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Think Twice (Myron Bolitar, #12) was the most recently released book by Harlan Coben, on May 14th, 2024.

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Harlan Coben Stats: The highest rated book by Harlan Coben on Book Notification is Found, the 3rd novel in the Mickey Bolitar series. The second-highest rated book is No Second Chance, a Standalone novel.

The most read book by Harlan Coben on Book Notification is Deal Breaker, the first novel in the Myron Bolitar series. The second most read book is Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar #2).

Below is a complete list of Harlan Coben books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series.

List of Myron Bolitar Books in Publication Order

The Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben follows a sports agent who solves mysteries. It's full of suspense, twists, humour, and action. Great for those who love a good detective story.

List of Mickey Bolitar Books in Publication Order

This series featured Myron's nephew, Mickey. He is a high school student solving crimes, dealing with family secrets, and facing personal challenges. It's a mix of mystery and drama for young adults.

List of Windsor Horne Lockwood III Books in Publication Order

This series features Myron's sidekick, Win. A around a wealthy aristocrat solving crimes and uncovering dark family secrets, blending mystery with elements of thriller and drama.

List of Wilde Books in Publication Order

The Wilde series by Harlan Coben features a man raised in the wilderness who solves mysteries in the modern world, uncovering secrets and navigating complex relationships.

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

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List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Picture Books in Publication Order

List of Harlan Coben Anthologies in Publication Order

Harlan Coben: Biography

Harlan Coben was born on January 4th, 1962 and is currently 62 years old. Harlan Coben was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA. Coben attended Amherst College where he Studied Political Science.

Harlan Coben is probably best known for his Standalone Novels. There are currently 18 novels available. The first standalone was released in 1990 with the novel Play Dead. The most recently released novel was I Will Find You which was released in 2023. There are no upcoming standalone novels by Harlan at this time.

Harlan Coben has also written the Myron Bolitar series which has 12 books including Deal Breaker and Drop Shot.

Don't Let Go was listed as one of the Best Suspense Thrillers in 2017 by The Real Book Spy calling it "a fast-moving plot make this a white-knuckle read that's nearly impossible to put down". It also made their list of Best Plot Twists of the year. In 2019 Run Away made their Top 5 Suspense Thrillers list.

Harlan Coben: Awards & Accolades

Harlan Coben has won multiple awards including: The Crime Thriller Awards, ITV3 Writer's Award for Favourite Crime Genre Author, in 2009 and the International Thriller Writers Award, Silver Bullet Award, in 2019. Harlan Coben was also nominated for the Crime Thriller Awards, ITV3 Crime Thriller Living Legends, in 2013.

Coben's books have also won multiple awards, Deal Breaker won the Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original, in 1996. Fade Away won the Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original, in 1997 as well as the Shamus Award - Best P.I. Paperback Original in 1997. Back Spin won the Barry Award, Best Paperback Original, in 1998.

The following novels by Harlan Coben were also nominated for these awards:

  • Deal Breaker: Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original (1996).
  • Fade Away: Barry Award, Best Paperback Original (1997). Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original (1997). Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (1997).
  • Back Spin: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Paperback Original (1998). Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (1998).
  • A Simple Philosophy: Agatha Award, Best Short Story (1998). Macavity Award, Best Short Story (1999). Anthony Award, Best Short Story (1999).
  • Tell No One: Hugo Award, Best Novel (2002). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2002). Barry Award, Best Novel (2002). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2002). Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (2002).
  • Gone for Good: Nero Award, Best Mystery Novel (2003).
  • The Woods: Crime Writer's Association Award, Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award (2007).
  • Hold Tight: International Thriller Writers Award, Best Thriller Of The Year (2009).
  • Long Lost: International Thriller Writers Award, Best Hardcover Novel (2010).
  • Caught: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (2011).
  • Live Wire: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2011).
  • Shelter: Agatha Award, Best Children’s/Young Adult (2011).
  • Stay Close: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2012).
  • Seconds Away: Agatha Award, Best Children’s/Young Adult (2012).
  • Six Years: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2013).
  • Found: Agatha Award, Best Children’s/Young Adult (2014).
  • Missing You: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2014).
  • The Stranger: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2015). Hammett Prize, Best Crime Novel (2015).
  • Fool Me Once: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2016).
  • Home: Nero Award, Best Mystery Novel (2017).
  • Run Away: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2019).
  • The Boy from the Woods: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2020).

