Critics have claimed that New York Times Best Selling author Harlan Coben is witty. That actually IS an understatement. He has peppered his novel Long Lost with witty, sarcastic and some cool smart ass humor that would even make a hard core curmudgeon smile.
His characters are rich, deep and well thought out. His writing is racing along and then you get side swiped by a humorous statement and if you weren't laughing you could actually catch your breath. The plot is deep and keeps you guessing as this thriller moves along.
If there is a draw back, it would be in the fact that his hero and his cohort are Agents for Celebrities. They serve as Representatives and seem, at least to me, to be an awkward fit in the roll driven by the story. It is hard to see how a Celebrity/Sports Rep could be caught up in a terrorist plot this story offers.
Still, he does do it well and it is feasible in the way the story is told. So, although it sticks out like a sore thumb, it is something the reader can live with, because it sounds plausible.
Coben's main character, Myron Bolitar, gets a call from an old girl friend that he has strong feelings for and he is off an running to Paris to help her. Problem is, he has seen her in 10 years and she has a deep dark secret that Myron does not know about.
When he gets to France, he finds his old flame is embroiled and a suspect in a murder. This is complicated by her past and Myron's need to help her. Before he knows it, he is knee deep in international intrigue, terrorist and their hideous plot for waging war inside the USA.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly, because it isn't an ordinary read or an ordinary story. It is full of twist, humor, and intrigue that keeps you turning pages into the wee hours of the morning.