She ran to Ry for help and took the suitcase. But Ry was crazy by now so she ran away. She was protected by her Gandmama. She eventually opened up the Abeona Shelter to make up for what her father did to those girls.

Jun 08, 2021

I have read all the Harlan Coben books but I really disliked this one. Is the main character, Win, intended to be Coben's alter ego? That is, extremely wealthy and "hot" for any available women? Where is the good mystery story line? I returned it early.

What a waste of time

May 19, 2021

I've long been a fan of Myron Bolitar's best pal, the enigmatic Win. There was always just enough of him that I wanted more. Like the proverbial 'bad boy' every teenage girl wants, when you get too much of Win he begins to grate a bit on your last nerve.

I think part of the problem is that the narrative of 'Win' is spoken by Win. He seems not to be able to stop over-explaining his own point of view with too much hubris and entitlement. This is unattractive.

What Win lacks is a balance to his hubris. Myron provided that to Win and it is sorely lacking in this novel.

I will say that I still appreciate Win's loyalty to his friends and his family. In many ways he is an honorable guy. . . just in the very bad boy, acting outside the law vigilante sort of way as he pats himself on the back for it while flaunting his rarefied wealth.

Win needs some work without Myron. Will I give Win another chance? Sure! I don't give up on an author or his characters that easily after 21 years.

4 Stars

May 17, 2021

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Win is an interesting character, both hard to like and hard to dislike.

May 16, 2021

Domestic Terrorism, Murder and Kidnapping; this book has it all. The book starts with WIN being questioned in connection with the murder of a man in whose home Win's family's Vermeer painting and a crested suitcase is found. Th FBI is investigating but Win has three things the FBI doesn't: a personal connection to the case; an ungodly fortune; and his own unique brand of justice. A surprise ending and an eminently readable book.

May 09, 2021

I feel like this book is a by product of a bet he made- and we lost. Win is a presence in the Myron Bolitar books, but is best take in small doses. Corben seems to have wearied over the Bolitar novels so perhaps his muses told him to write about Win and only mention Bolitar in passing. To amuse himself, Corben must have decided to create the mos repulsive protagonist he could conjure up. Win has no socially redeeming values, his deeds and actions are deliberately cruel or violent.

The result of this bet is a Harlan Corben story that suffers from that conceit. Even the plot as it develops is telegraphed so the reader figures the twists and turns out pretty quickly, and there is no surprise at the ending.

May 02, 2021

I have read most of Harlan Coben's books, but I could not read beyond the first 70 pages. Very disappointed with the content. I wanted a good mystery and waited a long time for it. It started out as usual setting the scenes and characters. Then it got very sordid with his personal life and psychotic behavior. I returned it.

Apr 24, 2021

I haved loved all his books and was really looking forward to reading Win but it was a struggle. Too many characters to remember who was who. After getting through three quarters of the book I jumped to the final two chapters to end the story. It may be someone elses challenge but it was too intense for me.

Apr 16, 2021

I have always been a great fan of Harlan Coban but this one doesn't come close to what I
have been accustomed to read. He totally missed the mark with this one. I loved all of the other books he has done but I think this time that he ran out of an interesting story. Maybe he will get back on track with his next book.

Apr 13, 2021

I loved this book from the beginning to the end. For the 142 people who are waiting to read this will not be disappointed. Enjoy.

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