Harlan Coben: Lists & Other Mentions

  • Hold Tight was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2008.
  • Long Lost was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2009.
  • Caught was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2010.
  • Live Wire was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2011.
  • Six Years was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2013.
  • Missing You was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2014.
  • Fool Me Once was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2016.
  • The Boy from the Woods was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2020.
  • Win was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2021.
  • The Match was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2022.
  • I Will Find You was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2023.
  • Think Twice was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2024.

Harlan Coben: TV/Movies Based on Books

Harlan Coben has had multiple books made into TV mini-series for Netflix. His novel "Hold Tight", published in 2008, was released on Netflix in April of 2022. It is a 6 episode series in Polish.

The 2012 novel "Stay Close" was released as an 8 episode TV series for Netflix in December, 2021. It is in English, and stars the likes of Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt and Richard Armitage.

The 2002 novel "Gone for Good" was released on Netflix in August 2021. It is 5 episodes long, and is in French.

The 2005 novel "The Innocent" was released on Netflix as an 8 episode mini series in April 2021. It is in Spanish.

"The Woods", a standalone novel written in 2005 by Harlan Coben, was released on Netflix in Polish in June 2020 as a 6 episode series.

"The Stranger", released in 2015 as a novel, was converted into a TV mini-series for Netflix on January 30, 2020. It stars Richard Armitage and Hannah John-Kamen.

"Just One Look" was a 2017 series released on French based on the 2004 novel. "No Second Chance" is a 2015 French mini series released based on the novel.

Harlan Coben has also written TV series that are not based on his novels, for Netflix. They include "Safe", which is an 8 episode UK drama series starring Michael C. Hall from "Dexter" fame, and The Five, which was a 10 episode UK crime drama released in 2016.

The novel "Tell No One" by Harlan Coben was converted to the big screen as a movie in 2006. it is in French, and stars Kristen Scott Thomas and Francois Cluzet.

Related Authors

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Harlan Coben are:

  1. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  2. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  3. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  4. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.
  5. James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross Series.

Harlan Coben: F.A.Q

When was Harlan Coben Born? How old is Harlan Coben?

Harlan Coben was born on January 4th, 1962. Harlan Coben is currently 62 years old.

Where was Harlan Coben Born?

Harlan Coben was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA and is American.

What awards has Harlan Coben won?

Harlan Coben has won the following awards: ITV3 Writer's Award for Favourite Crime Genre Author at the Crime Thriller Awards (2009) and the Silver Bullet Award at the International Thriller Writers Award (2019).

What book awards has Harlan Coben won?

Deal Breaker: Anthony Award Best Paperback Original (1996).
Fade Away: Edgar Award Best Paperback Original (1997), Shamus Award Best P.I. Paperback Original (1997).
Back Spin: Barry Award Best Paperback Original (1998).

What was the first book Harlan Coben wrote?

The first novel written by Harlan Coben was Play Dead, published in 1990.

What was the most recent book Harlan Coben wrote?

His most recently released work was Think Twice on May 14th, 2024.

Will there be any more books by Harlan Coben?

Harlan Coben does not have any upcoming books with a set publication date within the next few months at this time.

How many books has Harlan Coben written?

Harlan Coben has written 38 books. 12 books in the Myron Bolitar Series, 3 books in the Mickey Bolitar Series, 1 book in the Windsor Horne Lockwood III Series, 2 books in the Wilde Series, 18 Standalone Novels, 1 Short Story/Novella, 1 book in the Picture Books.

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    Dave W.
    Dave W.
    2 years ago

    Just recently read Win. I really like Windsor Lockwood as a side character, but not sure I feel the same way about him as the main character within the book.

