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Looking for Recommendations of Books Using Coben-Like Theme of "Incident from 20 - 30 Years Ago Mysteriously Crops Up Again"

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Initial post: Apr 15, 2009 1:38:16 PM PDT
esb100 says:
I have really enjoyed the non-Bolitar Harlan Coben books, especially the theme of "An Incident from 20-30 Years Ago Mysteriously Crops Up Again." I am wondering if anyone can recommend titles by other authors which have used this theme. Thank you very much.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 11:05:41 AM PDT
K. Isaacson says:
How about IN THE WOODS, by Tana French? That deals with the current-day murder of a 12-year-old girl that has similarities with the disappearance of two children 20 years before.

Hope this helps.

Ken Isaacson
SILENT COUNSEL, a legal thriller

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 9:47:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2011 4:38:26 PM PDT
janebbooks says:
How about a disappearance 40 years ago? The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is such a book!
Absolutely the best thriller I have read since Greg Iles DEAD SLEEP. I could not put it down and read all 465 pages yesterday.
Unfortunately Tattoo's author had a heart attack after submitting a trilogy of thrillers. The next book in the trilogywill not be published in USA until July of 2009.
By the way, I read about 300 books a year!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2009 11:37:19 AM PDT
Two books by Diehl - Eureka and Thai Horse.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2009 7:01:18 PM PDT
JP O'Donnell says:
Hi esb100,
Fatal Gamble involves a group of doctors who form a partnership to construct a medical building; then 20 years later three of them are mysteriously murdered. Check out the reviews on amazon.
The sequel is Deadly Codes (currently ranked #1 of mystery books printed in the past 90 days when ranked by average customer review.)
Hope you enjoy them. I'm a big fan of Coben, myself.
JP O'Donnell

Posted on Apr 19, 2009 11:43:30 AM PDT
Lisa Gardner: Hide, The Other Daughter etc....

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 9:36:42 AM PDT
janebbooks says:
How could I forget MANNER OF DEATH by Stephen White. Don't know how long ago but here's the
synopsis of the book:
The deaths of the six men and women appeared to be bizarre accidents---until Dr. Alan Gregory
discovered the chilling link. Years before, each was involved in the psychology and psychiatry
training program at the University of Colorado. And each was the vistim of an ingeniously planned,
brilliantly executed murder.
Cold case mysteries/murder seem to be a constant theme in this page-turning series. And Stephen
White is still living and very prolific!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2009 10:16:10 AM PDT
K. Isaacson says:
If you'll reduce your time span to "10 years ago," there's GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN" by Phillip Margolin, about the murders of a New York woman and her daughter, in which a black rose and a note saying "Gone but not forgotten" are left with the bodies. Ten years later, women begin vanishing in Portland, Oregon, and left behind in each case are a black rose and a GBNF note.

Ken Isaacson
SILENT COUNSEL, a legal thriller

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 11:13:44 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 12:54:06 PM PDT
ginmar says:
Did you spam every topic in this forum? This makes ten

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 1:06:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2011 1:08:27 PM PDT
It's a common theme in thrillers, and one that (as a former history major) I love to read about... so many novels to mention...

A GRAVE TATTOO by Val McDermid
MYSTIC RIVER by Dennis Lehane
IN A DRY SEASON by Peter Robinson
DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn (although it wasn't 20 years before... less time... but a stunner anyway)
HARDBALL by Sara Paretsky (this was a little OVER 30 years.. maybe 40-50)

Well, that's a start. All of them great reading!
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