The Innocent by Harlan Coben

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You never meant to kill him….

One night, Matt Hunter innocently tried to break up a fight—and ended up a killer. Now, nine years later, he’s an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and the two of them are closing on their dream house. But all it will take is one shocking, inexplicable call from Olivia’s phone to shatter Matt’s life a second time….

An electrifying thrill ride of a novel that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia, The Innocent is at once a twisting, turning, emotionally charged story and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave.



About Harlan Coben

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Harlan Coben is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Stay Close, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight, as well as the Myron Bolitar series and, more recently, a series aimed at young adults featuring Myron’s nephew, Mickey Bolitar. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony awards, he lives in New Jersey.
Published April 26, 2005 by Signet. 528 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Crime, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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As the unknown man keeps tugging on Matt’s leash by phoning him with further taunts, Coben plays out a pair of plot lines—a young woman’s search for information about her birth mother Candace Potter, aka Candi Cane, a Vegas stripper murdered ten years ago, and the much more recent death of Sister...

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Listeners are drawn into the nightmare world of Matt Hunter who, in that off-putting prologue, is attacked by a gang of drunken frat boys, accidentally kills one of them, is found guilty of murder, serves four years of hard time, picks up the pieces of his life, marries a loving woman and is on t...

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Book Reporter

To make matters worse, Hunter cannot locate Olivia, while the man in the video seems to have no trouble contacting Hunter and taunting him.

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Entertainment Weekly

Matt Hunter, the ordinary-guy hero of Harlan Coben's busy new thriller, takes a phone call from his pregnant wife, Olivia, on his new videophone — and sees her in a platinum blond wig reclining on a bed with another man.

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Coben entwines these seemingly disparate threads as the lives of Hunter and his wife become enmeshed with those of exotic dancers, the parents of Stephen McGrath, Loren Muse the investigator, various people from Hunter's childhood and even a pair of FBI agents, in a very violent and exceedingly m...

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Ex-con Matt Hunter is trying to rebuild his life and move forward after his four year prison sentence.

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