    Characters have to be likeable and unfortunately Win all over the place is not a likeable character – especially hearing his inner narrative.

    Also all the pining for Myron. Ugh. Got sick of that after awhile to be honest.

    Hopefully Harlan goes back to the Myron Bolitar series soon.

    In saying that I did think the book was quality and better than his recent ones. Just Win as main character = no no.

    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    Harlan Coben is simply one of the greats today. It doesn’t matter if it’s a stand alone, or part of the “Myron Bolitar” series, he always delivers.

    I first read “The Woods” (still his best book) after picking it up at the library and I’ve loved his work ever since.

    He pulls you in with his opening sentences, dropping hints about what’s to come, and delivering some stellar twists, letting you know that absolutely nothing is like it seemed before.

    And since the main character that is narrating is usually in the dark, it’s like we’re along for the ride along side, as they try to figure things out.

    Debra14
    Debra14
    Reply to  Austin D.
    12 days ago

    Oh, I agree one hundred percent! With his newest book, Think Twice, we also become the killer as he/she thinks about his next victim and how to proceed. Excellent writing!

    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    Harlan Coben is a literary inspiration and regardless of whether I am reading his young adult, suspense, or mystery works I have always been blown away by how good he is at crafting a good story.
    My first brush with Coben’s works was when I watched The Woods and was so enthralled that I knew I had to find the novel on which it was based on. Since then I have been a huge fan of his works.
    My favorite Harlan Coben work though has to be the Myron Bolitar series. Bolitar the lead is such a lovable agent as he takes care of the wants and needs of his clients and never exploits them as compared to the larger agencies.
    Since he cares so much for his clients he often finds himself working as an accidental detective which makes for some captivating stories.

    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    I love Harlan Coben’s work, but my top pick is The Stranger, although Stay Close was also thrilling.
    You can watch The Stranger adaptation on Netflix.
    If you enjoy neo-noir thrillers, you should also check other novels such as Tell No One which was adapted to a French neo-noir thriller movie
    He uses a lot of suspense and emotional insights to explore the secrets and little lies that destroy most relationships, families, and even communities.
    I didn’t particularly appreciate how the ‘Stranger’ tells Adam Price a provocative secret about his wife.
    As one of the loyal fans, I look forward to reading and watching more of Harlan Coben’s work in the future.

    Kyler F
    Kyler F
    2 years ago

    High on the list of top thriller writers today is Harlan Coben, whose taut writing and intriguing characters, as well as the twists and turns expected of this genre, make for quick and energetic reading. His stand-alone novels are always worth seeking out, and his Myron Bolitar series is also recommended. Although there have been a few adaptations of his work, most of them are in French; the Netflix show The Stranger is about the only exception (this series is well worth checking out as well). I always look forward to Coben’s latest release, and hopefully will do so for some time to come. 

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    I re-read ‘Tell No One’ the other day, and it justified my obsession with Harlan Coben. The book is far better than I remember. I love looking at this list and noticing how extensive his bibliography has become.

    I want to re-read everything he’s written thus far, which doesn’t make sense because there are so many new books on the market today. But I remember having such an incredible time with the author’s work. After a difficult start to 2022, I want to return to familiar ground.

    Harlan rarely disappoints me. Also, I haven’t read his work in such a long time that some of the novels on this list are practically new to me.

    Denis M
    Denis M
    9 months ago

    If you enjoy humour, arrogance and a touch of irreverence and sarcasm you will indeed enjoy the Myron Bolitar series as well as the newer Win novel. Harlan Coben’s work keeps me turning the pages. Highly recommended.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    7 months ago

    I just finished the short Mickey Bolitar series. I enjoyed reading it. I especially enjoyed the random facts that Coben threw in the books by way of the unique character Spoon.

    johnrizzi@gmail.com
    johnrizzi@gmail.com
    6 months ago

    I’m very happy to see that another Myron Bolitor is coming in 2024.

    linda
    linda
    5 months ago

    Coben is the best. Never disappointed with his books. Can’t even tell you what is a favorite. I am so glad Netflix is making his books into series. They are the best.

    waterburg72
    waterburg72
    4 months ago

    THE STRANGER – This is my first Harlan Coben book I have read. Many of the books I read have been recommended by family, friends, on-line book sites. I can’t remember where I saw this book as a recommendation.  

