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“I Like To Challenge The Reader”

On a visit to Vero Beach, Harlan Coben reveals the secrets that have
made him a master of suspense.

Harlan Cohen, author of Caught. “If someone figures out the ending, I would be shocked,” he says.

Harlan Cohen, author of Caught. “If someone figures out the ending, I would be shocked,” he says.

 Before he starts to write a new novel, Harlan Coben asks the question, “What if?” – and usually more than once.

He muses about the answers until they form the beginnings of a plot. His characters step in at around this point to take their starring roles. He leads them on a circuitous route, and while he knows where he’s going, his readers seldom do. And he likes it that way.

His fans admit that getting there – with all the twists, fast-paced suspense, and crafty hints and dodges – is what makes a Harlan Coben thriller such great fun to read. And he’s done it again. This time with Caught, just in time for summer reading.

Read the entire article in the Summer 2010 issue