Supporting Character Takes the Lead

Win is the latest novel from perennial New York Times best-seller, Harlan Coben. This novel stars Windsor Horne Lockwood III, aka Win. He’s a well-off, bourgeois investment manager and financial advisor turned amateur enforcer. Win may look frail and weak from a distance, but he has skills that he has refined over the years. Win was a supporting character in Coben’s Myron Bolitar series. Unlike Myron, though, Win is pragmatic and ruthless. In this debut novel of our newest main character, Win is investigating a case involving his family.

Image courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

When the FBI calls Win to a crime scene inside a crowded apartment, there is a valuable painting that Win’s family once owned. In addition to the once-missing painting, a suitcase which had belonged to his cousin Patricia was also found. Twenty years ago, she had been kidnapped and held hostage for months before she managed to escape. The two crimes were never thought to be connected. Until now.

Win makes a relatable, albeit sometimes hard to like, narrator. The dialogue is organic and I admire the relationship between Win and his daughter. I believe the main character is introduced well for new readers and the case is an interesting one. The supporting characters, including Win’s family and his FBI mentor, are refreshing.

McAllen Public Library has Win available to borrow as an e-book.

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