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The innocent
Harlan Coben
Adult Fiction COBEN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Once listeners get past an awkward prologue told in second person, present tense (?Your name is Matt Hunter. You are 20 years old...?), this twisty thriller reverts to the more familiar objective point of view, and the combination of Coben?s yarn spinning and Brick?s crisp, thoughtful narration mesmerizes. 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 the cusp of fatherhood when he receives an ominous phone call. And that?s just for openers. A master manipulator, Coben keeps the story in constant motion, shifting from Hunter?s travails to those of homicide detective Loren Muse, a lapsed Catholic who?s investigating the murder of a nun with breast implants. The pace is fast and furious as Hunter and Muse race along their collision course, but Brick?s cool, calculated delivery helps listeners hang on through the hairpin turns. From an African-American hooker and an aging mother superior to a hard-boiled ex-con and a sexy private eye, Brick conjures a proper vocal match for every character. Indeed, the combined efforts of author and narrator make for such an electrifying listen that an epilogue reverting to that second-person point of view barely dilutes this overall satisfying experience. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 7). (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Modern suburbia unravels in this latest puzzler from Coben (Just One Look). Matt Hunter has his entire life planned out until one fateful evening when his aspirations shatter. A young man dies in an accident in which Matt is implicated, and he is sentenced to a stint in prison. Nine years later, he is still haunted by the incident. Now happily married to Olivia, who loves him unconditionally, Matt starts to believe in a bright future. When Olivia heads north to attend a work conference, Matt's life starts to disintegrate again. Olivia appears to be having an affair, Matt finds himself being followed, and the police are starting to ask him some scary questions. A fascinating look at a seemingly ordinary life placed under a microscope and the lasting ramifications of one mistake, this is the definitive Coben novel-one that fans and newcomers alike will devour. Don't make the mistake of not reading it! Recommended for most popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/05.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Matt Hunter
Male
Married
Served time for killing a man; when his wife goes on a business trip he receives digital video showing her with another man, but before he can figure out who sent the pictures and why, he is back on the run from the cops who are accusing him of the murder of a nun.
Paralegal

Loren Muse
Female
Old school friend of Matt's; investigating the murder of a nun with a not so holy past; evidence links Matt to the murder.
Police investigator



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