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A gripping tale DAILY MIRROR SHELTER will introduce a whole new generation of fans to the humorous dialogue and clever plotting of his popular suspense thrillers. TAKE A BREAK --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

International bestselling author Harlan Coben’s last seven novels, The Woods, Promise Me, The Innocent, Just One Look, No Second Chance, Gone for Good, and Tell No One have appeared at the top of all the major bestseller lists, including The New York Times, Book Sense, The Times (London), Le Monde, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many others throughout the United States and the world. His most recent book The Woods (2007) was a bestseller on lists across the country including USA Today, Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Nielsen Bookscan and Entertainment Weekly. Promise Me and The Woods were both named one of the best thrillers of the year by Library Journal. Coben’s books are published in 38 languages and have 40 million copies in print world wide. His new novel, Hold Tight, will be published in the U.S. on April 15, 2008.

In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven whodunit books Coben moved away from Myron Bolitar. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Tell No One, which has been credited by many as reinventing the thriller and which became the most decorated thriller of 2001 – nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, a Macavity, a Nero, and a Barry; winner of the Audie award for Best Audio Mystery/Suspense Book; and a #1 hardcover book on the Book Sense 76 list. Coben followed the success of Tell No One with the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Gone For Good (2002), No Second Chance (2003), Just One Look (2004), The Innocent (2005), Promise Me (2006) and The Woods (2007).

Coben’s unique take on the American dream has struck an international chord. Bookspan, recognizing his broad appeal, named No Second Chance its first ever International Book of the Month in 2003.

Since 1995, Harlan Coben has won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus Award, and the Anthony Award – the first writer to win all three. In 2004 he was shortlisted for the Author of the Year Award for the British Book Awards, dubbed “The Oscars of the Book Trade.” He was the first American to make the list.

Tell No One, Coben's first stand alone novel, was released as a film in France in 2006. A runaway smash, Tell No One has grossed over $32 million in France and Variety called the film, "a sharp, efficient package." Tell No One was directed by Guillaume Canet (Mon Idole), and features an all-star cast including Kristin Scott Thomas (Gosford Park), Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can), and Marie-Josée Croze (Munich). The movie will be released in theaters in the US in the summer of 2008. FOX TV has purchased the rights to Coben’s popular Myron Bolitar series for a pilot by Bones creator-executive producer Hart Hanson.

A graduate of Amherst College, Harlan Coben was born and raised in New Jersey, where he still lives with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben. Harlan and Anne have four young children and two dogs.




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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Mickey Bolitar Novel (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256509
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (512 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I began this book knowing full well it was aimed at the young adult market, but being such a devotee of Harlan Coben's writing I figured it wouldn't steer me wrong. The first half of the book didn't disappoint - sure, there are a lot of high school clichés, but you have to remember who this book is aimed at. Unfortunately, as we turned past the halfway mark (I think it was when the word "Auschwitz" was mentioned) things also took a turn for the worse.

Mickey Bolitar is, funnily enough, a teenage version of his Uncle Myron. He knows how to fight, how to play ball, how to "win" the ladies over with dry humour. It's enough to get you through the pages, but it was Mickey being thrust in very tough, adult situations which really put me off this book. Whilst I think Coben did a good job creating the character (and a few clichéd supporting characters), his plot got ahead of himself and he created the most ridiculous scenarios imaginable. I don't think I would have put up with it had it been Myron and Win, let alone the teenage Mickey. In fact, it made things worse: having dangerous and seedy adult characters taking a teenager as a serious threat and trying to beat him within an inch of his life.

Harlan Coben is a great writer, and there was a lot of potential in this Mickey Bolitar series. I felt he was trying to recreate Myron's heyday through Mickey and just lost the plot. It didn't need to be so complicated (in fact, it should have been considerably LESS complicated, considering it is designed for young adults) and it was so far-fetched it was ridiculous. Even though Coben's writing is just good enough to get you through to the end, he really disappoints by setting up a far-fetched and not-at-all gripping cliffhanger that leaves you losing all respect you might have managed to gain for this series.
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Shelter is published as a teen novel, but I thought it was a pretty good adult read. Harlen Coben introduced Mickey Bolitar in Live Wire and now gives him his own story. He is a bright, energetic, high school student who is having a really bad year. He has witnessed his father's death and is now dealing with his mother's drug addiction. Forced to live with his uncle Myron he starts the school term by meeting an enchanting girl, Ashley, who quickly becomes his girlfriend. Just as quickly she goes missing without a trace. Working with some quirky new friends he has made at school Mickey tries to find Ashley. He uncovers a conspiracy and along the way finds out some things that cause him to question his father's death.

The writing is good, the wry humor that Coben is noted for is fully present and actually sounds realistic coming from a teenage boy. The plotting is also good; the action moves right along. I think this will be a successful series for Coben and will bring new young readers to the mystery genre. Mystery lovers of all ages should enjoy!
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I went into this understanding the target market, but I'm a Coben addict and needed a fix. Besides, I was a huge fan of the Hardy Boys, Rick Brant, et al.

The book opens with some new-kid-in-school clichés, with a few characters of similar stripe, but skillfully sets the stage with suspense. At this point, the plot flirts with improbability, but this is a work of fiction. If it had maintained that course, all would've turned out well. Unfortunately, the only line followed was wallowing in the banal stereotyping, while the plot veers off the road into a ditch of the inane.

Mickey's worldly upbringing might explain some of his reasoning. But the rest is much more like a 41 year old instead of 14. As for his cohorts, you have two callow social outcasts, one embittered with the world, and a rich queen bee. Their concerns are going to extend beyond iPods and American Eagle to reach risking life and limb for a girl they hardly know? Not bloody likely. They're chomping at the bit to bust into a strip bar in the heart of Newark to take on a gang of professional thugs? I grew up in the area and ran with a reckless crew. And yet, extrapolating forward in time, we wouldn't have even driven through Newark at 90 mph in an armored Hummer with close air support to get backstage passes to a Lady Gaga concert. But these weenies are going to go commando against armed professional criminals to rescue a cypher. Right.

The man in the black car, county law enforcement officer, etc. act with the same dearth of logic. Logistics don't even fit. As example, Mickey leaves Rachel's house for Newark with Myron in hot pursuit and aided by a tracker. And yet, Myron doesn't arrive until well after the action has concluded.
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I read this book this weekend and have been dying to review it. I loved it! Harlan Coben never really disappoints me, and this book stayed true to form. If you read his last book, Live Wire we were introduced to Myron's nephew Mickey. His father has just died and his mother is struggling with addiction. Mickey is forced to stay with Myron (against his wishes)while his mother works on getting clean. Mickey is definitely a chip off the old block- he is a younger version of Myron who gets into the same kinds of trouble. A friend of his from high school disappears and Mickey feels compelled to find her. During his search he makes friends with 2 social outcasts, is told that his father might not be dead after all (!!), solves a few old mysteries, and leaves us wanting more, more, more. This book is being billed as a teen novel, but it will appeal to readers of all ages. The story line is filled with the same clever lines that we all love from Myron, Mickey is a loveable teenager dealing with unimaginable circumstances, and the novel has has fun twists and turns that Harlan is known for. And this is obviously going to be a new series which thrills me! Hurry up Harlan, I really need to know what Mickey is in store for next. And while you're at it, please give me a new Myron Bolitar book- I'm needy!!
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