Win

Win

Large Print - 2021
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing Large Print,, 2021
Edition: Large print edition, First edition
Description: 469 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781538706411
1538706415
Branch Call Number: LP Cobe
Additional Contributors: Coben, Harlan, 1962- Win

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heinlech
Jul 11, 2021

I would like to address the comment from ddolfing below: In the future, please mark your review with *spoiler alert*. I am 2/3 finished with this book and you ruined it for me in just the fourth sentence of your very long synopsis.

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WalnutParkReader
Jun 26, 2021

As a fan of the Myron Bolitar series I was excited at the prospect of getting inside the head of Win's character. It turns out the inside of his head is very much like the inside of his friend Myron's. Only more snide. And less funny. If you set aside the fact that this is supposed to be the enigmatic Win it's a slightly enjoyable read. But I can't help but feel that Mr. Coben did his fans a disservice with this book.

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drjoanv
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

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clw_KCLS
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

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nannerl
May 17, 2021

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

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writermala
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.

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NedSu
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.

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10Genie15
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.

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lupodog
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.

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Melipl
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.

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