Although he was born in Newark, New Jersey, Harlan Coben was raised in Livingston. He had a Jewish upbringing by the hands of his parents. He studied political science at Amherst. While at college he began to write, but went on to work in the travel industry for a company owned by his grandfather. Harlan Coben settled in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He is married to a pediatrician and have four children.
Harlan Coben has written two series, the Myron Bolitar series and the Mickey Bolitar series. He also writes many stand alone books.
Order of Harlan Coben Standalone Novels
|3||Tell No One||2001|
|4||Gone for Good||2002|
|5||No Second Chance||2003|
|6||Just One Look||2004|
|15||Fool Me Once||2016|
|16||Don't Let Go||2017|
Order of Myron Bolitar Series
|5||One False Move||1998|
|6||The Final Detail||1999|
Order of Mickey Bolitar Series
Order of Harlan Coben Childrens Books
|1||The Magical Fantastical Fridge||2016|
Harlan Coben is one of the most prolific writers working today. His books have been published in 43 languages and over 70 millions of those books are in print worldwide. He is not only one of the most prolific working writers, but also one of the most successful.
Interestingly, Harlan is not only known for his writing as he was a prolific athlete in his younger years. He was inducted into the Little League Baseball Hall of Excellence in 2013 and is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame from his playing days at Amherst College.
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF HARLAN COBEN BOOKS
Both the Myron Bolitar series and the Mickey Bolitar series chronological order is the same as the publication order. The standalone novels Harlan Coben wrote have no tie-ins with each other and can all be read separately.
Note that Mickey Bolitar first appears in Live Wire – so chronologically you would read up to Live Wire, then read Shelter, Seconds Away and Found before moving on to the next novel in the Myron series, Home.
HARLAN COBEN’S AWARDS
Harlan Coben has won several awards for his writing. Starting in 1996 he won Anthony Award in the category “Best Paperback Original” for his book Deal Breaker. Deal Breaker is the first volume of the Myron Boliar series. Fade Away won the 1997 Shamus Award and the Edgar Award for “Best Paperback Original. In 1998 Back Spin won the Barry Award. In 2010, Live Wire won the “World’s most lucrative crime fiction” award and the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing.
Internationally he has been awarded as well. In Spain he won the El Premio del Novela Negra RBA and he also won the CWA/ITV3 Bestseller Dagger in England for favorite crime novelist. Most impressively, he was awarded the Vermeil Medal of Honor in Paris. The medal is given for contributions to culture and society, it was awarded by the Mayor of Paris.
HARLAN COBEN’S BOOKS INTO MOVIES/TV
Harlan Cobens novel Tell No One was made into a movie in 2006 starring Francois Cluzet. The movie is in French.
Halen Coben also wrote the 10 episode miniseries The Five for UK TV. The Five is not based on a book.
The novel No Second Chance was made into a 6 episode miniseries in French. It was called Une chance de trop.
BEST HARLAN COBEN’S BOOKS:
Honestly practically every Harlan Coben book is excellent and worth reading. The “Myron Bolitar” series in particular is exceptional, as are all of Cobens standalone novels. Here are a few of the best Coben books which are standalone if you just want to jump right in:
Stay Close: The plot of Stay Close is one that many people could relate to – at least the beginning part. it features Megan who is your typical suburban mom – takes her kids to soccer, lives the boring suburban life. She had a wild side at one point but that’s all in the past. Until now. This book is a thriller and in traditional Coben fashion, takes you for a wild ride of twists and turns before leaving you with a highly satisfying conclusion.
Caught: The premise of Caught is simple – it features a reporter named Wendy Tynes whose job is taking down sex offenders using sting operations which are aired on TV. She catches what seems to be another sex offender in Dan Mercer, a social worker. However all is not what it seems as Mercers motivations appear different and it has Wendy questioning everyone around her.
No Second Chance: This is a book that grabs you right from the opening chapters. Marc Seidman, a doctor, is shot twice in a home assault which also sees his wife killed, and his baby daughter kidnapped. Seidman survives and then receives a ransom note and he’ll stop at nothing to get his daughter back.