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Darkest Fear: A Novel

by Harlan Coben

Random House Publishing Group | May 8, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben brings us his most astonishing-and deeply personal-novel yet. And it all begins when Myron Bolitar''s ex tells him he''s a father ... of a dying thirteen-year-old boy.

Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing''s news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant-from a donor who has vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shocker: The boy is Myron''s son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man.

Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor. But finding him means cracking open a dark mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. Somewhere in the sordid mess is the donor who disappeared. And as doubts emerge about Jeremy''s true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of heartbreaking truth and chilling revelation.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: May 8, 2001

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440235391

ISBN - 13: 9780440235392

Found in: Suspense, Suspense

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Darkest Fear: A Novel

Darkest Fear: A Novel

by Harlan Coben

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: May 8, 2001

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440235391

ISBN - 13: 9780440235392

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An hour before his world exploded like a ripe tomato under a stiletto heel, Myron bit into a fresh pastry that tasted suspiciously like a urinal cake. "Well?" Mom prompted. Myron battled his throat, won a costly victory, swallowed. "Not bad." Mom shook her head, disappointed. "What?" "I''m a lawyer," Mom said. "You''d think I''d have raised a better liar." "You did the best you could," Myron said. She shrugged and waved a hand at the, uh, pastry. "It''s my first time baking, bubbe . It''s okay to tell me the truth." "It''s like biting into a urinal cake," Myron said. "A what?" "In men''s public bathrooms. In the urinals. They put them there for the smell or something." "And you eat them?" "No--" "Is that why your father takes so long in there? He''s having a little Tastykake? And here I thought his prostate was acting up." "I''m joking, Mom." She smiled through blue eyes tinged with a red that Visine could never hope to get out, the red you can only get through slow, steady tears. Normally Mom was heavily into histrionics. Slow, steady tears were not her style. "So am I, Mr. Smarty Pants. You think you''re the only one in this family with a sense of humor?" Myron said nothing. He looked down at the, uh, pastry, fearing or perhaps hoping it might crawl away. In the thirty-plus years his mother had lived in this house, she had nev
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From the Publisher

Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben brings us his most astonishing-and deeply personal-novel yet. And it all begins when Myron Bolitar''s ex tells him he''s a father ... of a dying thirteen-year-old boy.

Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing''s news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant-from a donor who has vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shocker: The boy is Myron''s son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man.

Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor. But finding him means cracking open a dark mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. Somewhere in the sordid mess is the donor who disappeared. And as doubts emerge about Jeremy''s true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of heartbreaking truth and chilling revelation.

From the Jacket

"A slam dunk ... You race to turn the pages ... both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny."-People

"Terrific."-Boston Globe

"A winner."-Orlando Sentinel

"Fast-paced ... layered with both tenderness and fun ... Coben [is] a gifted storyteller."-Denver Post

About the Author

Harlan Coben is the winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards. His critically acclaimed novels have been published in thirty-three languages around the world and have been number one bestsellers in more than half a dozen countries. In addition to the Myron Bolitar series (Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away, Back Spin, One False Move, The Final Detail, Darkest Fear, and the upcoming Promise Me), he is also the author of Tell No One, Gone for Good, The Innocent, The Woods, and Hold Tight.

Editorial Reviews

"A slam dunk ... You race to turn the pages ... both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny."-People

"Terrific."-Boston Globe

"A winner."-Orlando Sentinel

"Fast-paced ... layered with both tenderness and fun ... Coben [is] a gifted storyteller."-Denver Post
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