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THE INNOCENT
by Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Thriller

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Coben's intricate thriller is a masterpiece of intrigue and intense drama. Nine years after he accidentally killed a man in a brawl, Matt Hunter is content. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant with their first child, and he's securely employed with a New Jersey law firm. Then Matt is shattered when his wife goes out of town
on business and he receives a camera phone message showing her in a compromising position with another man.

When Olivia's suspected lover, Charles Talley, becomes a murder
victim, Matt is fingered as the prime suspect. Though Detective Loren Muse,
a former schoolmate of Matt's, considers him a suspect, she leaves no stone unturned in her investigation, believing that Matt just might be innocent.

The suspense intensifies to peak levels when Matt learns some surprising news about Olivia's past and some of her recent connections. Just as the pieces of the puzzle seem to fall into place, Coben diverts readers with plenty of red herrings—and no one is above suspicion in this thrilling ride. (May, 416 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Dutton

Published: May 2005

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