As a boy, Will Klein had a hero: his older brother, Ken. Then, on a warm suburban night in the Kleins'affluent New Jersey neighborhood, a young woman-- a girl Will had once loved-- was found brutally murdered in her family's basement. The prime suspect: Ken Klein. With the evidence against him overwhelming, Ken simply vanished. And when his shattered family never heard from Ken again, they were sure he was gone for good. Now eleven years have passed. Will has found proof that Ken is alive. And this is just the first in a series of stunning revelations as Will is forced to confront startling truths about his brother, and even himself. As a violent mystery unwinds around him, Will knows he must press his search all the way to the end. Because the most powerful surprises are yet to come. "From the Paperback edition."
"Coben, best known for his popular series of seven mysteries starring Harvard-educated sports agent/private eye Myron Bolitar, branched out from Renaissance man Bolitar to a quite ordinary hero in Tell No One [BKL My 1 01]. He returns with another stand-alone thriller exploring what happens when fate taps an ordinary guy on the shoulder, forcing him to turn detective. The hero, Will Klein, the director of a New York City foundation for runaway teenagers, has lived for 11 years with the knowledge of a runaway in his own family. His older brother is "gone for good" (family shorthand for dead), after the brutal slaying of their neighbor's daughter. Even with all the evidence pointing to the older brother, the family cannot accept that their golden boy, a handsome, brilliant tennis champ, committed the murder. Propelling the action here is Will's discovery, just after his mother's funeral, of a photograph that proves his brother is still alive. Just as he's absorbing this shocking fact, Klein's girlfriend disappears after police charge her with murder. Coben delivers far more than an absorbing mystery here. Through Klein, the psychological suspense turns on the question of guilt, surely, but also on the transcendence of familial love and forgiveness. Watching Klein decide among dangerous alternatives, as the clockwork plot keeps picking up speed, is breathtaking. --Connie Fletcher"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
""We never forget our first love. Mine ended up being murdered." Newcomers and fans alike will know they're deep in Coben country with the author's ninth book, in which a counselor of runaways with his own history of broken hearts and death finds himself caught in a web of lost identities, forgotten nemeses and smoldering grudges. Will Klein was a nice Jewish boy from a nice Jersey suburb until his ex-girlfriend was found strangled next door and his brother became an international fugitive. Eleven years later, as his mother succumbs to cancer, Will gets the deathbed confession that his brother, Ken, is alive; around the same time, his girlfriend, Sheila (herself a runaway with a "murky past"), disappears and a neighborhood psycho called the Ghost resurfaces. Will is yanked into an FBI investigation via his friend Squares (a yogi whose forehead tattoo carries multiple meanings), which jumbles up the aforementioned cast of characters with another mystery occurring in the Midwest. True to form, Coben keeps the plot twists coming fast and furious, and readers will give up trying to guess the outcome quite early on; yet the book's entertainment value lies less in its plot than its characters. From the New York streetwalker Raquel ("Many transvestites are beautiful. Raquel was not. He was black, six-six, and comfortably on the north side of three hundred pounds") to Belmont, Neb.'s Sheriff Bertha Farrow ("Murder scenes were bad, but for overall vomit-inducing, bone-crunching, head-splitting, blood-splattering grossness, it was hard to beat the metal-against-flesh effect of an old-fashioned automobile accident"), this title delivers. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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