Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood III) - book cover
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Published : 19 Oct 2021
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN-10 : 1538748231
  • ISBN-13 : 9781538748237
  • Language : English

Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood III)

In this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from Harlan Coben, a dead man's secrets fall into the hands of a vigilante antihero-drawing him down a dangerous road.

Over twenty years ago, the heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery of her family's estate, then locked inside an isolated cabin for months. Patricia escaped, but so did her captors - and the items stolen from her family were never recovered. 

Until now. On the Upper West Side, a recluse is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, alongside two objects of note: a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase bearing the initials WHL3. For the first time in years, the authorities have a lead - not only on Patricia's kidnapping, but also on another FBI cold case - with the suitcase and painting both pointing them toward one man.

Windsor Horne Lockwood III - or Win, as his few friends call him - doesn't know how his suitcase and his family's stolen painting ended up with a dead man. But his interest is piqued, especially when the FBI tells him that the man who kidnapped his cousin was also behind an act of domestic terrorism - and that the conspirators may still be at large. The two cases have baffled the FBI for decades, but Win has three things the FBI doesn't: a personal connection to the case; an ungodly fortune; and his own unique brand of justice. 

Editorial Reviews

"Coben never, ever lets you down."―Lee Child

"Coben, as is his wont, raises moral dilemmas readers will enjoy chewing on and pulse-pounding action scenes will keep the pages at least semi-frantically turning."―BookPage (Starred Review)

"Twisty-and we'd expect no less from the author of hot thrillers like Tell No One and Missing You."―AARP

"Crafty plot twists, fast-moving action, and witty dialogue . . . Can the antihero become a hero after all? Win answers that question in surprising and satisfying ways."―BookTrib

"I gobbled [Win] in literally a couple of days . . . It's fantastic."―Rachael Ray

"Coben is the undisputed king of suspense."―The Real Book Spy

"Harlan Coben's books are full of the thrilling, the unexpected, the twisty, and the memorable."―CrimeReads

"A propulsive thriller about a man whose quest to enact vigilante justice takes him down a dangerous path."―POPSUGAR

"Fun to read . . . with some tricky twists."―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"[Coben] has revealed himself as a master at shaping elaborate plots, and [Win] is no exception . . . keep[s] the reader guessing."―Toronto Star

"Outstanding." ―Winnipeg Free Press

"A clever, fun book . . . Characters are well done [and the] pacing is brisk."―Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"I read [Harlan Coben's] new book Run Away straight through without moving. It's RIVETING."―Ann Patchett (Praise for Run Away)

"Brilliantly executed...might be the best book Harlan Coben has ever written. For such a master storyteller, that's a high bar indeed but one Coben effortlessly crests...[Run Away] features an effortlessness and fluidity that define everything great storytelling should be. A fantastic read and early contender for the best thriller of 2019."―Providence Sunday Journal (Praise for Run Away)

"Every time you think Harlan Coben couldn't get any better at uncoiling a whip snake of a page-turner, he comes along with a new novel that somehow surpasses its predecessor."―SanFrancisco Chronicle

"Harlan Coben is a master at taking what seems to be an ordinary family and exposing the facade and secrets that are buried just below the surface. With Run Away, his writing and storytelling are firing on all cylinders."―Associated Press (Praise for Run Away)

"A twisty, edge-of-your-seat say more would ruin the sheer genius absolutely brilliant, taut thriller that begs to be read in one sitting."―<...

Readers Top Reviews

Random techieS. Datt
Don't let this be the first Harlan Coben book you read. This is a successor to the many previous novels featuring Win, Myron Bolitar and a variety of others. By all means queue it up, but read at least some of the others first. Back already? Ok. So this is Win, a terribly wealthy chap who you would never, trust me on this, never want to get on the wrong side of. And while this novel has much of Harlan Coben's stock in trade of twists and turns and the occasional betrayal of everything the reader has been led to believe, it's also a huge insight into the delight (if that's the word) that is Windsor Horne Lockwood III and his family. The plot? Ok, but I'm not going to tell you much. I don't want to risk spoilers. So the FBI pick up Win to ask about a murdered man they've found; a man nobody knows but has in his flat... No, can't tell you that. But from this apparently simple start, a complex and occasionally shocking sorry grows. It's hard to put down. And I loved it. One or two tiny niggles but forgivable. I hope there are more to come.
Love these stories of Myron, Win and families. Great story telling as always. How I wish there was a follow on to immediately dive into.
Kate Coombs
Just, wow. I stayed up half the night finishing this book. What a twisty mystery and amazing, crazy main character! Finding out what happened to each of the Jane Street Six is a great journey, and Win is an overpowering, surprising voice leading us along a convoluted path. He is surrounded by people with complex stories and motives of their own, but there is no doubt that Win is the star of this show, an anti-hero whose practical lack of morality is nevertheless balanced by his odd decisions about when to play Batman and save someone according to his own code of honor. Having Win simply be filthy rich and even threaten people with the power of his money is a bold move on Coben's part, and it works. It seems clear that Win has appeared in other books by the author; given the chance to play the lead in this one, he absolutely shines. Take a quirky, arrogant, wry bow, Win!
Sharon R -- A Regula
I enjoyed this book so much! I had been concerned a book focused on Win (without Myron) would be without heart. But that was not the case. If I met Win for the first time in this book, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much. But having grown to know him over the years (through all the other Myron and Win books) and having grown to love him, I absolutely adored it. I told myself I was going to stretch out reading it over several days so I could savor it. But I barely made it last 24 hours. I sincerely hope, if the author writes additional books in this series (which I hope he does), that he incorporates Myron into the storylines a bit because I really miss him. But even without Myron, this book was excellent - much better than most of the books I've read the last year or so. I like the way Coben incorporates societal issues without preaching at us or celebrating every one's perceived victimhood. He explores many of these issues from a perspective I understand and always incorporate wry humor. I only wish I could find more books with a similar outlook and tone.
Another excellent book by Harlan Coben. If you are a long time reader the Easter eggs and little nods to favorite characters and moments will have you smiling through the whole book. I have to admit, I hoped for a Myron reunion at the end, but letting Win have center stage for the entire book was a great choice. Wish we’d had a Mickey update, but it wouldn’t have flowed with the storyline easily. As a spinoff it is awesome. Far more complex than those usually are, with enough backstory to relate to the original series while still giving a brand new story feel. As a stand-alone it left me hoping there will be more Win stories in the future.