    Reading this book was like a rollercoaster ride. Mostly up and down up and down and finally straightening out. The first chapter had me hooked, but there were chapters that had me wondering what I was reading and why. I’m glad I stuck with the book. It was a decent read after all. I’ve read better, but then again, I’ve read waaaaaaay worse.

    azangie
    azangie
    2 months ago

    I’ve read many of Harlan Coben’s books and have never been disappointed. Back Spin continues this. Great characters and interesting story.

    Pam
    Pam
    1 month ago

    Loved Harlan’s Myron Bolitar Series. Was disappointed when he left it behind. Really didn’t care for his other books. Order of Books newsletter just announced that he has a new Myron coming out later in May. I never read Home in 2016 so went back yesterday and picked up a copy. Almost done with it and am glad I am getting reacquainted with Myron and Win. Will be ready for the new one in a couple of weeks.

    Pam
    Pam
    1 month ago

    I’ve missed the Myron Bolitar series. When Mr. Coben came out with standalones, I just didn’t enjoy them. I’m not sure why I didn’t read Home when it came out since it was part of the series I enjoyed so much, but I just stopped reading them. Last week, I was reminded about the series since number 12 in the series is out in a few days. Picked up Home and I was transported to Myron and Win’s world. Thanks to Orderofbooks.com newsletter for reminding me of the series. Looking forward to number 12 in a few days. Keep up the great work!

    Denis M
    Denis M
    22 days ago

    I just finished The Woods. Not my favourite Coben novel, but let’s if the Polish Netflix adaptation is any better.

    dumetella
    dumetella
    21 days ago

    I gave up on Harlan Coben in 2017 when I DNF’d “Don’t Let Go.” Then I found out about Myron #12 and I knew I had to read it. I’m so happy to say this book was exceptional. I got hooked right from the start and I finished in two days. Harlan Coben is back on my author list.

    Graeme
    Graeme
    Admin
    Reply to  dumetella
    21 days ago

    Great to hear. I swore off Harlan after “I Will Find You”. The writing was beyond horrific. But the Myron book has dragged me back in as well 🙂

    Denis M
    Denis M
    19 days ago

    Just finished Hold Tight. A little incredulous as a story. I’m starting to feel like some of the other readers who have abandoned Harlan Coben. If it gets to that point maybe I’ll take on the last Myron novel to get back into him as others have done.

    PeachTree
    PeachTree
    16 days ago

    Harlan Coben has millions of books in print and his works have been published all over the world in many different languages. This popularity is easy to understand when you pick up one of his books and start reading it. Lots of his works have been adapted for Netflix, too, so it’s fun to pick up one of his stories and then tune in to see how the adapted work represents the story.

    A good story to check out by Coben is The Boy from the Woods, the first in the Wilde series. Wilde was a boy who was discovered in the woods with no memory of his past. Now an adult, Wilde’s case is brought to mind again when another child goes missing and he begins working on the case. A great mystery read that I really enjoyed and you probably will too!

    Debra14
    Debra14
    12 days ago

    Mr. Coben never disappoints! I read many thriller/detective procedural authors. Many of my favorites have a long process whereby they follow clues to discover the killer. Sometimes, this part gets boring to read but I have to plod through all of that to follow the clues. Mr. Coben does the same but for some reason, his books never get boring! Even the “follow the clues” parts. I enjoy every word! I wonder why he succeeds in keeping me interested with every sentence? Anybody have any thoughts?

    Denis M
    Denis M
    10 days ago

    I just finished Caught. Another example of parents that will do anything for their kids. An interesting read nonetheless.

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